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Red Bull Thre3Style DJ Competition Regional Qualifier Fitzgerald's January 19th, 2013
The illustrious Fitzgerald's was once again the center of the city's rich music scene Saturday night, as it hosted the Red Bull Thre3Style Houston qualifier. Five of Houston's brightest and most talented DJ stars assembled in a battle for the right to represent Houston at the Regional Finals scheduled for Dallas next month.
A capacity crowd of 700-plus music lovers witnessed each competitor use his allotted 15 minutes to rock the party to the fullest, while being scored on mixing skills, creativity, stage presence, track selection, and audience response. The judges included current Thre3Style World Champion Four Color Zack, 2011 Thre3Style Champion Big Once, and multi-platinum music producer The ARE.
Competitor No. 1: Kyle Berg, Booth Pimps
Describe your DJ style: I'm what's known as an open-format DJ. As opposed to fitting into one category as a DJ, I play all of it... house, hip-hop, dubstep, funk, soul, classic rock and roll. I take crazy left turns and just party-rock.
If you could tour with any musician or band, alive or dead, who would it be and why? Honestly... Michael Jackson. He performed some of the best shows ever, and I could show off my dance moves!
What is your favorite track of all-time and currently? Of all time, that has to be "Blackbird" by Paul McCartney. Right now, I'm really feeling that A-Trak Tuna Melt record, and the ASAP Rocky "Fuckin' Problem" is dope, too.
Competitor No. 2: Rockwell, Booth Pimps
Describe your DJ style: I like to have fun. When I first started I would tell myself "I'm djing for me, so I'm gonna play whatever I wanna hear". But as I progressed in my career, I learned that I needed to cater to what other people like and allow other people to have fun with me.
If you could tour with any musician or band, alive or dead, who would it be and why? For me, I would love to tour with a real band like The Roots, or Bob Marley. Both of those are amazing.
What is your favorite track of all-time and currently? My all-time track(s) would be "Waiting In Vain" or "Soul Rebel" by Bob Marley. More modern would be "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" by Kendrick Lamar.
Competitor No. 3: OG Bobby Trill, Bómbon
Describe your DJ style: My style is focused on being strong turntablist. I started out scratching exclusively, and that translated into juggling and trick mixing. I have a true hip-hop style no matter what genre I'm spinning at the moment, I always resort to turntablism.
If you could tour with any musician or band, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
That's a tough one. I would have to say Ritchie Valens and/or A-Trak.
What is your favorite track of all time and currently? I would say "Down South" by Mad Hatta and "Gracias" by DJ Munchi.
Competitor No. 4: Elroy Boogie, Krackernuttz
Describe your DJ Style: My style is: I'm gonna make you dance, I'm gonna make you move, I'm gonna make you sing. I'm gonna make you boogie!
If you could tour with any musician or band, alive or dead, who would it be and why? Probably Morris Day & the Time. Or Prince, and maybe Janet Jackson.
What is your favorite track of all time and currently? I love ending the night with "Before I Let Go" by Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, or R. Kelly's "Step In the Name of Love." My more current favorite track is "Niggas In Paris" by Jay and Kanye.
Competitor No. 5: Dayta, Krackernuttz
Describe your DJ Style: I play groovy tunes that make the ladies dance!
If you could tour with any musician or band, alive or dead, who would it be and why? Prince, definitely. Why? Because we have the same birthday and I think he's a genius.
What is your favorite track of all time and currently? All time is "Life's a Gas" by Love, Inc. Recently, I'd choose Yungstar's "Knockin' Pictures Off the Wall."
AND THE WINNER IS.....
OG Bobby Trill!
With a mix of confidence, comedy, and swagger, the Bombón DJ exhibited both a technical and free-flowing set that impressed the judges enough to score his performance above the inspired offerings of Thre3Style veterans Rockwell and Elroy Boogie, who were awarded second and third place, respectively. Bobby's set ventured between rap, cumbia, bounce, and salsa, creating a danceable atmosphere and inciting chants of "OGT! OGT!" that rattled the foundation of the entire venue.
"Honestly, I just feel really lucky to be in such a great city with great people, great DJs, and great music!" Bobby stated after the win. "When I got invited to do Thre3Style, I didn't have a clue what I was going to do, but I did know I wanted to "put on for my city" and represent everything that I'm about, musically. I just kept 100 percent OG Bobby Trill: Hip-Hop, Dirty South, cumbia, hype and original."
In a sign of how exceptionally tight-knit and supportive the Houston DJ community truly is, the other competitors joined Bobby onstage to celebrate and congratulate the emotional and appreciative winner.
Bobby will next compete at the Regional Finals against the winners from Dallas, Austin, Kansas CIty, and New Orleans qualifiers. The winner of the regional contest will continue to the U.S. Finals in Los Angeles, with a chance to go all the way to the World Finals held in Toronto later this year.
Congratulations to Bobby and the whole Bombón Crew as they prepare for Dallas. Rocks Off plans to travel to our sister city to catch Bobby compete against the best of the best DJs in the region.
Until then... keep it trill!
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