DJcityTV’s Cutting Room series has featured some impressive lineups over the years, but Toronto’s new episode might take the cake. Representing T-Dot are nine award-winning turntablists, including heavyweights Skratch Bastid, Vekked, and Hedspin, along with Trapment, Dopey, Brandon Duke, DJ Grouch, deejay t-jr., and Needle & Groove.
Watch the five-minute session above, which was shot at the MARS recording studio.
Released through Fresherthan Records, Fresh Cuts features a mix of unique sounds meant for both scratching and beat juggling. Side A includes four skipless sentences and Side B contains four skipless drum loops.
Watch Antrik’s review above.
With the growing popularity of live streaming, DJs who want to showcase their skills have several platforms to choose from. DJcityTV’s Mojaxx recently caught up with Vekked, the Canadian turntablist with seven world DJ championships to his name, to discuss the advantages of using Twitch to live stream.
While Twitch is most popular among the gaming community, Vekked uses it to teach DJ lessons on subjects like scratching, beat juggling, and putting together a battle routine. He prefers Twitch because it is more interactive than other platforms.
Watch Mo and Vekked’s discussion on this week’s episode of Tips & Tricks.
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“Currently on a coast to coast Canadian tour, but I decided to come out of solo DJ battle retirement one last time to take a shot at A-Trak’s Goldie Awards. I put a little spin on a routine you may have heard before… this time with even more Mortal Kombat, some Street Fighter, Earthworm Jim, and NBA Jam.”
Vekked told us that he connected an Xkey Air keyboard to Serato Pitch ‘n Time via Bluetooth to control the pitch of the Sega loop.
The Goldie Awards is a new DJ and beat battle that will feature six DJs and six producers competing in their respective categories. The competition will be judged by a star-studded panel that includes Diplo, DJ Craze, Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh, Destructo, and Mija. The deadline to enter is August 6, and the live battle will take place at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on September 7.
Watch Vekked’s routine above.
Vekked and DJ Brace have already won the DMC Online DJ Championship individually (in 2015 and 2016, respectively). Now, the Canadian turntablists are competing for the team title under their group name, The Fresherthans. Watch their final entry for the battle above.
Vekked, the 2015 DMC Online World Champion, has teamed up with Trapment, the 2016 Red Bull 3Style World Vice Champion, for a DJcity Podcast mix. Their bass-heavy set includes scratching, live blends, and some of their own productions.
1. Vekked vs Trapment ft. Flipout – We Are Canadian
2. Party Favor – WAWA
3. Skrillex & Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini – Acapella
4. Future – Mask Off – Tha Boogie Bandit Remix
5. Wuki – DADADADA
6. DJ Otto & Freebot – Mi Gente
7. Trapment – Ay Ay Ay Routine
8. D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – Broccoli – Acapella
9. Oro Solido – El Baile Del Beeper – FAB! & JO-ZY Remix
10. Ape Drums ft. Suku – Deva
11. Stefflon Don – 16 Shots
12. Drake – No Long Talk – Tall Boys Double Time Intro
13. Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT.
14. Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT. – Dillon Nathaniel Warehouse Bass Edit
15. Trippy Turtle – 21 – Vekked Half-Time Edit
16. Snow – Buried Alive – Lean Up vs Logic
17. Beastie Boys – Sabotage – Vekked Remix
18. DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak – Acapella
19. Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name – The Living Proof Remix
20. RL Grime, What So Not, & Skrillex – Waiting
21. John Lennon – Imagine – Ciskko 2016 Remix
22. Jay Z – 99 Problems
23. Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla After Dark Remix
24. Trapment – I Believe In A Marsh Called Mello Routine
25. RL Grime – Reims – Vekked Wonderwall Mash
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