Finally! (Introducing @DJJOOCE, @DJMAKEM & @mensathedj)

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My WordPress account is back up and running. The constant technical glitches threw a wrench in my countdown plans so this isn’t a “countdown” post but a super-quick introduction to the remaining 3 DJs scheduled to take the state at the Red Bull Thre3Style Regional Qualifier: Toronto THIS Thursday (Sept. 26th).  I won’t leave any man behind. HERE WE GO!

INTRODUCING @DJJOOCE

JOOCE

INTRODUCING @DJMAKEM

MAKEM

An industry veteran, DJ MAKEM has rocked crowds from coast to coast. For years MAKEM has displayed his innovative, original, party-rocking skills shutting down parties and leaving crowds wanting more. His style of versatility and originality keeps him in popular demand- it’s no wonder world renowned artists such as A-Trak, Skratch Bastid, and Neil Armstrong have shared the stage with him!!  Check out his HOMECOMING MIX below:

INTRODUCING @MENSATHEDJ

Mensa

From the smallest of lounges to thousands in attendance, Mensa has brought parties to life across Canada, the US, and his native Philippines. Smooth mixing paired with a turntablist’s sensibility make his sound hard to duplicate, and has quickly made him one of Toronto’s favorite DJ’s. At every party, Mensa makes it a personal affair, creating on-the-spot mixes tailored to the vibe of every occasion.

Check out my current favourite mix he’s put out called “Light Work.” I’m pretty sure my future offspring will be conceived to this mix. “LIGHT WORK”: http://www.djmensa.com/mixes/djmensa_lightwork.mp3

Neither Makem or Mensa are strangers to the Thre3style competition, both are previous title holders of the Toronto qualifiers so this will be an exciting night all around.  Will it go to a previous winner or will a brand-new Tdot king be crowned?

Only one way to find out!  I have your “free before 10pm” passes for this Thursday so do not hesitate to shoot me a message to singleblinkblog@gmail.com to grab one. Or you can buy your tickets here: www.ticketweb.ca/rb3style.

More info on all three DJs can be found at their respective sites:

DJ JOOCE

MAKEM

MENSA

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DAY 21 & 22 – Too Many DJs (Introducing @What_IF65 & @MRockGotBeats)

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Sorry for skipping a day, friends but life caught up to me.  BACK TO THE MUSICS!  Here’s a double-dose of your Toronto qualifying DJs:

WHO IS WHATIF?

Photo Cred: Nick Haight

Photo Cred: Nick Haight

Ian Flemming aka. DJ WhatIF, is an up and coming DJ hailing from Toronto Ontario. With his Hip-Hop roots and distinct scratching skills, he has already managed to create a signature live experience that resonates with his audience. WhatIF has packed dance floors across Central Canada including Wrongbar, The Social, Andy Poolhall, The Dardanella and more. His live sets vary in style, from Hip-Hop and Dirty South to House and Dubstep, keeping crowds constantly on their feet. In his first year professionally Djing alone, he has managed to play with notable acts such as Designer Drugs, Grandtheft (Team Canada DJ’s), Hotmess DJ’s, DJ BLASTER (Montreal’s legendary hip hop DJ) Trypt, Mack Browne and DJ Medley (The Z-List). Only time will tell what happens to this rising artist.

Well, we can add making the Red Bull Thre3style qualifiers to his ever-growing list of accomplishments, can we not?!

Check out his mix right here:

WHO IS M-ROCK?

Photo cred: Camila Mendes

Photo cred: Camila Mendes

 

(Selected excerpts taken from DJMROCK.com)

“I used to make webpages to build careers, and now I think they make my career” says the well-rounded DJ and ex-web developer, who is always booked to DJ in an open-format.

Since 2010, he’s filled the dancefloor for clients such as Ryan Gosling, Shaquille O‘ Neal, Drake and fashion designer Marc Ecko, who have all complimented him personally at the DJ booth. The biggest reward was performing in front of his idols like DJ Premier at Scion’s King of Beats competition in New York.

It’s much more than just DJing and composing. Miami‘s Winter Music Conference asked him to host his own panel on his invention ‘Digital Juggling’ – a style of DJing that fuses turntablism and pianist-style keystrokes on the laptop. 

COTDAMN! “Digital Juggling,” you say? *single blink*  Aight, I’m impressed.

I spent most of last night listening to both of these DJs mixtapes and remixed tracks over and over again.  I sound like a broken record (#sorrynotsorry for the idiom usage) but I’m SO ecstatic for this event. These DJs are not pulling any punches so I can only imagine what they’ll be like in battle mode.

Follow WhatIF:

Follow DJ M-ROCK:

Catch both WhatIF & M-Rock LIVE at Red Bull Thre3Style Regional Qualifier: Toronto on Sept. 26th. Get your tickets at www.ticketweb.ca/rb3style. See you when we’re the sweatiest on the dance floor!

