After an intense battle between eleven of the country's best DJs, the esteemed panel of industry judges named Big Once as the national champ. The Chicago-based DJ will go on to represent the U.S. at the Red Bull Thre3Style World Finals in Vancouver, B.C. this December. After Big Once received his custom award, featured performers Talib Kweli and DJ Vice gave a special first-time ever performance that capped off the night.
As one of the top U.S. party destinations, Las Vegas proved to be a perfect location to host the Red Bull Thre3Style National Finals. The 11 competing DJs represented their respective cities with pride in the city of sin; they included Goldenchyld (San Francisco), M2 (Phoenix), Dynamix (Los Angeles), Vajra (Boulder), Fishr Pryce (Dallas), Epps (Miami), Jelly (Atlanta), GetLive (Brooklyn), Jahsonic (Washington D.C.), Deception (St. Louis) and Big Once (Chicago). Each was tasked with performing a 15-minute set that included at least three different musical genres.
The judges, who included DJ Vice (top international DJ), DJ Momjeans (A-list DJ, aka Danny Masterson), Sujit Kundu (founder of SKAM Artists), Matt Adell (CEO at Beatport) and Clark Warner (VP of Music Services at Beatport), had the difficult task of selecting the winner based on track selection, creativity, mixing skills, stage presence and crowd reaction.
Featured performer and judge, DJ Vice said, “I want to be able walk away saying, ‘I need to step up my game’.” More specifically he noted, “The winner needs to be the whole package- personality, skills, good musical taste and the ability to mix together three different genres of music.”
Of all the talented DJs in the finals, Big Once impressed the judges and crowd the most with his seamless mix between electro, dubstep and rock. “I designed the set to be really interactive,” he explained. “I opened strong and finished strong and I had some weird things in the middle to keep it interesting.” Since he had never been to Las Vegas before, he said that he reached out to a few DJs that play there regularly to get some advice. The 30-year-old will head to Vancouver in early December to compete against some of the top party rockers in the world. The word is mum on what he’ll bring to the table, per his strategy, and his only expectation is to win.
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