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Friday, February 25, 2011

The RedBull DJ Contest Takes Over DNA Lounge

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 9:20 AM

click to enlarge Red Bull contest winner Goldenchyld 
  • Red Bull contest winner Goldenchyld
    The Red Bull DJ Contest, featuring Solomon, Max Kane, Natalie Nuxx, DJ Dials, Platurn, Eric Sharp, Goldenchyld, and Jeffrey Paradise

    February 24, 2011

    @ DNA Lounge

    Better than: Throwing your hands up in the air because Fatman Scoop says so

    In a city where even the smallest of bars and restaurants seem to feature a DJ, one might wonder who in this city is the greatest DJ of them all? Thankfully, the Red bull THRE3Style event is intended to help answer this question. Last night it featured eight of the city's top DJs showcasing their party-rocking skills for a capacity crowd at DNA Lounge.

    The party, hosted by Bay Area hip-hop luminary Fran Boogie, kicked off with a Star Wars theme, courtesy of DJ Solomon, who displayed his abundant turntablist skills mixing from Top 40 into a host of jock jams, including The Contours and Outkast's "Hey Ya."

    Next up was B. Cause replacement Max Kane, who -- afflicted with a 100-degree fever and a hearing difficulty -- was unable to fulfill the billing as he struggled with beat-matching and failed to capture the crowd's ear with a mix of hip-hop and dubstep.

    Following Max Kane was the sole female DJ of the night, Natalie Nuxx, who made up for what she lacked in turntablist skills with track selection. She got the crowd going with her mix of vocal house and Top 40 tracks, trumpeting her status as one of the premier selectors of the night.

    Coming on next was DJ Dials who, primarily known for his dubstep parties, surprised the judges with an eclectic mix of everything from Radiohead to Jackson 5. According to this reviewer, this set was among the Top 3 of the night, even if the judges didn't agree; DJ Dials was able to bridge the gap between house-party rocker and proper house music DJ, ending with a sing-along to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

    As the crowd increased in size and energy, including some of the Bay's most recognizable DJs, such as King Most, Teeko, White Mike, Nisus, ShortKut and Audio1, DJs Platurn and Eric Sharp took the stage, each featuring the sound that their resident crowds have come to appreciate, without branching out much further.

    The final pair of contestants were former DMC winner Goldenchyld versus nightlife luminary Jeffrey Paradise, each of which showcased their own unique brand of party-rocking skills. It was clear however, from Goldenchyld's superior scratching and mixing skills, along with the crowd's chanting, that he was destined to be the winner.

    click to enlarge Jazzy Jeff
    • Jazzy Jeff
    This prediction turned to be true, as the microphone was turned over to the judges, including SOM.'s Hakabo, S.F. promotional phenom Trevor Simpson, DJ ShortKut (veteran of Invisibl Skratch Piklz), and the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, who agreed that the night's prize belonged to the crowd favorite, Goldenchyld. As the runners-up prizes were handed out to Solomon and Natalie Nuxx, respectively, the crowd cheered and swayed and awaited a mainstream hip-hop set from the contest's premier judge, Jazzy Jeff.

    Some in the audience continued to disagree over who deserved to be in the contest and who was the better DJ. But most everyone could agree that they were in the presence of some of the artform's preeminent talents, and above all, it was the music that mattered.

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