LAST month saw the usual spate of DJ competitions in search of new talents in the local scene.
The Malaysian DJ Battle Championship, one of the most significant DJ battle championships in Malaysia over the past decade, was one; it held its Final at Lust KL, on Dec 20, 2014.
Founded in 2006, Malaysia DJ Battle Championship (also known as Malaysian DJ Battle Championship) was created for the DJs to expose and share their music dreams in DJ techniques.
The competitions officially comprise two categories – Art of Turntablism and DJ Mixing on CDJs with CDs or related software.
After a round of semifinals earlier in the week prior to the Final, it was down to six finalists, DJ DirtySecret, DJ Nobita, DJ Justin, R.X.G, Edy Edycted and DJ Elvn to battle it out in the Long Mix category for bragging rights.
Each finalist had to showcase a 15-minute mix in any category of dance music they wished in order to impress the judges.
There was a close battle for the top finishers, and the evening ended with DJ R.X.G, just pipping DJ Dirty Secret to join the roster of past winners such as DJ Alien, A-MarQ, DJ Jony, Ben Cracko, DJ Anowl and DJ Cliq.
The two winners won a total of RM12,000 in cash and electronic equipment.
Due to poor response, there was no turntablism category this year to be contested, the category being replaced by a special turntablism showcase by DJ Smith.
The competition was organised by Bionic Academy, and supported by Take Off Records, Chemistry Recordings, Pioneer and RANE, amongst others.
A couple of weeks earlier, Zouk KL hosted the Pioneer Digital Battle final for 2014. The Pioneer Digital DJ Battle is known as one of the biggest and most sought-after deejaying events worldwide.
Originating from Orlando, Florida, the competition was conceived by a group of passionate, audio-savvy Pioneer ProDJ executives, with aspirations to uncover new blood in the world of DJs.
First setting foot in Malaysia since 2003, the Pioneer Digital DJ Battle continued to play its role as a star platform to discover exceptional new talents.
After a rousing showdown, the battle ended in grand fashion with its new champion, Kyori, winning the hearts of the judge as we well as the audience, spinning his way to history as the 2014
Pioneer Digital DJ Battle champion, beating four other finalists Faith, A-Marq, DJ Elf and DJ Silent. For this big win, Kyori won prizes of cash and electronic equipment worth over RM20,000.
Kyori will defend his title next year in order to win himself an entry to the Pioneer Digital DJ Battle Asian Championship in 2016.
Held bi-annually, this international competition allows champions from participating Asian countries to come together and battle for yet another round of glory.