WAX WARS – ROUND TWO [FRIDAY – 14.11.2014]
Wax Wars is here to bring turntablism out of the shadows and into the spotlight where it belongs.
THE BATTLERS – ROUND 2
ZERO VS. STEAK N KIDNIE
+ SHOWCASE SET FROM KUYA.
+ ARTIST BRETT CHAN PAINTING UP A CANVAS LIVE.
Hailing from Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia, Zero has made a name for himself in the Sydney turntablist circuit… Lightning fast on the kut, Zero is one battler to look out for…
STEAK N KIDNIE //
BRINGING THA BEEF
Been djing for 15 years. Hip hop, rock, reggae, drum n bass, trap.
Roc raida shortkut ztrip
SHOWCASE DEEJAY SET FROM KUYA //
While technology might have made it easier to become a DJ, few are able to connect with their audience quite like DJ KUYA. With almost thirty years experience and three Victorian DMC State titles (1998-2000) and earning the Australian ITF DJ title in 1999, it seems DJ KUYA has done it all.
DJ KUYA has been in demand for a huge variety, including supports for PUBLIC ENEMY, DJ KRUSH, GASLAMP KILLER, LYRICS BORN, DJ CRAZE, JNERIO JAREL and many more. KUYA is also a regular on the Australian music festival circuit and is sought after for remix and production work. Past projects and clients have included ROYAL ELASTICS, N’FA and THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS. In September 2011 KUYA was asked to play a set for owner and art connoisseur DAVID WALSH at MONA for his 50th Birthday, renown for wowing the crowd with his technical ability and wide-ranging musical taste.
Using Traktor Scratch Pro, Maschine, and Ableton Live, KUYA is furthering his DJ abilities by working on an all-new set that balances his turntable prowess, original compositions with the spontaneity of a live performance.
Not content with his achievements, KUYA is on the verge of releasing his first EP under his producer alter ego, GRUMPY UNCLE. His first underground release Vanilla Papers already on ones-to-watch lists and has caught the attention of notorious beat-authorities including MARK PRITCHARD and ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE.
From rockin’ parties to winning DJ competitions he has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most innovative and original DJs.
BEATS & CUTS FROM THE CHOP COLLECTIVE //
SCOTTY B THE DIGITAL ASSASSIN //
Ex member of Blades Of Hades which gave start to artists, Jane Tyrell from the Herd, DJ Skoob (3 time NSW DMC champ, and DJ for The Tongue)and of course Blades as they are known now. I’ve been producing Hip Hop, Dubstep and Drum and Bass, collectively, for 15 years, working with emcees and singers across the globe. Finally, I’ve made the time to focus on a release which features many, many emcees, DJs and singers from Australia, the UK and the US. The album will be a vinyl only release, but I have made a couple of previews available here for unearthed listeners. Cheers, Scotty B (aka The Digital Assassin)
triple j unearthed: www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/scotty-b-aka-digital-assassin
PROLIFIK THE GIFTED //
Bringing the A grade beat to the chopping board ‘Prolifik The Gifted’ is a Sydney based Electronic Music Producer and DJ. With over 7 years of experience making beats and rocking turntables, he also has a Bachelor of Audio Engineering under his belt, studying at internationally known SAE College Sydney. Working and collaborating with various local artists in his home studio, Prolifik is the producer and DJ for the sounds of ‘High Noon’, ‘Broken Thought Theory’ and ‘BUSTACAP’. From gritty Boom Bap, to bass driven Trap, Prolifik definitely has his own unique sound.
BRETT CHAN (STREET ARTIST) //
His real name is Brett Chan, but you may know him as ‘The Gunslinger’. With roots in bothskateboarding and art, Chan spends his days enjoying life and exploring the purpose and destiny of the universe. He’s contributed to the likes of Insight and Element skateboards, and his artwork continues to investigate multidisciplinary creative domains.
We want to showcase the incredible talent and musicianship of those who dedicate themselves to this intricate and often misunderstood artform.
To do this we are holding a royal rumble – an all out war, where the best have to challenge each other in a series of one-on-one battles, where winner takes all.
This Year WAX WARS is back bigger and better! The event will be held during NOV/DEC 014′, kicking off on Friday 7 Nov 2014 at 8PM, in partnership with Sailor Jerry, SHURE, Sennheiser, Bondi Beach Radio, Showtime, Well Dressed Vandals, Westsyde Connection and new exciting venue/partner – PLAY BAR SYDNEY.
PLAY BAR SYDNEY has firmly cemented itself in the Hiphop/Turntable scene in Sydney with its uber cool Hip Vibe, a small Vinyl only bar situated in the trendy suburb of Surry Hills/Darlinghurst, it has hosted many of Sydneys well respected Hiphop Dj’s / Acts and just a few weeks ago held the DMC NSW Turntablist battle!
