WAX WARS – ROUND ONE [FRIDAY – 07.11.2014]
Wax Wars is here to bring turntablism out of the shadows and into the spotlight where it belongs.
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!!
THE BATTLERS – ROUND 1
MORPHINGAZ VS. HEAVY HANDS
+ SHOWCASE SET FROM PAST AUST DMC CHAMP J-RED.
+ ARTIST DAYS ONE PAINTING UP A CANVAS LIVE.
Australia’s Morphingaz is a man with more cut, slices and dices than any master chef, hand- crafting custom-made recipes to dazzle the musical palates of any discerning crowd. His pedigree is show material with a DJ career that began at thirteen.
Since digging his heels in at the original internet radio station GAIALIVE.COM in London in 2000, he spent fruitful European summers as tour DJ for pop revolutionary Mocky and scratching alongside Canadian supervillain Chilly Gonzales. After producing original material under MaS P for artists like Est’elle, Seanie T and Kate Havnevick, he continued his journey supporting musical icons such as James Brown, DJ Premier and DeLaSOul with Californian rapper, Aphletik.
Morphingaz is currently completing the production of a debut album with fellow klezmer meets instro hip hop n jazz band The Asthmatix among some other side projects.
HEAVY HANDS //
Heavy Hands is a scratcher who values the funk over technicality. He has performed around Sydney with Jazz bands and Hip Hop crews focusing on using the turntable as an instrument. having placed 3rd in last years Wax Wars he now plans on taking the title with his heavy ass hands.
SHOWCASE DEEJAY SET FROM J-RED //
After touring the world numerous times, playing DJ sets and battling DJs in cities like London, Los angeles, Japan, and Singapore. Add to that playing alongside such influential artists such as Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, Black keys, Gangstarr, Afrika Bambatta, Black eyed peas, Method man, Redman, Public enemy, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rahzel, Kool keith, Masta Ace – already you get a sense of how seriously he takes his DJing to new heights. This is just the tip of the iceberg!!
DJ J-RED was introduced to the decks at an extremely early age, busting stylus’s and turnatables at the age of 4!!. He started djing parties at the age of 11, playing Funk, Reggae, Rock, Hip-Hop and everything in between. He started Djing at underage events at the age of 13, and moved into overage clubs at the age of 16. He had learnt alot of his mentors about mixing programming and keeping the vibe with different groups of people within the room. At the age of 17 he entered his first DMC battle placing 3rd, little did he know he would be the only Dj with 8 National titles buy the time he had released his first (legal) mix cd – Streets Ahead on Crookneck/Stomp. He also pioneered a Hip-hop Turntablist mix show on KISS 90 FM along with Dj Kuya, Australias first show of its kind. He has appeared on numerous TV shows displaying his skills and spreading knowlege of the artform to all audiences. He has received awards from numerous websites, most recently voted Australias best Urban mix Dj, Turntablist and mix-tape Dj on www.ozhiphop.com – Australias largest online Hip-Hop community! He has received amazing reviews from all over the world in regards to his releases and performances. And last but certainly not least he’s the Dj for Melbournes premier Hip-hop crew – LYRICAL COMMISSION – www.unkutrecordings.com . The rep grows bigger…
* 1999 2ND PLACE VICTORIAN TECHNICS / DMC CHAMPIONSHIPS
* 2000 REIGNING BROWN SUGAR CHAMPION
* 2000 2ND PLACE VICTORIAN TECHNICS / DMC CHAMPIONSHIPS
* 2001 VICTORIAN TECHNICS / DMC TEAM CHAMPION
* 2001 VICTORIAN TECHNICS / DMC SOLO CHAMPION
* 2001 2ND PLACE AUSTRALIAN DMC SOLO CHAMPIONSHIPS
* 2001 1ST PLACE AUSTRALIAN TECHNICS / DMC TEAM CHAMPION
* 2001 1ST PLACE AUSTRALIAN / NEW ZELAND VESTAX CHAMPION
* 2001 WORLD TECHNICS / DMC COMPETITOR IN LONDON
* 2001 1ST PLACE VESTAX AUS / NEW ZEALAND CHAMPION
* 2001 WORLD VESTAX COMPETITOR IN HOLLYWOOD
* 2002 2ND PLACE VICTORIAN TECHNICS / DMC CHAMPIONSHIPS
* 2002 1ST PLACE AUSTRALIAN TECHNICS / DMC TEAM CHAMPION
* 5TH PLACE IN THE WORLD TEAM FINAL 2002
* 2003 QUIKSILVER CLUB MIX VICTORIAN CHAMPION
* 2003 VICTORIAN ITF SCRATCHING CHAMPION
* 2003 VICTORIAN ITF ADVANCEMENT CHAMPION
* 2003 VICTORIAN TECHNICS / DMC CHAMPION
* 2003 AUSTRALIAN TECHNICS / DMC TEAM CHAMPION
* 2003 AUSTRALIAN QUIKSILVER CLUB MIX CHAMPION
* 2003 AUSTRALIAN ITF SCRATCHING CHAMPION
* 2003 2ND PLACE AUSTRALIAN ITF ADVANCEMENT·
* 2003 4TH PLACE WORLD TECHNICS / DMC TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH THE DIRTY DUO.
* 2004 AUSTRALIAN TECHNICS / DMC TEAM CHAMPION.
* 2004 WORLD TECHNICS / DMC BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY SCRATCHED ·
* 2004 4th PLACE WORLD TECHNICS / DMC TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH THE DIRTY DUO.
* 2005 AUSTRALIAN ITF ADVANCEMENT CATEGORY CHAMPION
* 2005 AUSTRALIAN ITF TEAM CATEGORY CHAMPION
* 2005 WORLD ITF EXPERIMENTAL CATEGORY CHAMPION
WHEN: FRIDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2014 – WAX WARS – THE BATTLE RETURNS
8PM – CROWN STREET CUT COLLECTIVE OPEN WITH SOME CUTTIN’ & SKRATCHIN’ + STREET ARTIST DAYS ONE
9PM – SHOWCASE DJ J-RED
11PM – THE BATTLE COMMENCES
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
$10 ENTRY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
WAX WARS – ROUND ONE RECAP //
Dam, round 1 was one of the dopest things we’ve seen.. the battlers MORPHINGAZ & HEAVY HANDS stepped into the ring and gave it their all… They threw out blow after blow, but after 3 huge rounds were both somehow left standing… It all went down to an OT round where Heavy Hands took out the bout…. Ohhh Sheeeeeet & what about J-RED showing us all how its done… The man has some serious skills behind the decks, amazing to watch… An Big ups the the Chops beatmakers Mumbles and the crew for laying down the sweet early jams
Incredible first show and onto the next round featuring ZERO vs. STEAK N KIDNIE and a massive showcase from DJ KUYA… And more live art from Brett Chan….
Big shout out to all the sponsors, Sailor Jerry, Montana, Bondi Beach Radio, Big Rig Productions, Westsyde, Sennhieser, Well Dressed Vandals & Showtime.