• Watch Trentino and DJ EASE’s Routine for GENRE BNDR

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    Trentino, the 2013 Red Bull 3Style US Champion, and DJ EASE, a 2016 Red Bull 3Style US finalist, have put down a new routine for GENRE BNDR. The pair met up in Tokyo while on their respective tours and made use of Big Sean‘s hit single, “Bounce Back,” and Wuki‘s trap anthem, “DADADADA.”

    Watch the three-minute video above.

    Related: A-Trak Breaks Down His ‘rockstar’ Routine

  • Unreleased Footage of DJcity Scratch Session

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    In February, DJcity hosted a scratch session at its studio in Los Angeles. The event, which was live streamed, featured turntablists like Trentino, Yonny, FlipFlop, PattyClover, Xist, Spinobi, and Styles Davis. Watch some unreleased footage of the session above.

    Related: Scratch Combo of the Month: April 2017

  • Zomanno Scratches in Front of Two American Landmarks

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    Los Angeles DJ and turntablist Zomanno has put his portable turntable to work during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. and New York. In the clip above, Zo is shown scratching with it in front of the Washington Monument and the Brooklyn Bridge. The track that he uses is DJ Maple Syrup and Trentino‘s “Cut Conditioner,” which is available exclusively on DJcity.
     
    To learn more about portable scratching, check out our recent Tips & Tricks episode.
     
    Related: Watch DJ Rayted R and DJ Zo Perform With Two Mixers and One Turntable

  • Trentino and Maple Syrup Drop New Scratch Tool

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    Trentino performs at the Red Bull Thre3style US Finals in Phoenix, Arizona on Apr. 4, 2015. (Aaron Rogosin/Red Bull Content Pool)
     
    Former Red Bull Thre3style US Champ Trentino and DJ/producer Maple Syrup have teamed up for a new scratch tool called “Cut Conditioner.” The eight-minute track gradually increases from 65 to 140 BPM so that DJs can practice scratching at various tempos.
     
    Preview it below and download it exclusively on DJcity.
     

    Related: Watch Big Once & Trentino’s ‘Pushin On’ Routine

  • 5 Reasons Why Trentino Switched to Rekordbox

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    Chicago-based DJ/producer/turntablist Trentino began DJing with vinyl 15 years ago. However, after seven years of using a DVS setup at home and shows, the former Red Bull Thre3style US champ recently switched to CDJs and rekordbox.
     
    Much to his surprise, Trentino was amazed by how easy the transition was and how much he enjoyed using CDJs. He also found out he can do the same type of performance without the hassle of other DVS systems.
     
    So, what is it about rekordbox that Trentino loves so much? Read his five reasons why below.
     
    Quicker Switchovers
     
    After seeing one of the most well-known turntablists in the world kill the vibe of his party by spending 20 minutes setting up before his set, I realized I could no longer justify my own absurdly long switch-overs.
     
    Long switchovers suck for everyone. They suck for those performing before and after you, who are hindered for the first or last part of their set. They suck for the crowd, who has to listen to the same eight-minute song while you set up your interface and controllers and plug in a dozen different cables. And they suck for you, who has to do the equivalent of diffusing a bomb before your set. Long switchovers kill any chance of making an entrance on stage.
     
    Easier Traveling
     
    I used to travel with two of nearly everything: two laptops (I had my entire music library synced between them using SugarSync), two pairs of control records, two pairs of Dicers, two pairs of needles, two Serato interfaces, etc. Rekordbox not only eliminates the need for a computer and interface but the need for controllers due to the built-in hot cues, which have replaced my need for Dicers.
     
    Increased Safety and Security
     
    In venues where security is lacking, rekordbox frees you from the risk of theft and damage to your equipment. You can carry everything you need in your pockets. It’s easy to unplug your drive and headphones and flee the scene if your immediate safety is threatened or you’re being mistreated by the club’s management.
     
    Improved Reliability
     
    We all know how temperamental turntables, needles, records, and even laptops can be. Having to switchover in a dark club compounds those issues, especially if the DJ before you is using CDJs, which is often the case for me.
     
    Less Stereotypes
     
    As much as I disagree with it, the majority of the people in the industry, especially those on the dance and electronic side, assume that anyone using turntables is a hip-hop DJ. I used to think that guys like Klever and A-Trak had broken down the stereotype, but it’s as strong as ever. Considering that I don’t want to be a hip-hop or top 40 DJ forever, I feel that using CDJs is an important step forward for me.
     