The Concept centres around Turntable Battles with a difference – 2 contestants compete on 2 separate Dj rigs, each with 2 x Technics 1200 turntables and a Rane 62 Mixer. A GO PRO camera and projector screen the footage of their routines Live on the wall behind the Dj’s giving the whole crowd a front row view of the Turntablist styles, Juggling, Wordplay, Dissing and scratching techniques up close and personal.
The Event runs over 7 weeks – 4 heats, 2 semis and 1 massive final, Kicking off Friday 7 November 2014 and running weekly heats, until the Finals on Friday the 5th Dec, with each heat consisting of 3 rounds of 2 mins per DJ with a total of 8 DJ’s entering the comp.
The MC’s introduce each competitor and hype the crowd after each round, to decide the winner.
Along side the 8 DJs Battling, each event will be supported by ex DMC champs DJ Samrai, J-Red, Kuya, Mark N, Speedracer, Dj Morgz from the Thundamentals, plus more TBA including an International Turntablist for the Final.
There will also be a live art contingent, with some of Australia’s best painters on display weekly…
The Rules of Engagement
Each battle will comprise of 3 two-minute rounds nightly between two turntablists, showcasing on vinyl or Serato Vinyl juggle routines, word play, scratching and turntable trickery the likes of which have only ever previously been seen at the world-renowned DMC Championships.
The winners of these heats will then compete in two quarter-finals and a semi-final, culminating in the top two squaring off in a grand-final (Friday 19 December 2014). Their unique style and handiwork will be filmed live using two GoPro cameras and projected onto a large screen for the crowd to see. Each battle will be hosted by a special Guest MC and judged by crowd-vote, with the overall winner taking home some dope prizes. These live events will also be streamed via podcast on Westsyde Pirate Radio and Bondi Beach Radio.
Inspiration / Backstory
Wax Wars is the brainchild of Etienne Plummer (DJ Klevakutz), one of the founders of the Crown St Cut Collective. He felt that it was time the wheels of steel and those who stand behind them got their moment to shine. To bring this vision to life he enlisted Paul Conley (Cut Collective founder / Well Dressed Vandals), Sam Hannaford (Big Rig Productions) and Joe O’Brien (team.LUCiD) – Wax Wars is the end result.
Crown St Cut Collective
The Crown.St Cut Collective is a group of Sydney based DJ’s aiming to preserve and elevate the turntablist culture. The collective holds a regular scratch session at The Record Store every month with a strict vinyl only policy. Check out the collective’s facebook page for more details.
What makes a champion turntablist – is it more about selection or skills?
Razor Sharp Juggles, Clean Cuts, Precise Wordplay, Quick Mixing, Body Tricks and Dope tune and sample selection make a turntablist stand out from the standard Disc Jockey…but its playing the Turntable like it is an instrument that’s sets them apart!!
With the spread of DJing technology, has the art of spinning wax been left behind?
Not at all. With Serato and Traktor and especially the RANE 62 and DJM-T1 Mixer and a good set of Technics Turntables if anything it has allowed for more freedom and expression and this is why the artform is making a huge comeback!! You will see Turntablists in the Comp using Serato on WAX and also just straight up good old BLACK GOLD Vinyl!!
You’ve been directly involved in the record industry for years. What is it about wax that turns you on?
Working at the Recordstore for 9 years and amassing a Wax collection of over 5000 records, you can imagine I am a huge Vinyl Addict!! WAX is so tacktile and its much more precise for Cutting and doesn’t have any Digital Lag, Plus its also much better sound quality as its recorded as a continuous WAV giving you many more frequencies and a heavier bottom end and its jus plain LOUDER!!
How strong is the Sydney scene at the moment? Where will it be in five years’ time?
The Turntablist community in Sydney is thriving and there is a bunch of the next crop Talent coming up thru the ranks, Sydney and the Blue Mountains has a strong beat making community and the two things tend to go hand in hand, with a lot of the beat makers generally also talented Turntablist, WAX WARS gives them a place to get together and show off their skills and plus learn and pass down knowledge to the younger emerging Tablists!!
WHEN: FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2014 – WAX WARS – THE BATTLE RETURNS
8PM – CROWN STREET CUT COLLECTIVE & CHOP FAMILY OPEN WITH SOME CUTTIN’ & SKRATCHIN’ FEATURING SCOTTY B. THE DIGITAL ASSASIN & PROLIFIK THE GIFTED + STREET ARTIST BRETT CHAN
9PM – SHOWCASE DJ KUYA
11PM – THE BATTLE COMMENCES
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
$5 ENTRY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
The winner by TKO – ZEROOOOOOOO!!!!!!
Another super battle went down last night thanks to ZERO & STEAK N KIDNIE… DJ KUYA for the wicked display… To Brett Chan for the incredible art and to the Chop crew Scotty B ‘The Digital Assassin’ & Prolofik the Gifted’ thanks for keeping it tight on the beats & cuts …
Massive thanks to all the sponsors and Crown Street Collective for making it all happen… Big Ups
On to Round 3…