DJcityTV’s Cutting Room series has featured some impressive lineups over the years, but Toronto’s new episode might take the cake. Representing T-Dot are nine award-winning turntablists, including heavyweights Skratch Bastid, Vekked, and Hedspin, along with Trapment, Dopey, Brandon Duke, DJ Grouch, deejay t-jr., and Needle & Groove.
Watch the five-minute session above, which was shot at the MARS recording studio.
Released through Fresherthan Records, Fresh Cuts features a mix of unique sounds meant for both scratching and beat juggling. Side A includes four skipless sentences and Side B contains four skipless drum loops.
Watch Antrik’s review above.
With the growing popularity of live streaming, DJs who want to showcase their skills have several platforms to choose from. DJcityTV’s Mojaxx recently caught up with Vekked, the Canadian turntablist with seven world DJ championships to his name, to discuss the advantages of using Twitch to live stream.
While Twitch is most popular among the gaming community, Vekked uses it to teach DJ lessons on subjects like scratching, beat juggling, and putting together a battle routine. He prefers Twitch because it is more interactive than other platforms.
Watch Mo and Vekked’s discussion on this week’s episode of Tips & Tricks.
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“Currently on a coast to coast Canadian tour, but I decided to come out of solo DJ battle retirement one last time to take a shot at A-Trak’s Goldie Awards. I put a little spin on a routine you may have heard before… this time with even more Mortal Kombat, some Street Fighter, Earthworm Jim, and NBA Jam.”
Vekked told us that he connected an Xkey Air keyboard to Serato Pitch ‘n Time via Bluetooth to control the pitch of the Sega loop.
The Goldie Awards is a new DJ and beat battle that will feature six DJs and six producers competing in their respective categories. The competition will be judged by a star-studded panel that includes Diplo, DJ Craze, Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh, Destructo, and Mija. The deadline to enter is August 6, and the live battle will take place at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on September 7.
Watch Vekked’s routine above.
Vekked and DJ Brace have already won the DMC Online DJ Championship individually (in 2015 and 2016, respectively). Now, the Canadian turntablists are competing for the team title under their group name, The Fresherthans. Watch their final entry for the battle above.
Vekked, the reigning DMC World and DMC Online champion, lived up to his titles last Monday with an incredible set for DJcity’s MikiDz Show. The Canadian’s 53-minute performance was unique in terms of selection, from hip-hop and soul to rock and drum and bass.
After his performance, Vekked took part in a candid and insightful interview with hosts MikiWAR and Styles Davis. The conversation focused on his unusual background, the current state of turntablism, his recent entry into TV scoring, and more.
Watch Vekked’s entire set and interview below and download the audio on here.
Vekked with MikiDz hosts MikiWAR and Styles Davis
A native of Ontario, Canada, Vekked is currently the only DJ to have won two DMC world titles in the same year. Before that, Vekked won the 2012 and 2013 IDA World Championship and 2012 DMC World Supremacy Championship.
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