Red Bull proudly announces that it’s gearing up for its world-famous DJ competition–the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style National Final, taking place April 2-4 in Phoenix, AZ.
After 12 regional qualifying rounds held nationwide, hundreds of talented DJs were narrowed down to 12 of the nation’s best to participate in the three-day event. The DJs will head to Arizona’s capital to show off their skills in front of legendary DJ judging panel DJ Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip, and 2012 Red Bull Thre3style World Champion Four Color Zack in hopes of being crowned the most-coveted title in DJing–the Red Bull Thre3style USA Champion. Judged on technicality, originality, skill, creativity, crowd engagement and stage presence, the winner will then advance to the Red Bull Thre3style World Final in Tokyo in September.
Examiner has given the spot light to one of the most promising DJ’s to win the battle. Hailing from Detroit and residing in Atlanta, DJ Jaycee has a few words for his competition.
“I am looking forward to bringing the trophy back to Atlanta. The pending victory will be for both cities, Atlanta and Detroit!” -DJ Jaycee
Check out the Exclusive Conversation below:
“I have been around records all of my life, my mother has pictures of me as a toddler sleeping with records in my crib and also in my high chair. Records have been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember.
I decided to pursue D.Jing as a hobby when I was attending Henry Ford High School in Detroit, a guy that would do our dances had 7 crates of records that he would spin, this would amaze me… he would keep the music going continuously. I use to sit in the bleachers and watch the d.j. and take notes. I wanted to do that! So now I had a purpose for all of these records that I had been buying with all of my weekly allowance money. My career did not take off until I moved to Atlanta. I moved to Atlanta as a teenager. Even upon moving to Atlanta, it took a minute to hone my focus. I did not have equipment of my own. I had to go to other people’s house to practice.
Growing up I was interested in Aerospace Engineering as a teenager. But when I realized I had to go to school for many, many, many, many years…that scared me away. I was directionless about my career for a while. Then one day I just went out and purchased some turn tables. I then began D. Jing for a local rap group. Things got real when the MC got the girl pregnant with twins. The group was over.
I needed to find something to do with all of my records, so I started showing up to local clubs with crates of records. They use to wait to the end of the night to let me D.J. But, even though I did not get the opportunity to D.J until the end of the night, people began to stay later and later in the club to hear me spin. It wasn’t before long that the party promoters started to realize I was really cool, and started letting me do the parties all together.
I then started to win D.J battles in the city of Atlanta. I would D.J at the University of Georgia WUOG 90.5. I also built my reputation by doing fraternity and sorority parties. I started hanging out with D. Nabbs. He was the D.J for Kris Kross at the time. He would go out of town with them.
The local radio station would use me to fill in for his spot. The year the Olympics came to Atlanta, 1996, V-103 officially hired me. I then began touring with Ludacris. I toured with him for 11 years. I have multiple stamps on my passport because I would tour all over the world with him. When I stopped working with Ludacris in the fall of 2011, I had to start over again.
You see, after you tour the world with a multi-platinum, Grammy award winning artist, you begin to see how simple the industry is. It was hard to book jobs, because I was not Ludacris’s D.J anymore. After this I had to keep rebuilding and putting my name back out there.
Then I found out about the Seagram’s Gin Master of the Mixes DJ competitions, I entered into that and won that easily. I had entered into the Respect the D.J competition, but I had to back out to fulfill previous obligations at the radio station.
I then decided to go ahead and show my skills for the Red Bull D.J Competition. A lot of people only know me for being a local D.J. So I decided to get on stage and display what I can do. I was mixing smashes, techno and everything, put me in any D.Jing competition and I will handle myself accordingly.
When I initially sent in the video, I though they did not like it because I did not hear anything. I went to do a gig in Las Vegas for New Years Eve, and that was when I got the e-mail that I had made it to the competition!”
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