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“Needle dropping” is a technique in which a DJ drops the stylus at the exact point where he wants playback to begin without previously cueing the record. The method was pioneered by Grand Wizzard Theodore in the 1970s and is still used to this day.
And while there’s been numerous routine videos of turntablists showcasing their scratching and juggling skills in recent years, videos of DJs needle dropping have been less frequent due to the increased use of DVS such as Serato and Traktor.
Which leads us to DJ Woody, an award-winning turntablist who prides himself on being a true student of the game. In his aptly-titled video, “Just Plain Ill,” the English DJ takes a minute of his time to flex his needle dropping skills. Watch the minute-long clip above.
Related: Watch DJ Woody’s Jazzy ‘Step Up’ Routine