Words by: Enesha Edwards | Images by: Shea Flynn
Red Bull Thre3style 2012 World Finals :: 09.25.12-09.29.12 :: Chicago, IL
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Dj’s from all over the world gathered for a week long competition on the ones and twos at the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals held in Chicago. For a total of five days, there were Red Bull girls and a herd of people anxiously waiting to see who will be crowned the winner of the Thre3tyle World Finals. After four days of picking a qualifier, the main event occurred on Saturday September 29, 2012. Renowned judges like DJ Jazzy Jeff, Questlove and Cosmo Baker based their decisions off of each DJ's track selection, creativity and mixing skills.
Tuesday September 25, 2012
Spain’s D.Beam takes the first spot in the Thre3style World Finals. He scratched and mixed genres together, wowing the audience and the judges. Unique songs that he featured in the set had the crowd rocking. 90's hip-hop and dance anthems ignited off of DJ D. Beam's turntables and during the intense 15 minute set the audience knew that the week-long competition would not disappoint. From dance grooves to present day hip-hop, D. Beam of Spain didn’t miss a beat as he scratched his way into the Thre3style World Finals. He mixed polarizing genres and remixed everyone’s favorite club songs. He was the artist and the turntables were his canvas. Spain’s D. Beam was the Picasso that night. And there were still three nights left to determine who D. Beam would be battling against in the finals.
Wednesday September 26, 2012
As if we didn’t already need a reason to visit Chile, DJ Drummer solidified the notion. On Wednesday night, DJ Drummer owned the crowd as he party rocked his way into the second slot of the pre-qualifier. The crowd of 500 people swayed and roared in excitement throughout DJ Drummer’s entire set. The way he controlled the crowd was mind-blowing and it was evident that DJ Drummer of Chile was a force to be reckoned with. His 15 minute set was a combination of dance, rock, pop and hip-hop anthems that only he could mix. DJ Drummer of Chile joined D. Beam as a finalist for the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals!
Thursday September 27, 2012
Canada’s DJ Shub set was old school for the new school. He began his 15 minutes of battle with reggae that made you want to show off your favorite dancehall moves. His set quickly eased into some 90’s Hip-Hop classics that had the whole crowd jamming like it was 1999. The transitions between songs were smooth and quick. At one point he teased the crowd with Adele’s Rolling in the Deep before shouting out Chicago with Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like.” The crowd was attuned to each of DJ Shub’s mixes and they cheered in excitement throughout his entire eclectic set. DJ Shub was the third finalist and he joined D. Beam and DJ Drummer to compete against one another in the finals taking place on Saturday September 29, 2012.
Friday September 28, 2012
Jamaica’s DJ Nicco takes the final spot to compete in the World finals. His 15 minute set appropriately opened with some reggae classics from Bob Marley. DJ Nicco had the crowd grooving like they were in Jamaica dancing under the sun. He quickly transitioned into some dance anthems and pop classics. The way he worked the crowd was electrifying as he showed off his mixing skills. DJ Nicco moved from song to song as he owned the building. He engaged his audience throughout his 15 minute set and showed us all what it means to compete. The set was nostalgic of the reggae movement. But, reggae wasn’t DJ Nicco’s only genre of music to mashup and distort. He dabbled into some hip-hop, some dance favorites and pop. DJ Nicco joined the previous night’s finalist, D. Beam, DJ Drummer and DJ Shub as they all were set to compete against each other in the World Finals.
Saturday September 29, 2012
After four nights of battling it out on the 1’s and 2’s, the United States very own Four Color Zack won the Red Bull Thre3style World finals. While he didn’t win any of the pre-qualifiers, he was able to compete as a wild card, competing against the world’s best DJs. His 15 minute set opened with club bangers and anthems that had the whole crowd moving. The set was a mix of dance, pop and hip-hop mixes. At one point he added in some 80‘s pop, effortlessly moving over the decades as the sounds from his turntables flowed over the crowds. From Jay-Z and Kanye West to alternative group, Vampire Weekend, the Seattle native’s wicked blend, smooth transitions, and vibrant mixes took the competition to its highest peak. Four Color Zack earned his win at the Thre3style World Finals in Chicago and made his country proud!
The weeklong competitions held at various venues in Chicago were packed each night. There couldn’t have been a more perfect place to witness the skills of these brilliant DJs featured in the Thre3style Red Bull World Finals. Special thanks to Host Hollywood Holt who kept the crowds entertained each night as the DJs battled it out. Thank you to the sponsors and the venue and most of all thank you to the DJ’s for providing a memorable week for all of the fans. Here’s a heartfelt congratulations going out to all the talented and worthy competitors this year. Looking forward to the next showdown!
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