At 2019 DMC World DJ Championship, DJ Throdown to rep USA following US DMC Finals - A Bittersweet Celebration of Hip-Hop & Life

Posted by Billyjam, September 27, 2019 01:18pm | Post a Comment

At this weekend's anticipated 2019 DMC World DJ Championship battle in London, where the new world champion of the prestigious DJ battle will be decided, DJ Throdown will be proudly representing the USA. [Also representing the US, but in the separate Supremacy Battle, will be DJ As-One.] This follows Throdown's impressive win in Denver earlier this month at the 2019 US DMC Finals. That memorably entertaining evening, that acted as both DJ battle and celebration of hip-hop and life, had a bittersweet edge to it since it became an informal heartfelt tribute to beloved hometown DMC champion DJ B*Money whose tragic death had occurred two weeks earlier and whose funeral took place just two days before the September 8th battle at Temple in Denver.

The 2019 DMC World DJ Championship takes place tomorrow, Saturday September 28th at London’s Islington Assembly Hall (tix/info) and will be live streamed via Facebook between 3pm and 11pm (GWT = 5/8 hours ahead of Eestern/Pacific). There among the non battle entertainment will be showcase sets by legendary 5 x DMC World DJ Champion DJ Craze and  3 x DMC UK Champion JFB. Meanwhile national DJ champions will fly in from all over the globe to compete in three different global DJ battles; The DMC World DJ Final, The Battle For World Supremacy and The DMC World DJ Championship - The Eliminations

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Beloved Bay Area DJ Lazyboy's Cancer Surgery "Pre-Op / Last Supper Send Off Party" - Tonight @ Madrone in San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, September 23, 2019 02:59pm | Post a Comment

Fun, funny and super-talented Bay Area DJ Lazyboy recently received some life-changing news regarding his on-and-off, long running battle against cancer;  one that the beloved battle/party-rocking / radio DJ  mistakenly thought he had won a few years back during his last confrontational bout with the killer disease. " I just got cancer again," recently announced the 7x Regional DMC Finalist DJ adding, "Not sure how it’s gonna end up this time. Losing a big part of my tongue and hopefully not my life!"  Lazyboy was referencing the emergency surgery he has to undergo this week in which doctors will remove a large portion of his tongue.  The devastating after effects of this surgery will greatly impact Lazyboy's ability to speak. This serious surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday September 24th but tonight rather than be alone feeling sorry for himself,  the always upbeat and positive-thinking DJ will instead celebrate life in the company of good friends (many fellow DJs) at a fun "pre-op / last supper send-off party."
"Pre-Op / Last Supper Send Off Party"  happening this evening at the Madrone Art Bar in San Francisco from 6pm to 9pm will be attended (on the decks and in the house) by those many friends of the universally liked Santa Rosa native, born Gregory Indermark Sherell, who were equally shocked by this bad news and rallied their support by planning to participate in this last minute celebration of life and good health and the joy of enjoying eating food.  "Let us gather for what may be my last meal, no really, this could be the last time I'm able to eat food per conventional methods. So come share stories, music, food, the whole gamut of emotions and maybe take a last look at it in all it's shining pink glory before saying goodbye to our old friend (my tongue) in his current form," wrote DJ Lazyboy in inviting folks to tonight's bittersweet gathering.

Rather than linger in self-pity and focus on the negative, in addition to tonight's upbeat send-off party, yesterday (Sunday Sept 22nd)  Lazyboy (who does all types of DJ parties and events) went into productive, forward-thinking mode by booking studio time to record a wide variety of useful soundbites for the future with his voice, while he can still speak. So he wrote up a script to record all of the many things "needed to say" in such future recurring working DJ scenarios as "wedding, night club, birthday, corporate, showcase, Quinceaneras and message to kid(s)." In advance of yesterday's voice studio recording session, the hard-working DJ reached out and invited friends to assist him in case there were any categories he might have overlooked in his script. He also took that opportunity to scold and remind people to not feel sorry for him by offering prayers. "Stop with the prayers please," he insisted. "I don’t need prayers, I need help with this script!"

