Chris Karns Discusses His Live Setup for Pretty Lights

Chris Karns

Chris Karns
Chris Karns performs with Pretty Lights in Morrison, Colorado in 2016. (photo credit: Jesse Borrell)

Serato recently caught up with former DMC World Champion, Chris Karns, who’s currently on tour with the Pretty Lights band. The Denver native has been working with the group for the past three years.

Karns discussed how his approach to DJing has changed since joining the band, the various components of his setup, and how he uses Serato DJ. Specifically, Karns explained how he uses the Pitch ‘n Time expansion pack and Ableton Link.

In addition to the interview, Karns put together an eclectic hour-long set for the SeratoCast.

Watch the convo and stream the mix below.

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Listen to Chris Karns’ SeratoCast Mix

Chris Karns
Chris Karns performing at Skratch Lounge.
The legendary DJ QBert once praised Chris Karns as his “favorite DJ in the world right now.” We don’t know Q’s justification, but Karns’ ability to rock parties and go head-to-head with the world’s best turntablists likely has something to do with it. In addition to serving as Yelawolf’s tour DJ, the Colorado native has won a DMC World Championship, multiple Red Bull Thre3style battles, and was a finalist in VH1’s “Master of the Mix” competition.
Adding to his already impressive resume, Karns has delivered an hour-long mix for Serato that exemplifies his versatile approach to DJing. The open-format session includes both new and classic tracks, along with creative blends and of course, skilled turntablism.

Related: Watch Chris Karns’ MikiDZ Show Performance

Eskei83 Drops 60-Minute Mix for Serato

Few DJs are able to craft both technically impressive and party rocking mixes. In our experience, it’s usually one or the other. For the latest episode of SeratoCast, this year’s Red Bull Thre3style World Champion Eskei83 achieves that balance once again with a 60-minute mix packed with hard hitting beats, creative blends and skilled turntablism. His SeratoCast comes a month after winning the Thre3style crown in Baku, Azerbaijan.


Intro with Shortkut, D-Styles, QBert, FlipOut, DJ Jazzy Jeff, & Z-Trip
UGK ft. OutKast – International Players Anthem – Esentrik Remix Instrumental
Freedo – Champion Sound
Tafari – Champion Sound – Dennis Blaze Mercy Jamrock Remix
Kanye West – New Slaves – J Rocc’s 808 Mix
Elliphant – Revolusion – Eskei83 Bootleg
Public Enemy – Rebel Without a Pause – Acapella
Zeke Beats – Doge
Jeru The Damaja x Statik Selektah – Ya Playin Yaself – Eskei83 Bootleg
Statik Selektah – Punch Out – Instrumental
DJ Jazzy Jeff ft. Dayne Jordan – Play Dat
Mayer Hawthorne ft. Kendrick Lamar – Crime – Suff Daddy Remix Instrumental
Talib Kweli ft. Styles P – The Level – Eskei83 Bootleg
What So Not – Touched
K+Lab & Dwolf – Le Shakes
Ghostface Killer – Mighty Healthy – Eskei83 Bootleg
Lords of the Underground – Take Dat – Instrumental
Rage Against the Machine – Guerilla Radio
Eric B. & Rakim – Know You Got Soul – Acapella
M.A.R.S. – Pump Up The Volume – Meaux Green & Tropkillaz Twerk Remix
Timbaland & Magoo ft. Missy Elliott – Cop That Sh#t – Acapella
Yellow Claw – Kaolo Pt. 2 – Angger Dimas Remix
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – Problem – Instrumental
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Five Finger Death Punch ft. Tech N9ne – Mama Said Knock You Out
Run-D.M.C. – Walk This Way
Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water
Daft Punk – Robot Rock
A-Trak & Milo & Otis ft. Rich Kidz – Out the Speakers
Onra – L.O.V.E
Q-Tip – Breath and Stop – Acapella
Steely Dan – Kid Charlemagne
Kanye West – Champion
Assagai – Telephone Girl
JAY Z & Kanye West – That’s My B#tch
Eric B. & Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique – Instrumental
JAY Z – Show Me What You Got – Acapella
JAY Z – Show Me What You Got – DJ Green Lantern Bootleg
Lil Wayne – Go DJ
Eskei83 – Get Down
Marvin Gaye x Diplo & DJ Fresh – Let’s Get It On – Eskei83 Earthquake Bootleg
The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Eminem – Dead Wrong
Puff Daddy – Come With Me
Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away
M.I.A. – Paper Planes
Kanye West – Dark Fantasy
Kanye West – Blood on the Leaves
Grandtheft ft. Hedspin – Mobbin’ – Eskei83 Bloody Bootleg
Kanye West ft. Talib Kweli & Common – Get Em High
Keys N Krates & Grandtheft – Keep It 100
Ronny Trettmann – Gewehr Bei Fuss
Tropkillaz – Badman
Mr. Carmack – Kick It Up
David Dallas – Dream
The Pharcyde – Otha Fish – Instrumental
The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy – Acapella
Scarface ft. JAY Z & Beanie Sigel – Guess Who’s Back – Instrumental
The Original – Sunrise

Related: Watch Eskei83′s Winning Red Bull Thre3style Set