Text Ben Liew
Local DJs have it good, better than beauty queens, after what seems a rash of DJ competitions from JUICE‘s own DJ Quest imminent this month at Zouk to Loops Collective’s Malaysia DJ Championship which was held at Poppy in October and the much lauded return of DMC Championships at Ruums in August. In what looks to be the last national DJ competition for the year, fresh new DJ talent come together in a mighty clash on December 12 at Zouk for the sixth Pioneer Digital DJ Battle 2008.
Every year, rookie DJs from around the country meet at selected battlegrounds to duel for the championship and a chance to represent the country in a bi-yearly international DJ Battle; last year’s winners, DJs Mic Hoh and Layzr represented Malaysia at the Pioneer Asian Digital DJ Battle 2008 in Thailand.
Originating from Orlando, Florida, a city where hip hop music, clubbing and DJing are inexorably linked, the Pioneer Digital DJ Battle was conceptualised by Pioneer ProDJ executives wanting to elevate the performance standard of local DJs and cultivate new talent.
The competition consists of two categories: Mega Mix and Long Mix and contestants are given 7 minutes and 20 minutes respectively to spin their mixes. Besides certain glory the champion from each category takes home 2 units of Pioneer Digital Vinyl Turntable (Model CDJ-800MK2), 1 unit of Pioneer Mixer (Model DJM-700) with ProDJ hard case and RM1000 cash worth a total of RM12,000 each. Second Prize winners take 2 units of Pioneer Digital Vinyl Turntable (Model CDJ-400) and 1 unit of Pioneer Headphone (Model HDJ-1000) home bagging a total of RM5000 in prizes each, while Third Prize winners bag a Pioneer CDJ Player (Model CDJ-200) and Pioneer Headphone (Model HDJ-100) worth a total of RM2,500 each.
UOB VOX credit card, Heineken beer and JUICE are partners for this event, so make a bassline for Zouk and witness the beginnings of Malaysia’s brave new beatmasters as they take on each other and pit skillz. J
PIONEER DIGITAL DJ BATTLE 2008
FRIDAY 12 DECEMBER 2008
www.pioneermalaysia.com.my for more info.