Last Saturday night, Mannie Fresh hosted New Orleans’ top DJs at the Metropolitan for the Red Bull Thre3style local qualifier. One by one, eight DJs took to the decks to showcase their mixing skills and get the party rockin'.
The only rule was that each DJ had to mix at least three genres of music into a 15-minute set, and by the end of the evening, DJ Spin had taken top honors.
On hand to judge the event were 2010 Red Bull Thre3style National Champ DJ M-Squared, record collector/historian/DJ Brice Nice, DJ/producer Raj Smoove, New Orleans radio icon Wild Wayne and 5x DMC World Champion Craze. DJ M-Squared, Craze and DJ Wop also performed guest sets.
The contest produced several memorable moments which showcased the diverse talents of New Orleans DJs. Bomshell Boogie started the contest with her own spin on Pretty Girl Rock. Tony Skratchere finished his set with a booming dubstep remix of Still Fly, which even surprised Mannie Fresh.
Definition DJ Chicken dedicated his set to close friend Definition DJ Seven’s recent losses before firing up the dance floor with a bounce and hip-hop inspired set. Beverly Skillz followed and clearly demonstrated why she was the top Louisiana finisher at the recent DMC New Orleans turntablist battle, which Tony Skratchere produced.
DJ Spin was up fifth, and he came ready to battle and rock the party with a deep collection of New Orleans classics and DJ classics. Red Bull Thre3style judge Wild Wayne summed up his set best: “Spin won hands-down with a skillful display of hip-hop, bounce, pop, techno and R&B, all of which combined to rock the room!”
DJ Jive and DJ Kemistry, who also perform together as Force Feed Radio, followed in sixth and seventh, respectively, and showed why they are two of the most sought-after club DJs in the city. Jive even offered a well-timed homage to New Orleans’ revered brass band scene with a remix of Rebirth Brass Band’s Feel Like Funkin it Up.
DJ Digital closed out the contest with a skillful display of live blends and cuts that covered too many genres to count. His final blend of Whodini and Garth Brooks was an intelligent nod of respect to his DJ friends and an appropriate conclusion to the contest.
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“We are all family down here.” explained DJ Kemistry. “I've said it many times before, but the DJ talent in New Orleans can rival that of any city in the world hands-down. I couldn’t be happier for DJ Spin. He could be considered the godfather of the current generation of DJs in New Orleans and he never fails to bring the heat!”
DJ Spin was humble in victory and praised everyone who contributed to the evening by offering these closing thoughts: “Shout out to Mannie Fresh for being a great host and big thank you to DJ M-Squared and Craze for blessing us with their DJ sets. The experience is a great honor; big ups to Red Bull for recognizing the talent in the New Orleans area!”
DJ Spin will now travel to Dallas to compete in regionals on May 20th. The top two DJs from the Dallas regional will then fly to Las Vegas in November for the National Red Bull Thre3Style Championship. The winner there will head to Vancouver, British Columbia, to compete in the global finals against the world’s best party-rocking DJs in hopes of being crowned the 2011 Red Bull Thre3Style World Champion.
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