Most people do not realize this, but DJing is a competitive art form. Or at least, it was at one time. Competitions, like the legendary DMC World DJ Championships, used to hold a real weight in the record slinging world, offering selectors a chance to put their skills on the line to see where they stand next to the competition. Tonight, High Fantasy, a high-concept drag and dance party at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, harkens back to those more adversarial days -- albeit in the spirit of friendly competition -- with its second annual DJ Battle. Full details after the jump, but if you want to get right to it, head to the party's Facebook page.
Not limited to any particular genre (or equipment), contestants will be judged on mixing ability, stage presence, originality, and technical tricks, with winners ultimately gauged by crowd response and a score from Miss Shannon Pat, the competition's official judge. Prizes will be doled out courtesy of local dance labels Icee Hot and Moulton Music.
Here are the rules as described by Myles Cooper, High Fantasy's master of ceremonies.
* DJs must sign up at 10 p.m. and there are 8 slots in the contest / first come / first serve.
* DJs get a maximum of 6 minutes to perform.
* In the event of a tie: DJs will go head to head in a sweat round battle each taking 60 seconds to DJ until clear winner is duh obvious.
* DJs pay $3 cover please and no list / zero attitude as always.
* DJs bring their own needles / headphones / records
* DJs: We will have two DJ booths each with 2 technics 1200 turntables. One booth will have a Native Instruments Z2 mixer (Traktor Scratch can be used if you have control vinyl) and the other will have a Rane 56s... We may have Serato hooked up for that one as well... as an option. If you prefer one mixer over the over please specify at sign up.
* DJs: If you have any specialized equipment (computers, controllers, chargers, whatever) - you must be able to plug it in quickly and you must provide all your own cables. We want to keep the transitions smooth and you will only have a few minutes to set up between DJs.
* You can play whatever kind of music you want but please no music that is racist, sexist or anti LGBT in nature.
And lest you get the wrong idea, Cooper stresses, "the DJ battle tonight is not about competing against one another, but rather dissolving the cliques, giving everyone a gig, promoting the local artists and labels, listening to one another, flexing a creative muscle and building on our history of club culture. This is about peace, understanding and community."