DJ Goldenchyld Carlo Cruz / Red Bull Photofiles

DNA Lounge was host to the Bay Area stop of Red Bull Thre3style 2011, where 800 turntable fanatics braved the rainy weather to watch DJs compete in the ultimate battle of turntablism.

The competitors were not only asked to come out with innovative styles to burn the vinyl, but also to -- more or less -- rock the party. According to all accounts, all DJs did that and more.

San Jose-based DJ Goldenchyld was the only one that went above and beyond to move the crowd -- battling and scratching, and performing as if it was the party of the century.

He battled it out against seven other local DJs, each tasked with performing a 15-minute set that must contain at least three different musical genres. A panel of music industry judges selects the winners based on track selection, creativity, mixing skills, stage presence and crowd reaction.

According to DJ Goldenchyld: “If you’re not pushing yourself, you’re not going to grow.”

The judges agreed with the sentiment: DJ Hakobo, Trevor Simpson, DJ Shortkut, and the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff felt DJ Goldenchyld pushed himself the farthest.

He was rewarded with an opportunity to be one of three West Coast qualifying DJs, making him one step closer to making it to the National Finals in Las Vegas.

The DJs who didn’t make it included: Solomon, Max Kane, Natalie Nuxx, Dials, Platurn, Eric Sharp and Jeffrey Paradise.

Thre3style West Coast Details

  • 2011 features qualifying events across the Nation.
  • Top DJs from San Francisco, Phoenix and Los Angeles will battle for two West Coast spots in the National Finals in Las Vegas in November.
  • Winner of the National Finals will compete for the International Final in Vancouver, B.C., Canada in December

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