As the new year is less new and the weeks/months have quickly slipped by leaving us in the second half of March 2017, we are back into the annual DJ battle season. And tonight in New York City one of themost important turntable showdowns (and typically first of the Regional DMCs) takes place with the 2017
DMC NYC Regional DJ Battle. The battle winner tonight will in turn face off against the winners from all
the upcoming Regional USA DMC battle winners in the summer 2017 USA battle. That winner (last year it was DJ Traps - left) will go on to rep the US in the 2017 DMC World Championships held in London in approx six months from now. This year taking place at the new location of the Highline Ballroom in the Chelsea district of Manhattan the NYC DMC Regional will feature an impressive list of registered battle DJs: some of whom could be future stars.. This evening's 6pm to 11pm event features a nice balance of new and seasoned turntablists battling it out on the ones and twos (full list below) plus impressive showcase and party rockin' sets from DJ Shiftee and DJ Nelson. And who knows, maybe the event's always entertaining and multi-talented host Lord Finesse might do an impromptu DJ performance as the veteran hip-hopper has in the past.
At this evening's big event the list of registered battle DJs includes longtime competitor/two time
US DMC champ DJ Esquire out of Brooklyn (see video below of him battling DJ Cleancut in 2012 US Finals), the 2009 DMC US Supremacy Champ DJ Supreme the Global Reset, the 2014 NYC DMC champ (see video below) and 2014 US runner up DJ Dwells, the 2012 Roc Raida Gong DJ Battle Champ repping Maryland DJ As-One, and tireless regular competitor who's never afraid to push the envelope: John Swan out of Brooklyn NY. The other registered competitors for tonight include The Don Santos: (Brighton MA), Icecold Chet (Knockemstiff OH), Bobby Bangers (Boston MA), D Spliff (NY, NY), DJ AJ (New Britain CT), Dj Xcalibur aka Mad Max (Harlem, NY), Ned Nice (Brooklyn NY), DJ Polarity (Bronx NY), DJ Hear No Evil (Mount Vernon NY), DJ Gremlinz (Shirley MA), DJ Flav (Springfield Gardens NY), DJ Nick Diablo (Hillsdale NJ), DJ Stay High (Elmhurst, NY), DJ C2 (Brooklyn NY), DJ Mika (Brooklyn NY), Robbie Wilde (Union NJ), DJ Runrie (Brooklyn NY), Finger Smith (Brooklyn NY), and New Jersey's Infa-J.
Presented by Official Rane DJ the event takes place Sunday March 19th 2017 at the Highline Ballroom located at 431 W 16th Street on teh West Side of town in Chelsea district between 9th & 10th avenues. Doors open at 6pm but battle doesn't officially start for another hour, at 7pm. An all ages with ID 21+ can drink alchohol. Tix $20 or $10 for youth ages 16 and under. Note that filming is not permitted. Other upcoming Regional DMC Battles include the Bay Area DMC Regional April 21st 2017 at the Uptown in Oakland and the DMC Los Angeles (+DMC US Scratch Finals) at Club Bleu on April 23rd, 2017. Updates on all DMC battles.
DJ Dwells set at 2014 DMC NYC Regional: Final Round [1st Place]
DJ Cleancut vs. DJ Esquire 2012 DMC US Battle For Supremacy [Final Round]