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.
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.
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.
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
DJ Puffy wins the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals in Santiago, Chile on Dec. 17, 2016. (credit: Red Bull)
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.
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
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.
Watch Beast Mode’s set and DJcity’s recap below.
Tune in to the live stream of the final round on Saturday at 1 p.m. PST on Thre3style’s website.
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
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.
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
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.
JFB at the first round of the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals in Santiago, Chile on Dec. 13, 2016. (photo: Julian Melanson / DJcity)
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.
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 Puffy’s Caribbean-flavored submission video above and stay tuned for more Thre3style news.
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