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DMC NYC Regional & US Supremacy Titles Won by DJs Precision & Esquire, but the Real Star of the Show was Host Lord Finesse

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2012 08:41pm | Post a Comment
At last night's prestigious DMC Battle at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, DJ Precision was the winner of the DMC NYC Regional DJ Battle while DJ Esquire took the 2012 DMC US Supremacy Battle title. But as hip-hop legend/DJ icon, /creator of the scratch Grand Wizzard Theodore noted during his brief onstage appearance on mic last night, "All the DJs are winners" considering the endless amount of time each puts into tirelessly prepping for DJ battles like yesterday's in the Big Apple. "It's one thing to be a DJ in the comfort of your own home," added host of the night Lord Finesse, stressing the difficulty of trying to remain calm and repeat that same routine in a packed club/battle setting. That statement was one of the few completely serious ones made at the DMC by Lord Finesse who was the real star of the day-long DJ event that ran from 2pm until almost 10pm. The host had the crowd cracking up with his ever-entertaining, quick-witted on-mic banter. The DITC member/hip-hop legend, who has a career awaiting him as a stand up comic if he wants it, was cracking jokes at a rapid rate and keeping the battle moving along nicely even during the down moments of the event. On top of this, Finesse - known as both emcee and DJ (he has a new solo album dropping in late August) - broke out an impressive, impromptu scratch routine at one point in the evening.

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Pioneering SF Hip-Hop DJs Eddie Def + DJ Cue Travel to NYC for Series of Turntablist Performances

Posted by Billyjam, June 21, 2012 11:33am | Post a Comment
Today, Thursday, June 21st, pioneering Bay Area turntablist Eddie Def (pictured belpw), along with his fellow Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters (later Space Travelers) founding member DJ Cue (pictured left), are both flying into New York City where, over the next few days, they will be performing at a series of DJ events, including this Saturday's big DMC DJ Battle for US Supremacy & NYC Regional DMC DJ battle at at Le Poisson Rouge where they will be the star showcase performers along with host/mc Lord Finesse. More DMC info here.

Upon their arrival today, the two veteran San Francisco turntablists/DJs will be heading directly to East Harlem where they'll be doing a special turntable performance at the prestigious and always fun Tools of War-produced annual summer True School Park Jams. This afternoon's Spanish Harlem Hop Park Jam (which is free like all the Park Jams) is in Spanish Harlem at White Park El Barrio located at Lexington and E. 105th Streets (NY, NY 10029) and is near the #6 Subway line (map it here). It runs from 3pm to 7pm with other scheduled DJ performances today by both Tony Touch and Lean Rock.  Then tomorrow (Friday June 22nd) at 7pm (EST) the two DJs, along with DJ ALF and other guest turntablists, will be performing live (a freestyle set) on WFMU on my weekly radio show Put The Needle On The Record.

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DJ Quest Announces New Album That Reunites Original Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2011 10:34am | Post a Comment
Good friend of Amoeba Music DJ Quest, who has been involved in countless Amoeba instores over the years, informed the Amoeblog yesterday afternoon that had has just wound up production on an as still yet untitled, brand new album that, while a DJ Quest solo, album is essentially a Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters reunion album. "Yeah I just got done with the last final mix," he told me noting that he is not wasting any time and already has a release party date, October 22nd at the Elbo Room in San Francisco, even though he hasn't determined an album title yet. "I guess I better get on it right away so they can put it in the flyers," he laughingly said in reference to the Saturday night weekly at the Elbo Room put on by 4oneFunction.

The new album features a good deal of input from the legendary Bulletproof Scratch Hamsters (the group that morphed into the Bullet Proof Space Travelers)' fellow members DJ Cue and Eddie Def. Both were his co-members of the famed San Francisco DJ trio the Bulletproof Scratch Hamsters who made history by such things as creating the Hamster Style and by releasing the first battle record, Hamster Breaks, for DJs two decades ago. And both Cue and Eddie contribute exclusively to this non-MC, DJ release. Quest said that the album's foundations were constructed by Eddie Def who gave him a nice selection of loops and beats to build on. Then Quest added preliminary cuts and scratches on top, before then passing along that mix to DJ Cue who, in turn, took into his lab to add a whole other production layer (including "a lot of 808 sounds"). Then Quest, who also produced some beats for it, got it back and "made songs out of it all" adding various other production values to the very final mix.

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