What do Z-Trip, Just Blaze, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, The Rub, DJ Nu-Mark, Peanut Butter Wolf, Smalltown DJs, Team Canada, Vinyl Ritchie, The Freshest, Faction Sound Crew, The Goodfellas and Skratch Bastid have in common?
We are 3 weeks away from the week-long party that will be the 2nd Annual Red Bull Thre3Style World Championships. DJs from all over the globe will hit Vancouver with their best tunes & slickest routines, no doubt bringing along some top secret, last minute magic in an effort to bring home the gold. The event has grown this year, and the finals have been reorganized to give the people, and the DJs, the best club experience possible.
The competition has now been laid out over 4 ‘elimination’ nights to accommodate the amount of countries now involved (18!) and to give all DJs good prime-time slots to shine. The competitors have been evenly distributed over the 4 nights by continent, along with showcases from some of the biggest names in the biz (did you see that line-up??). The final night will feature a showdown between the winners from each elimination, and sets from seasoned dancefloor slayers DJ Z-Trip & DJ Nu-Mark, along with my brother-in-wax-allegiance Vinyl Ritchie. That means the best of the best will have to rock TWO venues & parties on different nights. Sounds like a suitable challenge for those looking to take home the title of “World’s Best Party Rocker”.
Last year’s world finals in Paris brought the house down at Élysée Montmartre and I can’t tell you how excited I am to see the world finals come to Canada – a country known for it’s enthusiastic crowds and party people. It will be the perfect setting for each country’s champ to show & prove. The event is bigger, the stakes are higher, and I’m ready to see a show! Catch you in Vancouver.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 1st in Vancouver at Beatstreet, LiveStock and Dipt. Web link for tickets and more info is over at the official Red Bull Thre3Style website. I will be judging at the elimination events all week, and performing Wednesday, December 14th, along with Vancouver’s The Freshest, and founder of Stones Throw Records, the legendary Peanut Butter Wolf.
Here are a couple videos to get you ready for the big event. First, a little Thre3Style 101 from yours truly for those who don’t know what the competition is all about: