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Skratch Bastid Discusses the ‘Amen Breakbeat’

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The 2016 Red Bull Thre3style World Finals included a variety of workshops and jam sessions. One of our favorites was the “Ultimate Breaks and Beats” event, which was named after the 1980s compilation series of the same name.

In this behind the scenes clip, Skratch Bastid discusses the importance of the “Amen break” and Poland’s VaZee scratches over it.

Released by The Winstons in 1969, “Amen, Brother” is one of the most famous samples of all time. According to WhoSampled, it has been used in over 2,500 hip-hop, jungle, and drum and bass songs.

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69Beats Shares Advice on How to Create a Thre3style Routine

69Beats

69Beats
69Beats performs at the Red Bull Thre3style World Final in Santiago, Chile on Dec. 16, 2016. (Alfred Jürgen Westermeyer/Red Bull)

69Beats, the 2016 Red Bull Thre3style Poland Champion, has shared some advice on how to create a Thre3style routine. The 28-year-old DJ has been inspired to help beginner DJs as the submission process for this year’s competition approaches.

In a lengthy message posted to Facebook and YouTube, 69Beats broke down his “Fire Story” sequence, which he performed at last year’s world finals. The sequence is based on “storytelling,” a technique in which a DJ strings together multiple “word plays” to tell a story.

“Storytelling is nothing new in [the] DJ world,” 69Beats wrote on Facebook. “There are many, many sets with many different approaches to storytelling. For me storytelling was a natural ‘level-up’ from just simple word play.”

He continued: “While preparing for Thre3style 2016 I wanted to take [it] a little further for myself so instead of just mixing tracks with the same phrases I started collecting tracks that had the same theme and doing bigger combos of them. And while [I was] collecting ‘fire’ themed songs I started to see that some of them [were] actualy [sic] creating a sequence of events and decided to make a full routine based on that.”

69Beats also wanted the routine to be veristile [sic] as possible. “The whole sequence is flavoured with as many different techniques as possible – scratching, juggling, tone playing/pitch playing, fingerdrumming [sic], cue point drumming etc.”

Watch the sequence and read his in-depth breakdown below.

Related: 69Beats Featured in DJcityTV’s ‘Tone Play’ Series

DJ Cross Performs Unheard Thre3style Routine

DJ Cross

DJ Cross, the 2016 Red Bull Thre3Style Belgium Champion, has performed an unheard Thre3style routine exclusively for DJcityTV. The two-a-half-minute piece was intended to be the intro of his set at the world finals, but he didn’t get a chance to perform it.

Tracklist:

1. The East Flatbush Project ft. DeS – Tried By 12
2. Cronelnegro Acapella
3. TNGHT – Bugg’n
4. Eek-A-Mouse – Anarexol – D-DOTs Remix
5. Buraka Som Sistema – Hangover (BaBaBa) – Acapella
6. RL Grime – Core

Related: Meet Red Bull Thre3style World Finalist, DJ Cross

Watch DJ Puffy’s Winning Set at Red Bull Thre3style World Finals

DJ Puffy

DJ Puffy
DJ Puffy wins the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals in Santiago, Chile on Dec. 17, 2016. (credit: Red Bull)

Barbados’ DJ Puffy was crowned the 2016 Red Bull Thre3style World Champion in Santiago, Chile on Saturday night.

The 24-year-old party rocker faced stiff competition from Australia’s Beast Mode, Canada’s Trapment, Japan’s DJ You-Ki, and the United Kingdom’s JFB.

Judging the battle were legends DJ Jazzy Jeff, Craze, Z-Trip, DJ Nu-Mark, and Skratch Bastid.

Like his previous Thre3style sets, Puffy’s performance was distinguished by an energetic stage presence, Caribbean rhythms, and dubplates.

“I am an energy factory, I’m overwhelmed,” Puffy said after the win. “I will carry the torch the best I can as the best DJ in the world for the next year.”

Watch his winning set and post-competition interview below.

Related: Red Bull Thre3style World Finals: Day 5 Recap

Red Bull Thre3style World Finals: Day 5 Recap

Beast Mode

Beast Mode
Beast Mode wins the fourth round of the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals in Santiago, Chile on Dec. 16, 2016. (Alfred Jürgen Westermeyer / Red Bull)

Fifth day and fourth round

Australia’s Beast Mode advanced to the final round of the 2016 Red Bull Thre3style World Finals on Friday night by winning the fourth qualifier.

Competing in the round were Germany’s Pro-Zeiko, New Zealand’s Ruse, Poland’s 69Beats, Switzerland’s Flink, and the United States’ Trayze.

Earlier that day, DJcity’s Styles Davis moderated two discussion panels. The first one featured the previous Thre3style world champions BYTE, ESKEI83, Shintaro, Four Color Zack, Hedspin, and Karve. The second panel featured legendary DJs Jazzy Jeff, Mix Master Mike, Craze, Z-Trip, Numark, and Skratch Bastid.

A detailed written account of the day from DJ Kutcorners can be found on Serato’s website.

Watch Beast Mode’s set and DJcity’s recap below.

Final round

Tune in to the live stream of the final round on Saturday at 1 p.m. PST on Thre3style’s website.

Competing in the round will be Australia’s Beast Mode, Barbados’ Puffy, Canada’s Trapment, Japan’s You-Ki, and the United Kingdoms’ JFB.

Related: Red Bull Thre3style World Finals: Day 4 Recap

Red Bull Thre3style World Finals: Day 4 Recap

DJ You-Ki

DJ You-Ki
DJ You-Ki wins the third round of the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals in Santiago, Chile, on Dec. 15, 2016. (Maria Jose Govea / Red Bull)

Forth day and third round

Japan’s DJ You-Ki moved on to the final round of the 2016 Red Bull Thre3style World Finals on Thursday night by winning the third qualifier.

Competing in the round were Austria’s Busy Fingaz, Azerbaijan’s N.E.Z, Mexico’s Jimmix, Thailand’s Bomber Selecta, and Taiwan’s DinPei.

The event also featured a headliner set from Mix Master Mike.

During the day, the judges and competitors participated in a jam session using only songs from the classic compilation series, Ultimate Beats and Breaks. DJs flexed their juggling and scratching skills, and Skratch Bastid gave insight into each of the records and their importance in shaping the culture.

A detailed written account of the day can be found on Serato’s website.

Watch You-Ki’s set and DJcity’s recap below.

Third round

Tune in to the live stream of the forth round on Friday night at approximately 6:30 PST DJcity’s Facebook page. DJcity’s Styles Davis will also be live-tweeting.

Competing in the round will be Australia’s Beast Mode, Germany’s Pro-Zeiko, New Zealand’s Ruse, Poland’s 69Beats, and the United States’ Trayze.

Related: Red Bull Thre3style World Finals: Day 3 Recap

Red Bull Thre3style World Finals: Day 3 Recap

DJ Puffy

DJ Puffy
DJ Puffy wins the second round of the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals in Santiago, Chile on De. 14, 2016. (photo: Alfred Jürgen Westermeyer / Red Bull)

Third day and second round

Barbados’ DJ Puffy moved on to the final round of the 2016 Red Bull Thre3style World Finals on Wednesday night by winning the second qualifier.

Competing in the round were Brazil’s A, France’s Stresh, Italy’s Delta, Spain’s Ches, and Belgium’s Cross.

Earlier that day, Serato hosted a “Rip n Flip” contest, which challenged DJs to create on-the-fly edits and remixes using the Serato Flip expansion pack. VaZee, this year’s IDA Online Scratch Champion, was chosen as the winner by judges Jazzy Jeff, Skratch Bastid, Hedspin, and Nedu Lopes.

A detailed written account of the day can be found on Serato’s website.

Watch Puffy’s set and DJcity’s recap below.

Third round

Tune in to the live stream of the third round on Thursday night at 6:30 PST DJcity’s Facebook page. DJcity’s Styles Davis will also be live-tweeting.

Competing in the round will be Austria’s Busy Fingaz, Azerbaijan’s N.E.Z, Japan’s YOU-KI, Mexico’s Jimmix, Thailand’s Bomber Selecta, and Taiwan’s DinPei.

Related: Red Bull Thre3style World Finals: Day 2 Recap

Red Bull Thre3style World Finals: Day 2 Recap

JFB
JFB at the first round of the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals in Santiago, Chile on Dec. 13, 2016. (photo: Julian Melanson / DJcity)

The United Kingdom’s JFB advanced to the final round of the 2016 Red Bull Thre3style World Finals on Tuesday night by winning the first qualifier.

The round included Chile’s Diego Zapata, Argentina’s Lautaro Palenque, the Netherlands’ Abstract, South Korea’s J.fitz, and Canada’s Trapment.

A detailed written account of the qualifier can be found on Serato’s website.

Earlier in the day, the Thre3style judges and all 24 contestants formed into teams and got started on a week-long remix contest with Pioneer DJ’s TORAIZ SP-16 sampler.

Watch JFB’s winning set and a recap of the day below and tune in to the live stream of the second round on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. PST on DJcity’s Facebook page. DJcity’s Styles Davis will also be live-tweeting.

Competing in the second round will be Brazil’s DJ A, France’s Stresh, Barbados’ Puffy, Italy’s Delta, Spain’s Ches, and Belgium’s Cross.

Related: Red Bull Thre3style World Finals: Day 1 Recap

2016 Red Bull Thre3style World Finals: Day 1 Recap

DJ Flipout

DJ Flipout
DJ Flipout and VaZee at Castillo Forestal in Santiago, Chile on Dec. 12, 2016. (credit: Julian Melanson / DJcity)

After months of preparation and anticipation, the 2016 Red Bull Thre3style World Finals kicked off in Santiago, Chile on Monday.

To begin the multi-day event, all 24 contestants partook in some good ole fashioned record digging at a local swap meet.

After picking up some heat and touring the city, the DJs made their way to a restaurant called Castillo Forestal, where they determined the order in which they would compete.

The day ended with a party, which featured a live set from Thre3style host, DJ Flipout.

Check out the recap video below and watch the live stream of the first round tonight at 7 p.m. PST on DJcity’s Facebook page. DJcity’s Styles Davis will also be live-tweeting the battle.

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