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    Trentino would like to thank A-Trak for helping make CDJs more acceptable among turntablists, Chicago DJs Metro, Boi Jeanius, and MaddJazz for showing that it’s possible to rip on CDJs, and Christian Jackson, whose YouTube channel is an indispensable source for learning the ins-and-outs of rekordbox.
     
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    Related: 4 Pro Tips for CDJs and Rekordbox

  • Watch Big Once & Trentino’s ‘Pushin On’ Routine

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    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Big Once and Trentino aka BOAT, but today the Chicago DJ duo laced us with a video. Their new four-and-a-half-minute routine is based on the vocal and instrumental samples used in Oliver $ & Jimi Jules’ “Pushing On,” which was later remixed by Tchami. Like true pros, Once and Trentino use scratching, juggling, effects and even live percussion to flip the samples into something completely new.
     
    Related: Watch BOAT Perform on the MikiDz Show

  • Trentino Demonstrates His Tone Play Skills [Video]

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    We couldn’t have a Tone Play series without featuring 2013 US Red Bull Thre3style Champion, Trentino! In addition to his top notch scratch abilities, the Chicago native has developed a reputation for creative tone play tricks which took him to last year’s Thre3style world finals. In this episode, Trentino throws down five innovative routines using Novation’s Dicer and an eclectic batch of tracks.

    1st routine:
    KRS-One – Step into a World (Rapture’s Delight)
    Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
    Gang Starr – Mass Appeal

    2nd routine:
    Brenda Russell – Piano In The Dark
    Ol’ Dirty Bastard-Shimmy Shimmy Ya
    Nas – I Can
    2 Chainz – I’m Different
    Missy Elliott ft. Ludacris & Trina – One Minute Man

    3rd routine:
    Maceo & the Macks’s – Soul Power 74
    Jagged Edge ft. Nelly – Where The Party At
    Fat Boy Slim – Weapon of Choice
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Around the World

    4th routine:
    Kanye West – New Slaves
    Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – Deep Cover
    Tyga ft. Lil Wayne – Faded
    Knife Party – LRAD
    Nicki Minaj ft. Rick Ross & Cam’ron – I Am Your Leader
    Kanye West – Blood on the Leaves
    C-Murder ft. Magic & Snoop Dogg – Down 4 My N#ggaz
    Isaac Hayes – Ike’s Mood
    Vic Mizzy – The Addams Family Theme

    The best DJs in the world are creative and differentiate themselves by thinking outside the box. DJcityTV’s Tone Play series sheds light on the technique of seamlessly mixing two tracks together by linking similar tones or melodies. The technique itself isn’t new but has evolved and become increasingly popular in recent years.

    Watch the previous Tone Play episode featuring Michael Basic

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  • Trentino Flips Diplo’s ‘Set It Off’

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    Current Red Bull Thre3style U.S. Champion Trentino is at it again. In his latest routine video, the Chicago native displays his juggling and cut skills over TWRK’s remix of Diplo’s “Set It Off” featuring Lazerdisk Party Sex.

    Related: Trentino – Jesse Pinkman (B#TCH!) Routine [Video]

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  • Trentino’s Winning Routine for 2013 Red Bull Thre3style US Finals

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    Chicago party rocker and turntablist Trentino is a beast. Here’s a video of him performing a portion of his winning routine for the 2013 Red Bull Thre3style US Finals.
     
    Related: Chicago ‘Cutting Room’ Featuring Big Once, Trentino, Boi Jeanius, Flipside, & Maddjazz

  • Chicago ‘Cutting Room’ Featuring Big Once, Trentino, Boi Jeanius, Flipside, & Maddjazz

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    Last month, DJcity TV aired its first episode of the “Cutting Room” starring DJs from outside California. Now, the Windy City gets a chance to shine in our latest episode. We’re not picking favorites but this might be our best episode yet!
     
    The four minute scratch session features Chicago’s Boi Jeanius (103.5 Kiss FM), Flipside (Jump Smokers, B96), Big Once (US Red Bull Thre3style champ), Maddjazz and Trentino (103.5 Kiss FM, Midwest Red Bull Thre3style champ) getting wild on the decks. The instrumental is “Ya’ll Can’t Mess with Chicago” by Jump Smokers.
     
    Special thanks to Scratch DJ Academy for letting us film at their new location!