In New York City this weekend there's a real treat in store for scratch DJs and fans of scratching and hip-hop DJ battles. Tomorrow (Saturday Aug 4th) the 2012 DMC US Finals National DJ Battle is taking place at Le Poisson Rouge in the Village. The winner of this anticipated DJ battle will go onto London, England next month to represent the US in the 2012 DMC World DJ Championships on September 28th. This Sunday (Aug 5th) in New York at the same Bleecker Street club will be the 2012 Grand Master Roc Raida Memorial Gong DJ Battle - bearing the name of the much loved X-ecutioner DJ who began the event years before he passed on in 2009. And to top things off for this NYC DJ weekend, that is been dubbed Ultimate DJ Battle Weekend, later today (Aug 3rd) will be the DubSpot Stylus Sessions # 2. Curated & produced by turntablist scholar John Carluccio this event will be video streamed live from the West 14th Street DJ school's headquarters.
At tomorrow's big US DMC battle, where competing DJs from all round the nation will include DJ Sol Rising who won the 2012 Bay Area DMC Regional Battle back in April, the host will once again be the ever funny & entertaining Lord Finesse (of D.I.T.C. fame) while the Bay Area's DJ Snayk Eyez, who is the 2001 DMC US Supremacy Champion, will do be among three DJs doing a special turntable routine performance. The others will be legendary 1986 DMC World Champion holder DJ Cheese, who after a long absence is back performing and recording over the past couple of years, and DJ Total Eclipse of The X-ecutioners. Meanwhile DJ Spictakular of the legendary Allies DJ crew will be doing a long partyrocking series of sets throughout the day long event that begins at 2pm and ends by 930pm tomorrow.
Sunday's Grand Master Roc Raida battle will be a benefit for the late great DJ's wife and daughters at which his daughter NyRaida will be among the performers. Other DJs performing at the event, that will be hosted by both DJ Fatfingaz and Lord Finesse, include DJ I-Dee (2006 Gong DJ Battle Champ), DJ Esquire (2007 Gong DJ Battle Champ), Public Enemy's DJ Johnny Juice, plus what is been billed as a TBA "very special surprise guest DMC World Champion" which, I'm guessing could be maybe DJ Cheese or DJ Shiftee. The event runs from 4pm to midnight. Advance tickets for both Saturday's and Sunday's events are each $15 (avail online here) or $20 at the door. All ages events but 21+ with ID to drink.
Tonight's Stylus Sessions live broadcast from DubSpot, which will begin at 7pm EST and run for two hours will include a host of guests talking and scratching including DJ Shiftee, DJ Precision, DJ Cheese, DJ Spictakular, DJ Cheese, Cutmaster DC, Johnny Juice, and of course curator/producer John Carluccio. The event will run for two hours and stream live (video/audio) via DubSpot . I was one of the guests at the last one and it was really educational and entertaining and tonight's should be even better coming as it does at the kickoff of the big Ultimate DJ Battle Weekend in NYC.