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DAY 23 – Great DJ (Introducing @KidMK)

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WHO IS KID MK?

Photo cred: Paul Swanson

Photo cred: Paul Swanson

I tried to use my social media cunning to grab info on Kid MK and came up with nothing. I’m thinking the “MK” should just stand for “Mystery Kid” because I can’t find his back story. It would appear he wants the music to speak for itself and with good reason. (Also, I could’ve just asked him BUT I DIGRESS!!!!!!!) Let’s SoundCloud together, y’all!

Sigh! These mixes are providing me with hours and hours of joy. I wish my iPod shuffled this sweetly. I always get stuck in a D.U.T.T.Y. Limp Bizkit/KISS/William Shatner/50s Lounge Instrumentals-blackhole it can’t seem to get out of.  Do you know how much MJ, Elbow, Leadbelly, NIN and Tribe I have on my iPod, why doesn’t it shuffle that?!  *single blink* Probably because it knows I can gets what I needs from Kid MK.

Hmmm……

Maybe I should attack this from a different angle. What likeable things did the internet teach me about Kid MK?:

  • When “The Newsroom” doesn’t air, he gets Hulk-ish
  • He, as well as so many of us, were stuck in a space-time continuum of Kendrick’s “Control” verse and just wanted answers
  • He understands the importance, and recognizes the nostalgia, of a well-placed 90s alternative track

He’s just like you and me, folks. Except he’s a (whiz) Kid on them tables. (See what I did there???) I’m just scratching the surface, obviously. I’m not a producer or a professional music critic. I just know what I like and my ears likey all o’dis.  I’m going to keep bugging him for more information until I see his set at Red Bull Thre3Style Regional Qualifier: Toronto (SEPT.  26TH).  Get your tickets at www.ticketweb.ca/rb3style.

Until then, follow him on all the necessary platforms: Facebook, Twitter & SoundCloud.

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DAY 24 – Play (Introducing @DJIntrinity)

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WHO IS DJ INTRINITY?

DJ Intrinity

(Excerpts below YOINKED from djintrinity.com)

DJ Intrinity was born into a family of Disc Jockeys and music lovers. Trini (Trinidadian) at heart, it was only natural that he started entertaining a mature Caribbean clientele at the young age of 11, with his older brother, best friend and mentor, Sylvester “DJ Lee” Francis (1975-2001).

Driven by a passion and an unconditional love and appreciation for all genres of music, this young DJ’s incomparable talents has led him to play not only at most of the major venues in Toronto, but Festivals and events in major cities across North America and the Caribbean, including; Toronto, LA, Hollywood, Miami, Atlanta, Boston and New York. Intrinity has also headlined at the same venues as some of the world’s top acts, such as; Drake, LMFAO, Avicii, Deadmau5 & Justin Bieber, to name a few.

While Intrinity plays all genres of music, I really enjoy the amount of house and electro he infuses into his mixes. I hope the audience pays close attention to him; I have a feeling he’s got something different to throw at us. I can see why he made the top 8. He has the experience to take this opportunity in stride, the chops to give his seven competitors a run for their money and the drive to not go down without firing on all cylinders.

My instincts say his set at Red Bull Thre3Style Regional Qualifier: Toronto (September 26th, don’t forget to RSVP) is going to be next and I’m getting pretty excited ’bout it. I’m not envying the judges right about now.  At all.  But you brought this on yourselves!!! *single blink* Just sayin’.

Stay in the know with DJ Intrinity:

WEBSITE
http://djintrinity.com/

TWITTER
http://twitter.com/djintrinity

MUSIC/MIXES
http://djintrinity.com/mixes
http://soundcloud.com/djintrinity

YOUTUBE
http://youtube.com/intrinityTV

Toronto Qualifier

DAY 25 – D.J. Keep Playin’ (Introducing @djdsmooth)

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I was lucky enough to get a few of the qualifying Toronto DJs to follow me on Twitter so I took FULL advantage of this direct contact.  D-Smooth was the first to get back to me with some links to his mixes.  While he made suggestions, I had a field day going through his site, http://www.upjumpsdaboogie.com.

WHO IS D-SMOOTH?

D-Smooth

(Below stolen from UpJumpsDaBoogie.com)

Derrick M., otherwise known as D-Smooth, is a Toronto, Canada, based Disc Jockey (DJ) that has created an illustrious career, by playing the hottest hits at venues across Canada. Through hard work, Derrick has positioned himself to be a highly prized DJ, by garnishing the respect of his industry peers.

