69Beats perfoms at the Red Bull 3Style World Finals in Santiago, Chile on Dec. 16, 2016. (Credit: Alfred Jürgen Westermeyer / Red Bull)
Wojtek Cychnerski, a.k.a. 69Beats, will compete in the Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII between Feb. 7 and 11 in Kraków, Poland. Below are some fast facts about him. (To see more contender profiles, click here.)
Residence: Sopot, Poland
Previous titles won: 2016 Red Bull 3Style Poland
Preferred battle setup: Turntables, Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 mixer, Pioneer DJ DDJ‑XP1 controller or DDJ-SP1 controller with Keith McMillen QuNexus keyboard
Winning nationals routine (and break down):
Last fall, 69Beats took home his second consecutive Red Bull 3Style Poland championship. Shortly after, he headed to the Amsterdam Dance Event to play a set for Pioneer DJ’s DJsounds show.
69Beats delivered a dynamic performance, dropping his signature tone play and finger drumming techniques using Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-XP1. His energetic 53-minute set included genres like future funk, trap, twerk, and more.
69Beats also gave a quick interview in which he discussed why he switched to rekordbox, his plans for 2018, and how he chose his name.
In February, he will compete on his home turf in the Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII in Kraków.
Watch him on DJsounds above.
Last Wednesday, 69Beats was crowned the Red Bull 3Style Poland champion for the second consecutive year. Now, the 28-year-old DJ has broken down his winning routine in an informative video.
Using detailed annotations, 69Beats explains his thought process behind his music selection, pitch playing, scratching, and more.
“I challenge all of you to dive deep into my set with me as I explain what is exactly going on, and see if you were able to hear and see everything that I’ve done there,” 69Beats said on Facebook.
Watch the video above.
69Beats, the 2016 Red Bull 3Style Poland champion, has put down a versatile, half-hour mix for the DJcity Podcast.
Known for his well-crafted routines and innovative tone play skills, 69Beats was featured on DJcityTV’s Bedroom Sessions in 2016 and Tone Play series in 2017. Earlier this summer, he started a new tutorial series called Button Pushing for DJs.
69Beats tells DJcity:
“I always like to put my friends’ tracks into my mixes. For this one, I chose two tracks from my pal StarGuy from Gdańsk, Poland who makes really cool ’80s-style funk music and great remixes. I also chose a track from my UK boys JFB and DJ Angelo who need no introduction.”
1. DJ Sherry & Petey Pablo – Shhh… Be Quiet
2. Keno – Be Alert
3. Shiftee ft. Mad Hed City – Psychic
4. Lady Leshurr – Juice
5. Timbaland ft. Justin Timberlake – Carry Out – Inverness Remix
6. Amine – REDMERCEDES
7. YG – Still Brazy
8. Future ft. Nicki Minaj – You Da Baddest – Tall Boys 105-77 Transition
9. Fekky ft. Neutrino & Chip – Avirex
10. Lady Ice ft. Funky Dee, RIO, & Dubzy – Superb – Male Remix
11. Wide Awake ft. Wiley – Down Up
12. Laidback Luke & Juyen Sebulba vs. Shelco Garcia & TEENWOLF – Rompe
13. Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey – Glorious – Starguy Remix
14. Kidcutup – Switch My Style – 90 Transition Stinger
15. Fat Joe ft. Dre – So Excited
16. Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Snoop Dogg – When We Party – BeatCity Hype Edit
17. Starguy – Funk Queen
18. JFB & DJ Angelo – Scratch To This
69Beats at Suzet Music Club in Poland. (Photo source: Suzet Music Club)
69Beats, the 2016 Red Bull 3Style Poland Champion, has started a new tutorial series called Button Pushing for DJs.
The lessons help DJs of all types learn advanced techniques like tone play, finger drumming, and pitch playing, and integrate them into their party sets.
“[The techniques] help you make your set more entertaining and add a whole new vibe to the tracks you play,” the 28-year-old DJ says in the first episode. “And they can help you get out of some trouble if something unwanted happens. And the best thing about them, in my opinion, is that they really help you get the attention of the crowd.”
The first episode takes a look at basic finger drumming patterns. He encourages DJs to follow along using his tutorials on the educational software, Melodics.
Watch the video below.
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. “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 versatile 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 his sequence and read his breakdown below.
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