If you’ve been following the biggest online beat-mixing competition this year, you’ve already seen all the best turntablist videos of 2012. Wait – scratch that. You haven’t.
The winners of the first two rounds of the DMC 2012 Online Championship were announced earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to stop looking for your scratching and beat-matching YouTube fix. You’re in luck, because we scrapped together the Dopest Turntabling Videos of 2012 that you haven’t seen. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a little beat juggling – we’ve got the hard part out of the way for you. Maybe you’ll find some new favorite DJs or pick up a few tricks along the way.
#1: Red Bull Thre3style Skratch Bastid Taiwan 2012
Skratch Bastid (yes, the DJ who frequently samples the Imperial Death March) gives you 14-minutes of beat-matching, complete with both new music and throwbacks to The Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, and Harry Belafonte.
This vid is from Red Bull’s Thre3style Competition, which crowns champions from 18 different countries who then go on to compete in the world finals. 2012’s meeting of the DJs will be held in Chicago, IL. Competing turntablists get 15 minutes on two decks and are required to include at least three different genres. The judges look for DJs that are innovative, can get people on the dance floor, and can bring the house down. You can hear the screams from the crowd in the background noise of this video, but you can’t see the audience. It doesn’t matter – Scratch Bastid looks like he’s having so much fun, it makes you want to get up and dance anyway, or at least smile through the transitions along with him.
#2 King B and Tha Cutt
Tha Cutt recently took the Thre3style South Africa title for 2012, meaning he’ll be in Chicago for the finals later this year. For this video, just bear with the interruptions from the Balcony TV interviewer to hear some dope beats in between. Tha Cutt mixes “technical might with party-rocking prowess,” says Red Bull Thre3style’s website. This is the second time he’s garnered the South Africa title, winning over the dance affections of a sold-out crowd.
#3: DJ Bee at Seven Cities Summerfest
This Philly-based turntablist cuts with Presto from the Flying Ginzu Brothers. This super high-quality video is only 1:40, so you’ll want to watch it a few times to hear those scratches over and over. He hasn’t won any titles yet, but he’s got a slew of radio shows on the Virginia airwaves.
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#5 TURNTABLE RIDER created by COGOO
Japanese bike-sharing company COOGOO released this video in May, revealing a unique mashup: part mix table, part bike. It’s called the Turntable Rider, and the motion controls the music: the wheels are jog wheels and the handbrakes, soundpads. Scratching becomes riding. Motion becomes sound. Your mind becomes blown.
So, what did we miss? Add to our roundup – share your favorite turntablist videos with us and tell us why they’re the dopest of 2012.