Thursday, June 10, 2010

Top Turntablists Face Off Tonight at the Old Rock House

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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Soprano said he has hosted four or five DJ battles in the past, and he likes the way the Thre3style series is set up. The competitors -- who were hand-picked by Red Bull based on their histories, residencies and how busy they are, among other criteria -- will each have fifteen minutes to play three different genres and win the crowd's favor. No mixing programs are allowed, and if a DJ plays a track, no other DJ is allowed to repeat it.

"We're all used to playing party rock stuff to get people dancing for three to five hours a night, so to condense it down into fifteen minutes is going to be a challenge," Mahf says. "If I'm the sixth person to go on that night, I might have to completely change my set. I'm going to have one folder on my computer for my set but I'm going to have another folder in case I need to throw half the shit I've been working on out the window," he adds with a laugh.

Mahf was at the all-star Thre3style event at this year's South By Southwest with big timers such as Mos Def and Jazzy Jeff, and he said the presentation there was incredible, so he's excited to see how the St. Louis version pans out.

"These DJs have been providing the music and setting the tone for your whole city," Soprano says. "You should come out and see and experience because this is something different. The DJs actually show you their creativity and style. You might see something you haven't seen before."

The show tonight starts at 9 p.m. (doors are 8 p.m.) and tickets are $10. 21-plus only.

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