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One of the highlights of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s PLAYLIST Retreat was a series of performances from renowned DJs and producers. This included a set from legendary DJ/producer Kenny Dope, who dropped an all-45 set of classic funk.
Kenny Dope rose to prominence as one-half of the house production duo Masters At Work, alongside Little Louie Vega. The New York native later achieved solo success under his alias The Bucketheads. Over the years, Dope’s work has earned him four Grammy nominations.
Watch his performance above.
DJ Jazzy Jeff‘s PLAYLIST Retreat gave attendees the opportunity to showcase their unique musical style on the decks. Veteran club DJ/producer Jubilee did just that with a set of dancehall, bass music, and hip-hop that hinted at her Miami roots.
Jubilee is signed to Mixpak Records, where she released her debut full-length album After Hours in 2016. The tastemaker also shares her global bass sound through her show on BBC Radio 1’s Residency.
Watch her set above.
Related: Watch: Rich Medina’s Set at PLAYLIST Retreat
DJ Jazzy Jeff‘s PLAYLIST Retreat was stacked with veterans. One of them was Rich Medina, the legendary DJ/producer from Philadelphia. During his stay, Rich served up a vibey, all-45 set of soul, jazz, and funk that would satisfy any beat digger.
Watch the half-hour performance above.
This year’s PLAYLIST Retreat featured a number of unique performances, including an eclectic, all-vinyl set from Natasha Diggs. She dug deep in her crate of 45s and spun funk, disco, R&B and more.
The New York City-based DJ has gained the attention of big names in the music world. In 2015, Diggs was invited to be the official DJ for Lauryn Hill‘s Small Axe tour.
Watch her performance above and stay tuned for more PLAYLIST Retreat sets.
DJ Jazzy Jeff‘s PLAYLIST Retreat brought world-class DJs together for a week of networking and performances. One of those performances was from Chile’s DJ BYTE, who dropped a set full of Latin hits, bass music, and more.
The 2015 Red Bull Music 3Style world champion showcased his creative blending and scratching skills throughout the mix.
Watch his set above and stay tuned for more PLAYLIST Retreat coverage.
DJ Jazzy Jeff‘s PLAYLIST Retreat featured a variety of DJ performances, including a soulful house set from The Whooligan.
A veteran DJ/producer, The Whooligan previously served as the director of worldwide bookings and partnerships for the influential music platform, Soulection.
Watch his performance above and stay tuned for more sets.
At this year’s PLAYLIST Retreat, six of the attendees were selected to compete in an impromptu DJ battle. Nick Bike, EASE, DJ Jaycee, Trayze, DJ BYTE, and Damianito competed to win a pair of Rane TWELVE controllers and a Rane SEVENTY-TWO mixer. The battle was hosted by DJ Zimmie, and the judges chose EASE as the winner.
Each contestant was given a USB drive with a selection of songs from which they had to build their sets. This meant that the DJs had to come up with new routines, as opposed to relying on material from previous battles.
DJ set times:
Nick Bike: 1:40
DJ Jaycee: 11:17
DJ BYTE: 23:35
Related: Watch: DJ Day’s Set at PLAYLIST Retreat
In addition to networking and hanging out, this year’s PLAYLIST Retreat also included live performances from a variety of DJs. One of those was veteran California DJ and turntablist, DJ Day, who dropped an impressive 42-minute set of throwback hip-hop, funk, and more.
Over the next few weeks, DJcity will release the videos of the sets, starting with DJ Day today.
Watch his performance above and stay tuned for more.
DJ Jazzy Jeff at the PLAYLIST Retreat in Delaware in August 2018. (Credit: Julian Melanson)
At the beginning of August, DJ Jazzy Jeff hosted the fourth annual PLAYLIST Retreat at his property in Delaware. The multi-day event brought together like-minded DJs, producers, and songwriters to network and collaborate.
In attendance were legendary DJs like Z-Trip and Skratch Bastid, music producers such as Lord Finesse and DJ Khalil, and companies like Serato and Roland, among many others.
Like previous years, the retreat featured a song making competition that grouped random artists into teams.
Watch DJcityTV’s mini-documentary about the retreat below.