On January 16th, it went down! DJ’s: Petey C, Pete Butta, Hank D, Midas, and myself played 15 minute sets in hopes of pleasing the crowd and judges at Altar Bar. For those of you who do not know, the rules of the 3Style are simple; you get 15 minutes to rock the party using 3 genres of music. The event was hosted by MC Akrobatik and judges were DJ Selecta (owner of 720 Records), DJ Bonics (Wiz Khalifa-Taylor Gang, 3Style National Finalist 2010), and Four Color Zack (2012 Red Bull 3Style World Champion). Major respect goes out to all the competitors, it was an honor going against these guys. They all are huge mentors to me, I have learned so much just from watching these guys rock parties and nightclubs.
The order of DJs was chosen early in the night and went as follows: Midas, Myself, Hank D, Petey C, and Pete Butta. Everyone did amazing during their sets. From party rock anthems to clean transitions to clever and crafty word play, every DJ brought their ‘A’ game. Petey C took the crown for the 2nd year in a row, Midas took 2nd, and I finished in 3rd.
It’s hard to believe that just two years ago I was in the crowd watching this competition, in hopes that one day I would be able to compete in one. Words cannot express how nervous I was before the event, but that all fell through as soon as I stepped on stage. There really is no better feeling than being behind the turntables and looking out to a crowd that is having a great time.
Huge thank you to the Red Bull team, Gideon, Adam, DJ Nugget, and everyone else that made this event possible.
Last but not least, thank you to all my friends and supporters that came out that night. It means the world to me that you took time out of your busy day to rock out with me for 15 minutes. I really appreciate it and hope you will keep up the support as I continue my journey as a DJ. You guys are the best, I am truly blessed!
I have more battle ventures coming this summer including another attempt at taking the title at the national final of Coast2Coast in Miami! Keep posted to my Twitter: @DJ_Bamboo and Facebook (DJ Bamboo) for show/gig updates, live mixes, and more! Thanks for reading, catch up with you all again soon!