The world of the Disk Jocky is constantly in flux, as new technologies are developed and fresh tools are added to their arsenal. However, these new technologies have made it simpler for live mixes to be done solely by the equipment, rather than by the DJ (i.e sync tools). To the older generation of DJs, who remember when all they had were vinyl records, turntables and a mixer - turntablism was, and still is, what defines a great performer.
The best way to prove one's skills as a pro mixer is to enter the DMC DJ Championship: A contest where DJs from across the globe display their best 6 minute routine. And some of the biggest names in mixing have come out of this contest: A-trak (who won the world championship at 15), DJ Craze (who won three years in a row), Rafik, Mix Master Mike, Birdy Nam Nam and DJ Kentaro (who achieved the highest score ever at the DMC).
For this edition of Throwback Thursday, we have collected a few championship routines that show just what being a true DJ is all about. To start things off, we have classic performers Mix Master Mike and DJ Q-Bert and the routine that won them the world championship in 1992.
One of the few EDM DJs who includes turntablism in his sets, A-Trak blew everyone away by taking the DMC DJ World Championship at only 15 years old! He had the vinyl Midas touch during his winning performance in 1997.
The dance music landscape has changed over time, but DJs have adapted by scatching EDM records and mixing them in with other music. That fusion of genres can be seen in this set from the DMC's most recent champion, DJ Izoh.
FInally, we have a couple of bonus routines from A-Trak and DJ Craze that show how great EDM can sound with an elite mixer cutting the records together.