Years of devoted practice, months of global competitions and hours of back-to-back battles – everything came down to this momentous day in DJing history. On Sunday 1st October 2017 the finest international DJ talents came together to battle it out for the title of DMC World Champion 2017. With only one being able to walk away with the highly coveted prize the seasoned mixmasters showcased their world-class scratching.
Following the Japanese DJ Yuto’s victory last year, Japan felt inspired and went on to dominate this year’s competition taking home both of the top prizes. The highlight of the night had to be seeing DJ Rena crowned world champion – an amazing achievement, becoming the youngest ever championship winner at only 12 years old. Seeing off competition from hot contenders, New Zealand’s DJ Gooda, as well as France’s undisputed master of the mix, DJ Skillz, the judges were all left in awe by the pure talent and enjoyment seen in Rena’s awarding him the coveted World Champion Jacket, Gold Rane 72 Premium 2 channel Mixer and Gold Disc award. Demonstrating technical prowess, rivaling that of his seasoned, professional battling comrades, DJ Rena executed a flawless performance, exhibiting mechanical mastery combined with true showmanship and playful interaction with his new found fans.
Undeniably the caliber of talent this year was immense. Battle-worthy performances were plentiful, especially from scratch aficionado DJ Skillz and the online DMC champion, DJ Spell, whose tapestry of samples and beats proved a favourite with the crowd. The master DJs went on to secure third and second place respectively.
Elsewhere in the battle for World Supremacy, DJ Yukichi became triumphant, after seeing off stiff competition from DJ Dwells (USA) with his intricate and technically flawless routine. Both amazing routines, the judges clearly had a tricky decision on their hands, but after a quick moment for deliberation, Yukichi took the crown and with it a Rane Twelve Battle Ready System and one-off Gold Vinyl Disc.
Thousands of beat-enthusiasts descended on KOKO, Camden Town in their droves from all over the world, to bear witness to the cornucopia of DJing talent. Aspiring scratchers had the opportunity to improve their skills through a workshop with the renowned Mr Switch and Fong Fong. Not left disappointed, revelers were later transported to the origins of UK hip hop with a dynamic, raw performance from the legendary London Posse. Although 2017 was clearly a great year for DJs around the world, it also marked the passing of DMC alumni, DJ Daredevil. Delivering an emotional, yet impressive performance, world-leading DJs Matman, Prime Cuts, Cutmaster Swift, Tigerstyle, Blakey, and DJ Woody took to the stage to deliver a heart-felt set paying tribute to their dear brother of the decks.
Certainly one for the ages, the DMC once again proved why they are the pioneers of DJ competition. An unforgettable day in our minds and heart, fans will be no doubt