Chris Karns opens for Pretty Lights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. (Michael Hobby)
Former DMC World Champion Chris Karns has issued a public apology to current DMC World Champion Vekked for negative comments he made about him a few months ago. The statement was posted on Karns’ personal Facebook account on Monday.
“Being able to humble yourself and admit when you were wrong can be very difficult sometimes. With that being said, I would like to publicly apologize to Jake Vekked Meyer for my words and actions towards him. Although I may not have started it, I continued it long after Jake made many attempts to make it right. I wrote Jake an angry reply in which I said some very harsh things. Those words were made public a few months back, and I’m glad they were, because it made me realize that the way I was behaving towards him was not the way I want to behave towards anybody in this life, and is not a reflection of who I am trying very hard to be as a person. I reached out to Jake privately about this already and we are on good terms now, but I felt it was only right to let everyone else know as well. Both Jake and I share a common love, which is the art form of turntable music. I will no longer let my pride and ego cloud the fact that he and I are on the same team, and working towards the same goals, which is to advance the turntable as a musical instrument. So Jake, I am truly sorry for the things I said to you that were fueled by my jealousy and animosity towards your successes. Thank you for forgiving me and allowing us both to move forward and build the turntablism community up together instead of creating division amongst our fans and peers. Much respect.”
Karns’ apology has received an outpouring of support, including from Vekked himself, who posted the following response:
“Shout out to the big homie Chris Karns for being a genuine dude :). Obviously a lot of people saw our falling out pretty publicly but he was a big enough man to hit me up privately and we hashed it out privately. I can’t say much more than he’s already said, and we’re good now so I’m not gonna dwell on it. Peace and love!!”
There’s been a lot of conflict and division within the DJ community in recent years, so it’s great to Karns and Vekked squash the beef.
Vekked, the reigning DMC world and online champion, lived up to his titles last Monday with an incredible set for DJcity’s MikiDz Show. The Canadian’s 53-minute performance was also unique in terms of selection, from hip-hop and soul to rock and drum and bass.
After his performance, Vekked took part in a candid and insightful interview with hosts MikiWAR and Styles Davis. The conversation focused on his unusual background, the current state of turntablism, his recent entry into TV scoring, and more.
Watch Vekked’s entire set and interview below and download the audio via iTunes.
Vekked with MikiDz hosts MikiWAR and Styles Davis
A native of Ontario, Canada, Vekked is currently the only DJ to have won two DMC world titles in the same year. Before that, Vekked won the 2012 and 2013 IDA World Championship and 2012 DMC World Supremacy Championship.
Vekked has shared a new video of himself performing his winning routine from the 2015 DMC World Championship. Although home and live versions are already available, the Canadian’s latest is professionally produced with special effects. Vekked also put his custom gold Rane TTM57mkII mixer to work.
Watch above and go practice.
Related: Vekked Juggles Gang Starr’s ‘Full Clip’
Gang Starr’s 1999 single “Full Clip” is a certified classic. To pay homage to it, reigning DMC World and Online Champ Vekked has shared a video of him juggling the track. The Canadian turntablist said the juggle was intended for his 2015 DMC Online routine, but was cut out.
Related: Vekked Wins 2015 DMC Online DJ Championship
Before winning the 2015 DMC World DJ Championship last week, Canada’s Vekked had to make it through the Canadian national championship in Toronto. Watch his impressive routine for the nationals above, which comes to us courtesy of Manifesto TV.
Related: Vekked Wins 2015 DMC World DJ Championship
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