DJs Throw Down in the Red Bull Thre3Style PGH Regional Qualifier
Red Bull Thre3Style is an international DJ contest aimed at creating pure dance floor pandemonium. In October, DJs everywhere had the opportunity to submit a five minute video displaying their DJ abilities. Applicants were narrowed down and slotted into one of 12 Regional US Qualifiers by judges DJ Jazzy Jeff, Four Color Zack, DJ Hedspin, Skratch Bastid, and Z-Trip. A total of five competitors were selected to perform at the Pittsburgh Regional Qualifier at the Rex Theater on Sat., Jan. 31.
Originating as an underground Canadian brainchild in 2007, Red Bull Thre3style went worldwide for the first time in 2010 when their World Finals were hosted in Paris, France. This has effectively changed the face of modern DJ battles by pitting 10 countries’ top DJs against each other. Since expanding beyond Canadian and American borders, the world finals have been hosted not only by Paris, but also by Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, and Baku, Azerbaijan. This year the world finals,what is now the world’s largest DJ competition, will be held in Tokyo, Japan. Before competitors board the plane, they will first have to prove their worth in Pittsburgh. Then winners of each Regional US Qualifier will advance to the Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships in Phoenix, Arizona this spring.
No matter which stage of the competition each DJ finds themselves in, the rules of the game are law. Competitors get just 15 minutes of table time and must play at least three genres of music to flaunt what they’ve got and prove they’re the best DJ in the room. DJs are ranked by expert judges based on a strict mandate of criteria: original track selection, creative mixing, technical mixing, stage presence, and crowd response.
The lineup this year is stacked heavy with former competitors and regional champions, each one hungry for a chance to ignite a room and earn a spot in Nationals:
DJ Bamboo (Pittsburgh), Former Competitor
DJ Bonics (Philadelphia), Former Pittsburgh Champion, and touring DJ for Wiz Khalifa
DJ Charlie White (Los Angeles), Former Competitor
DJ Midas (Pittsburgh), Former Competitor
and DJ Petey C (Pittsburgh), Two time defending Pittsburgh champion
Judging the Pittsburgh competition this year will be 2012 World Thre3Style Champion Four Color Zack, 2013 East Region Thre3Style Champion Matthew Law (DJ PHSH), and veteran DJ & production guru ENFERNO.
This is a night that won’t go down without a fight. See you there. RSVP here: win.gs/3stylePGH.