Final Round in 2019 DMC US Regional Battle Series, Exemplified High Level DJ Skills & Evolvement of Regionals in DMC History

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2019 08:13pm | Post a Comment

The final US 2019 DMC Regional DJ Battle in advance of the upcoming 2019 DMC US Finals, that was held recently in the Bay Area, exemplified two major points. First it demonstrated just how much the level of turntablism skills has steadily risen over the decades in the prestigious long running DJ battle organization that formed way back in the (pre-digital era) 1980's. Secondly the 2019 DMC Bay Area Regional, held at the Uptown in Oakland on May 26th (where the 2019 DMC US Scratch Finals were also held), spotlighted the progressive changes to the meaning of “Regional” DMC DJ battles; in an age when air travel has become relatively cheap and competitors are hungrier than ever for a chance to qualify for a coveted slot in the DMC US Finals; happening September 8th 2019 in Denver CO.

Traditionally limited to competitors from corresponding geographic regions, the modern era US DMC Regionals have a distinctly more national flavor as they routinely feature out of state competitors alongside local turntable talent.

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2019 DMC US Scratch Finals & Bay Area DJ Battle, Oakland May 26 w sets by DJs Shortkut, Quest, Traps, Teeko + MC Bas-One

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2019 01:05pm | Post a Comment

Dual DMC DJ battles will take place this Memorial Day weekend at the Uptown club in downtown Oakland where, on Sunday, May 26th from 6pm to midnight, both the 2019 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ battle and the national 2019 DMC US Scratch Finals are scheduled to take place. In addition to these two anticipated turntable showdowns, to be hosted by MC of the night BAS One, there;ll also be showcase sets by DJ Quest, DJ Teeko and DJ Shortkut.

Speaking of Shortkut note that the widely revered Beat Junkies and Inviisibl Skratch Piklz member, who is pictured left at Amoeba Berkeley during his Record  Store Day in-store performance last month with his daughter in tow, boasts a back catalog that includes the recommended battle break/DJ tool Mini Wheels 7" single.

In addition to Short, Quest and Teeko's short but intense six minute turntable sets, another celebrated Bay Area turntablist DJ Traps (pictured above left in flyer) will do a much longer, extended party-rocking set for the Memorial Day holiday weekend crowd Sunday who don't have worry about work the next day.
For Sunday's 2019 US Scratch Finals the contestants will include DJ E Money (Boise, ID), Platinum Floyd (Wheat Ridge, CO), DJ Xcaliba (Stockton, CA), The Beat Molester (Seattle, WA), and (previous US DMC Scratch Champion) DJ PROLIFIX from Los Angeles.

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Hip-Hop Report Oct 22 2018: DJ Skillz @ DMC World, B+ Bay Exhibit, New Vinyl: KYLE, Illingsworth, Hobo Johnson, deM atlaS + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 22, 2018 07:13pm | Post a Comment

Freaks of The Industry: Bay Area Hip Hop Shot by B+ is the descriptively titled new photo exhibit by photographer Brian Cross (aka B+) at San Francisco’s Family Affair in the Lower Haight. The Bay-centric visual display includes photos of such NorCal hip-hoppers as The Coup and members of the Hieroglyphics and Solesides (later Quannum) crews including DJ Shadow (whose Entroducing...album cover art he's credited for) who was among those at the opening party a few night ago. Billed as “a visual mixtape of various artists repping the Bay outside the mainstream,”  the large scale image display will run through November 17th when B+ will be back in the house.

The Irish born, LA based photographer was also there on opening night last Thursday. Among those in attendance was veteran Bay Area hip-hop photographer Timi D… who praised the exhibit calling it, “a very tight but bold presentation of images that gives a very personable feel to the viewer.” Timi, who took the accompanying photos above and left for the Amoeblog,  added that the exhibit’s, “big prints from film scans offer a classic look and feel.” B+ exhibit at Family Affair at 683 Haight Street thru Nov 17th. More info.

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