A-Trak began his recent Boiler Room set in New York by asking the audience, “who wants me to do some different shit tonight?” The crowd screamed, and the Fool’s Gold boss proceeded to throw down a turntablist-friendly performance of mostly hip-hop and trap. His entire set was weaved together with creative scratches, juggles, and tone plays, making it one of the most technical performances we’ve seen from him in a while.
It should be noted that, while A-Trak has achieved fame by producing house anthems and playing at festivals, he hasn’t abandoned his turntablist roots. He could easily ignore the technical side of DJing and still be successful, but he chooses to integrate turntablism into his sets on a regular basis. And though A-Trak is praised by the open-format and turntablist communities for his technical ability, his dedication to advancing and promoting the culture should be applauded, too.
Watch below and take notes.