DJ Chris Karns Puts the Competition to Bed on the Latest SMIRNOFF “Master of the Mix”


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It’s getting to the point on SMIRNOFF’s Master of The Mix where the competition is at an all-time high, as there are only four DJ’s left after last night. Its also getting to the point on MOTM where I can write these recaps on auto-pilot because DJ Chris Karns has K.O.ed yet another challenge. His latest victim? The “Bend The Ten” challenge.

For this challenge, the remaining DJs were given ten very different cuts - ranging from Method Man’s “Bring The Pain” to Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man” to “Domino” by Jessie J - that they must use incorporate into their set. Before getting started, they had a meeting with Judge Ben Maddahi who gave them all some sage advice. From that meeting, we learned that Chris has some big plans for the future, as he said, “I want to start putting out a lot more of my own music but, long term, the thing I love to do best is perform.” Chris’ eagerness to perform live was showcased in his work ethic on this set. While some of the DJs were socializing, Karns got right to work; and the way he was working, it was clear Chris’ creative juices were flowing. While he admitted that these tracks were not what he would normally play, he still felt confident exclaiming, “Yeah, I got this,” before adding, “at this point I’m feeling like other DJs in the competition should be worried.” Uh…Chris… I’m pretty sure the other DJs were quivering in their headphones after the first day.

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Karns’ confidence carried over into this set, one of his best efforts yet. Chris started with Melanie Fiona’s “4 AM” and, despite the big deference in styles, seamless transitioned into a salsa-based cut. While impressive, Chris really his stride about midway through the set, when he went form Queen’s classic “Another One Bites The Dust” into Wilco’s “California Stars”, then flipped the Jessie J guitar riff on the mixer into “I’ve Got A Feeling”, which wasn’t even one of the ten songs he had to play. Chris got outside the box, but still had his signature flawless transitions and scratching. As Chris said, “scratching is what I do best in this world” and he is right. But Chris does another thing well; perform under pressure. It’s a good thing too because, now that there are only a few week left, the stakes will get higher and the DJs will truly be truly tested in an their effort to be Master Of The Mix.

You can catch SMIRNOFF’s Master of The Mix, Monday nights at 12 AM EST. You can also find the episodes and cool behind the scenes information on VH1.com. If you want to transform your room into a club, you can stream each set right here. Want to see what’s in store for next week? Here is a teaser for the next episode where the contestants put their spin on an Estelle cut, with the UK songstress guest judging.

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Written by Lucas G. on 05/21/13


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