Turntablism, also known as scratching, started as an integral part of hip hop in the 80s and has expanded into numerous other genres. At its basic level, turntablism involves manipulating a record and crossfader to create quick chops, fades, cuts, and stutters in the music. True artists juggle beats back and forth, switching between numerous songs at lightning-fast speed. Not only does it sound amazing, it’s also extremely badass to watch a DJ manipulate a record in his own fashion and create an entirely new piece of music on the fly.
The DMC World Championships are the world’s premiere showcase of turntablism. Each year, the contest ends with one winner being declared the best turntablist in the world. This Friday, the Zhijiang Dream Factory (芷江梦工场) hosts the China DMC World Championships finals, where 20 DJs from 15 cities (including DJ HBD from Shanghai) fight for the right to represent China in the world finals in September.
Expect nothing less than the most insane turntable trickery you’ve ever heard in your life, leaving you to wonder how human beings can move their hands so fast and still be in rhythm with the music. Special guests DJ Shortkut (Beat Junkies) and Swift Rock (Vestax World Champion) will be on hand to liven up the party. If that’s not enough, use your ticket to get in free to the afterparty at The Shelter, where Shortkut and Swift Rock headline alongside V-Nutz, Fortune, and The Lab crew.
Friday July 18th: “China DMC World Championships Finals” at the Zhijiang Dream Factory, located at Room B 4F, 28 Yuyao Lu, near Haifang Lu, Jing’an. 余姚路28号B座4楼
近海防路. 50 RMB starting at 8 PM. Afterparty starts at The Shelter (5 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu) at 10:00 PM.