Huge congratulations go out to DJ Skully who marked a triumphant return to competitive turntablism with a performance that displayed his effortless style and technical panache last Thursday at the DMC UK DJ Championships Final.
Placing first in the competition, which took place at Islington Academy, means Skully is now set to represent UK turntablists and compete against the cream of the global DJ crop at the DMC World DJ Championships 2008.
“It's an unbelievable feeling to represent the United Kingdom in the DMC's again. I am really excited and cannot wait to compete against the best DJ's from across the world in September…" – DJ Skully – DMC UK Champion 2008
Skully first shot to prominence by being the first DJ to win the UK Battle For Supremacy, an offshoot of the main championships where DJs compete head to head rather than in sequence. After winning that, and the finals in 2002 he went on to win the Diesel U Music Award for Best Scratch DJ and then focussed on production and mixtapes. He’s come 2nd at the World Finals twice, so this year Skully definitely has something to prove.
DMC UK DJ Championship Final 2008 Winners
- DJ Skully
Representing the UK in the Battle for World Supremacy – a head to head scratch battle of wits, techniques and braggadocious ability – at this year’s DMC World DJ Championships is DJ Switch. This young turntable wizard has stood up to the competition and emerged victorious for three years in a row now, retaining his dextrous deck dominance since 2006. Needless to say we’re expecting big things from him this September.
Battle For UK Supremacy Winner
This year’s DMC World DJ Championships are being held on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September at IndigO2. Heats are taking place now, across the globe, and if the UK competition is anything to go by, once again standards have been ramped up a notch this year.
The finals mark the culmination of months of fierce competition in countries across the world including Japan, USA, Australia, Canada, across the whole of Europe and all the way out to China, Brazil and even Bulgaria – the winner here in September is the best of the best, period.
The recognition that comes with being at the very top of their game is what all of these artists are fighting for but of course there’s also the small matter of some seriously desirable prizes including the coveted Technics gold turntables (like the world cup for scratching – they’re just harder to lift over your head!). There’s also a $10,000 cheque from Ortofon and a whole host of other prizes including goodies from Calvin Klein’s ck IN2U and clothes from Drunknmunky.
The Championships have been running for 23 years now and have helped launch the careers of a galaxy of stars from the DJ world ranging from early winners like the UK’s Chad Jackson, Scratch Perverts and Cutmaster Swift to legends like Q-Bert, C2C (4 x DMC World Team Champions), DJ Ca$h Money and Beastie Boys DJ Mixmaster Mike through to new names like DJ Craze, DJ Netik and last year’s German winner Rafik who played showcase sets at all the UK Heats.
The event is famously sponsored by Technics and Ortofon with the only turntables DJs are allowed to compete with being two Technics SL1200 (armed solely with Ortofon needles).
Contestants have just six minutes to do their impeccably choreographed thing, with DJs in recent years reaching way outside of conventional hip hop and featuring rock, house, drum and bass and folk in their routines.
This year’s event is hosted by DMC favourites’ MC Trip, Killa Kela and Billy Biznizz. MC Trip was awarded the Time Out accolade of ‘Best Live Show of 2004’. He is explosive on stage and is Killa Kela’s official MC / right hand man. To date he’s shared the stage with Busta Rhymes, Outkast and N.E.R.D.