Denver’s “Lo-Do” shook last night as the top party-rock DJs from across the U.S. faced off at the Red Bull Thre3Style National Finals. More than 1,400 fans packed Beta Nightclub to catch a glimpse of this creative and innovative DJ battle. The Night culminated with an unforgettable finale performance by DJ Jazzy Jeff and ?uestlove.
Ten DJs took to the turntables to showcase their talent and prove their supremacy as the best party-rock DJ in the U.S. After more than three hours of intense competition, Michael McPherson, aka DJ M-Squared of Orlando, Florida, captured the coveted title of Red Bull Thre3Style National Champ, narrowly besting D-JR of Phoenix and DJ Magmanimous of Denver.
With the victory, M-Squared (pictured at left) advances to the Red Bull Thr3Style Global Finals in Paris, France to represent the USA, where he will face winners from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Ecuador, France, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
“It feels completely exhilarating!” said DJ M-Squared. “There were so many talented DJs bringing so many unique styles. I am thrilled to represent this crowd in Paris and look forward to showing the world what American DJs are all about.”
All competing DJ’s - DJ Morse Code (Los Angeles), DJ Mahr (St. Louis), D-JR (Phoenix), DJ Apryl Reign (Cincinnati), DJ Bonics (Pittsburgh), DJ Moma (NYC), DJ Magmanimous (Denver), DJ Baby Jae (Houston), DJ M-Squared (Orlando), DJ Joe Vega (Dallas) - put together impressive 15-minute sets containing at least three different musical genres (with no mixing programs allowed). The tunes featured ranged from Ludacris to the Beastie Boys and even Pantera.
Six judges, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, ?uestlove, Ricardo Baca (Denver Post), Noah McMahan (The Beauty Bar), and Brad Roulier (Beatport) had the near-impossible task of scoring each set and selecting the winner based on track selection, creativity, mixing skills, stage presence and crowd reaction.
“I’ve always appreciated Red Bull’s efforts to organize DJs, producers, beat-makers and musicians for unique events like this one,” said ?uestlove (pictured at left with DJ Jazzy Jeff). “Here they’ve gathered the best DJs in the country and created the best DJ competition in the world.”
Following the coronation of M-Squared as Red Bull Thre3Style King, the exhilarated crowd was treated to a finale performance by DJ Jazzy Jeff and ?uestlove. The duo teamed up for their 2nd-ever public performance to conclude the epic night of music, playing a 45-minute set that left the crowd dancing and cheering for more.