Red Bull 3Style 2019 Leads Thai Winners into Global Spotlight
Thailand's turntablists battled to find the national champion, who'll showcase their talent at the world stage in Moscow.
Red Bull 3Style is “the world’s largest global DJ competition”, according to its official website. And rightly so, with championships held in over 22 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.
From October 2019 to February 2020, six contestants in various countries compete against each other to find out who's the best. National winners, along with those who’ve been named ‘wild cards’, will join the world championship on April 26, 2020 at Red Bull 3 Style World Championship in Moscow, Russia.
The local championship, Red Bull 3Style Thailand National Final, had just taken place on November 22, 2019 at The Club@Koi. Six talented DJs were selected to enter a turntablist battle to find the national winner who’ll eventually join the world stage.
On the night, the club was packed with the contestants’ supporters, music lovers, and experienced turntablists, all there to cheer the DJs on and see the best this new generation has to offer.
As for the setting, the venue welcomed the championship with stylish stage design. The Club@Koi’s iconic tunnel entrance was lined with portraits of the six contestants as if to introduce them to the incoming audience.
Stepping into the main area, we were greeted with a stunning backdrop, featuring a prominent Red Bull 3Style logo. It’s definitely an eye-catcher; many were taking pictures to show their social media followers they’re at this world-class contest.
Party lovers and music fans gathered around the DJ booth, while many hung out with their friends at tables and waited for the show to start. To keep everyone energized, the Red Bull booth handed out refreshing drinks throughout the night.
Before the actual contest started, DJ Bomber Selecta, a two-time winner of Red Bull 3Style Thailand National Final, worked up the hype with his opening act. His unique style and set served as an excellent hors d'oeuvre to the explosive main course.
Each of the six DJs is required to perform a 15-minute set with tracks from at least three different genres and win the judges and the audience over. Four categories are used to determine the score: Originality, Skills, Music Selection, and Crowd Response.
Then, it’s time for the turntablist battle to begin. First up is EN2, who put on an exceptional show – a clever mix of fresh tracks and his signature drumlines. With this strong start, the crowd was already pumped up as the first act concluded.
The second contestant, DJ JEDI, is an incredible young talent. For this championship, he prepared a set with heavy beats and a wide variety of genres. The crowd swayed to his energetic performance, shouting and jumping along with their friends and other music fans.
The thunderous cheer provides great support for the contestants, urging them to put on their best show.
Third on the roster is Steez, a young DJ with a dapper style. He delivered a set that’s as intense as the first two. The music began cautious and deliberate, then grew more spirited towards the end, earning him a huge round of applause from the audience.
Next is DJ NUTTY, who was crowned as the national champion in 2018. He made a return this year, ready to blow the audience away with another show of his top-notch turntablist talent.
His signature remains distinct and strong – an eclectic mix of genres with a focus on iconic Japanese tracks. He integrated these elements into his set smoothly and effortlessly, so it’s no surprise that the crowd’s applause boomed throughout the room.
The fifth contestant, BABYSCA$H, is the sole female DJ in this year’s championship. Bringing to the stage some much-appreciated Girl Power and incredible talents, she’s an exceptional representation of girl DJs. Her set is vibrant and full of energy, and seeing her dancing to her own beats made the crowd beamed with delight.
The championship concluded with the sixth show by EX-DEE, a 20-year-old DJ from Phuket. He turned the heat up right from the start with a brilliant solo, which sent the crowd bouncing to the rapid beats.
He then turned it up to the max by adding in an array of tricks and gimmicks, while he showed off his ingeniousl turntabling pose. The crowd was enraptured by the young DJ’s skills.
After all sets had concluded, it was time for the judges to determine who did best. The night’s highlight – the announcement of the 2019 national champion – finally arrived.
Coming in third place was BABYSCA$H, closely followed by last year’s champion, DJ NUTTY. Finally, EX-DEE was announced as the winner of Red Bull 3Style Thailand National Final 2019.
As soon as the announcement was made, the room exploded in cheer for the young DJ. Even EX-DEE himself couldn’t contain his excitement for this victory and milestone.
The 20-year-old DJ will act as one of Thailand’s representatives in the world champion. We believe his skills will go on to capture the hearts of countless international fans and can’t wait to see EX-DEE takes on the world-class stage in Moscow.
This year’s Red Bull 3Style Thailand National Final ended on a sensational note. Suffice to say, everyone was utterly thrilled and entertained to see so many talented DJs #playwithmusic.
But the night’s celebration didn’t just end there, as everyone enjoyed an exclusive afterparty by three world-champion DJs: Four Color Zack, J.Espinosa, and Shintaro. The energetic show was the perfect way to end the night.
For updates and more information, as well as showing your support for EX-DEE on his road to Red Bull 3Style World Championship, visit the links down below!