Since 1995, D-Smooth has been performing at private parties, corporate events and at different nightclubs, demonstrating his extraordinary talent of seamlessly mixing and blending a wide range of genres from Hip Hop, Rock, R&B, Soul, House, Reggae, Electro and Dance. As a pioneer to the online game, D-Smooth transformed the way music was consumed, by streaming live-recorded mixes on the Internet for his loyal online list of hungry enthusiasts. In 2003, D created upjumpsdaboogie.com to house his critically acclaimed classic mix tapes such as; “A tribute to fallen artists”, “Real Smooth”, “General Consensus” and “Ear Candy” and as well as a venue to his live mixes. Since then, D-Smooth has built an impressive resume, by launching countless episodes of mixes and podcasts that further grew his online following…

I cannot tell you the joy this brought me. First of all, Biggie. Second of all, Aaliyah. Third of all, The Beatles.  A DJ after my cold, black (racial) heart will be able to mix all the things I love, and maybe some things I never paid attention to, into a casserole of jam perfection.  THIS mix right here……so effin’ breezy!

 
I will definitely be sharing more of my favourites I discovered of his (PLEASE NOTE: he has a remix entitled “Beyonce – Party.” *single blink*  So you know where I’ll be living for the next few hours on repeat. I’m just saying you can’t remix Queen Bey and have me not lose m’damn mind.)
 
Why I dig what D-Smooth is doing?
I dig any artist/DJ/musician/producer who has a vast musical reference mind-library & D-Smooth can take this title for the following reasons:
  • the element of surprise will work in your favour
  • diversity in genres, riddims, eras – that’s what keeps an audience wanting more
If you’re taking liberties to mix Nirvana into Amy Winehouse, then your brain works on a whole. notha. level and I’m living for it.
Whole Nother Level
 
Watch D-Smooth go for the Tdot crown at the Red Bull Thre3Style Regional Qualifier: Toronto on Sept. 26th.  RSVP here!
D-Smooth Info:
 
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DAY 26 – D.J.’s Get No Credit

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DAY 26 – D.J.’S GET NO CREDIT

…and Red Bull Thre3style gon’ change all of that. #fact

As into music as I am, I was not as well-versed on the DJ scene as I’d like to be. This changed IMMEDIATELY upon hearing that Red Bull Thre3style is bringing the world finals to Toronto. Ya, y’heard me! Every single qualifying DJ from around the world is going to descend upon MY hometown in November to spin, scratch and leave their sweat onstage with the most diverse sets you’ll ever hear in one spot.

Four Color Zack takes the 2012 Red Bull Thre3Style Championship Title

Four Color Zack takes the 2012 Red Bull Thre3Style Championship Title at Metro Chicago

Whatchu know about Four Color Zack (@Fourcolorzack)?

Four Color Zack is the current Red Bull Thre3style title holder and for every good cotdamn reason. Also, a super nice dude! I implore y’all get your lives with FCZ’s winning set below.

*single blink* 

O………….K! Stevie? The Rocky Theme? Rihanna? The Ramones? 50 Cent? Bruce Springsteen? A-ha?! What the actual f*ck just happened in 15 minutes?! (Watch his set here!)

I could copy and paste every write-up I’ve read on FCZ and why I think he’s sickening as f*ck but I’m pretty sure your non-stop moving bampsy while listening to this is all you’ll ever need to know (please note: I’m listening to him as I write this post).

WHAT IS RED BULL THRE3STYLE?

How dope is this?!! AAAAAH! I can’t tell you how excited I am for this competition. It’s like the gods read my diary and created an entire competition based on the things I find sexiest: music & men (not that this competition is closed to women, SHOUTOUT TO DJ RAYRAY <3, but let’s be serious about MY needs). Every single day until the Toronto qualifiers (Sept. 26th), I’ll be counting down all my favourite things about Thre3style focusing on past winners, the 8 qualifying Toronto DJs (D-SMOOTHINTRINITYJOOCEKID MKM-ROCKMAKEMMENSAWHATIF) and mixes from the known-to-the-unknown DJs who’ve all been part of taking this competition to a global soundstage.

SB DISCLAIMER: Everyone has a Red Bull opinion, I hear it on the daily.  Please trust me when I say, I’m not here for it. If you’re thinking of providing your negative two cents, I’d think twice about leaving it here. I’m surrounding myself with good & positive vibes and no one can deny the Shaquille O’Neal-sized cultural footprints this company is leaving behind.  Red Bull Thre3style is simply another amazing example of this.

Let me know what you think of FCZ’s set!  Make sure you RSVP to the Ontario regional qualifiers this month (Facebook links below):

Red Bull Thre3style Regional Qualifier: Ottawa – September 21
Red Bull Thre3style Regional Qualifier: Toronto – September 26

To follow Four Color Zack, here are the links you need:
www.soundcloud.com/fourcolorzack
www.twitter.com/fourcolorzack
www.instagram.com/fourcolorzack
www.fourcolorzack.com

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