• Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Cut Chemist, and J. Espinosa Perform on the Boiler Room

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    Invisibl Skratch Piklz perform on the Boiler Room in Oakland, California. (Photo credit: Tone Def)

    The Boiler Room took a break from their usual electronic and hip-hop acts to host a turntablism party on Tuesday night. The show, which went down in Oakland, California, featured sets from the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Cut Chemist, J. Espinosa, and Great Dane. Representing the ISP were DJ QBert, D-Styles, and DJ Shortkut.

    The night was kicked off by Great Dane, a member of the influential Team Supreme production crew. The Fullerton, California native put down 45 minutes of trap and future bass.

    J. Espinosa, the 2015 Red Bull 3Style US champion, followed with an epic set of Bay Area hip-hop and turntablism. The crowd loved it, and so did Cut Chemist, who performed after Espinosa.

    “That’s a tough act to follow,” the Jurassic 5 member told the crowd when he took over the turntables. As one fan on Twitter put it, “I’ll never hear Bay classics the same way after hearing what J. Espinosa did to [them]…”

    Cut Chemist lived up to his name by dropping a creative and technical performance using both turntables and CDJs. His set included hip-hop, breakbeats, African music, and a guest performance from Blackalicious rapper Gift of Gab. It was the perfect segue into the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, who took the crowd to outer space and beyond.

    Watch the entire show below.

    Related: J. Espinosa: Must-Have Items in My Bag

  • Watch Craze and Jon1st’s Boiler Room Sets

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    On Tuesday, the Boiler Room London hosted Craze, a three-time DMC World Champion, and Jon1st, the 2013 DMC Online World Champion. The event, which was their debut on the show, was intended to put a spotlight on the art of turntablism.

    Jon1st opened with an hour of drum and bass and glitch-heavy tracks, while Craze dropped an hour of hip-hop and bass music, including his usual critique of modern DJ culture.

    Watch both of their performances above (Craze’s begins around the 1:01:10 mark).

    Related: Listen to Craze and Four Color Zack’s ‘2¢ Part 3’ Mix

  • Watch DJ Jazzy Jeff’s ‘Boiler Room’ Set

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    In January, the Boiler Room hosted its debut show in Philadelphia for the last stop of their “What’s Brewing” series with Budweiser. Naturally, they summoned Philly’s own, DJ Jazzy Jeff, to showcase what’s going on in the City of Brotherly Love.

    In his two-hour set, Jeff bounced through genres, from hip-hop and reggae to rock. The iconic DJ threw down various techniques, including scratching and juggling. He also played classic tracks as lead-ins to the songs that sampled them. Fans in attendance were treated to a unique experience, getting to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the legend.

    The set was originally uploaded with performances from additional artists, but the audio was out of sync with the video. However, Boiler Room has now uploaded a corrected version of Jeff’s set, which you can watch above.

    Related: Watch a Recap of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s ‘PlayList Retreat’ Event

  • Watch A-Trak’s Turntablist Set for the Boiler Room

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    A-Trak began his recent Boiler Room set in New York by asking the audience, “who wants me to do some different shit tonight?” The crowd screamed, and the Fool’s Gold boss proceeded to throw down a turntablist-friendly performance of mostly hip-hop and trap. His entire set was weaved together with creative scratches, juggles, and tone plays, making it one of the most technical performances we’ve seen from him in a while.

    It should be noted that, while A-Trak has achieved fame by producing house anthems and playing at festivals, he hasn’t abandoned his turntablist roots. He could easily ignore the technical side of DJing and still be successful, but he chooses to integrate turntablism into his sets on a regular basis. And though A-Trak is praised by the open-format and turntablist communities for his technical ability, his dedication to advancing and promoting the culture should be applauded, too.

    Watch below and take notes.

    Related: A-Trak Discusses the Current State of DJing

  • Watch Just Blaze’s Throwback Set for Boiler Room

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    Two weeks ago, the Boiler Room threw a party in London to explore the intersections between soul, hip-hop and house. One of the highlights of the night was a set by Just Blaze, who has produced classics like Cam’ron’s “Oh Boy,” Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement,” and Fabolous’ “Breathe.”
     
    Though Blaze is best known for his work in hip-hop, the New Jersey native grew up on house and has even released some of his own house productions. Considering his diverse background and in-depth knowledge of various musical styles, it only makes sense that the Boiler Room would enlist him for such an event.
     
    Thankfully, like all Boiler Room sets, Blaze’s entire performance is now available to stream on YouTube. Watch his hour-long set above, which covers various eras and genres, including soul, house, and hip-hop.
     
    Related: Just Blaze Interview with DJcityTV

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  • Teeko Performs on Boiler Room

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    Last month, San Francisco’s Teeko threw down an impressive set for Boiler Room packed with originals, collaborations, and live remixes. The 45 minute performance was further proof that his controllerist skills are on the level of masters such as Enferno and Shiftee.
     
    For those who don’t know, Teeko was a co-designer of Vestax’s Controller One turntable. He was also featured in DJcityTV’s San Francisco episode of the “Cutting Room” last October.
     
    Playlist:

    Teeko – Leads The Way
    Teeko & J-1 – Green Smoke
    Teeko – King S#it
    Teeko – Radical Mind
    Teeko – Dawg
    Ohio Players – Funky Worm
    Salva & Ruckazoid & Teeko – Funky Worm Flip
    Ruckazoid – You a Hoe – PSK – Instrumental
    Salva & Ruckazoid & Teeko & B.Bravo – GhettoBlasta
    Baauer – Baddest – Teeko Live ReFreak
    Salva – Say Hey
    Starship Connection (Teeko & B.Bravo) – Sweat – Instrumental
    Teeko – Tell The DJ – Instrumental
    Teeko & B. Lewis – $ on Tha Flow
    Teeko – Rock 1x
    Ruckazoid – Workin Up a Sweat
    Teeko – Always The Little Things
    Teeko & Salva & B.Bravo – Freakin U

     
    Related: DJ Woody x Vestax Controller One

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  • 45 King Performs on Boiler Room

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    Today at DJcity we’re celebrating Throwback Thursday with a recent Boiler Room set by legendary hip-hop producer and 7″ encyclopedia, 45 King.
     
    While known for producing his classic breakbeat “The 900 Number” and remixes for Gang Starr, Eric B. & Rakim, and Digital Underground, 45 King has also produced modern hits such as JAY Z’s “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” and Eminem’s “Stan.”
     
    The New Jersey native’s hour-long set features a variety of hip-hop, soul, and funk classics, some of which contain famous samples.
     

     
    Download the audio here
     
    Related: DJ Premier Tells His Story & Speaks on Today’s Music

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