Red Bull Thre3Style US Finals in LA

Lights, camera, dance! A-Trak, DJ Jazzy Jeff, guest Mark Ronson and all the competing DJs on stage.

A crowd of 2,000 packed Hollywood’s Lure nightclub last Friday night, where the Red Bull Thre3style US Finals went down. Six party DJs from around the country took the stage to compete for the title and move on to the World Finals in Toronto in November. A panel of celerity judges – A-Trak, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Z-Trip -- were on hand to decide the fate of the competitors, bestowing the crown of Best Party Rockin' DJ in the US to Chicago's DJ Trentino.

 

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DJ PHSH at the Red Bull Thre3Style US Finals
DJ PHSH from Philadelphia

DJ PHSH at the Red Bull Thre3Style US Finals

DJ PHSH finished third. The Philadelphia DJ spun everything from Bubba Sparxxx 'Blow The Whistle' to The Beastie Boy’s 'Sabotage' with a hint of classical, Latin, house, and funk mixed in between. It was an innovative set, which had the celebrity judges on their feet.

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DJ Scene, from Seattle
DJ Scene

DJ Scene, from Seattle

Second place went to DJ Scene. Scene flipped his hat backwards and tore up the tables with a high energy act that included Gloria Gaynor’s 'I Will Survive,' Violent Femmes, a disco medley, a little Bob Marley, and a heavy metal ending.

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Trentino crowned Red Bull Thre3Style US Champion
Trentino rocking Red Bull Thre3Style

Trentino crowned Red Bull Thre3Style US Champion

Winner Trentino, a DJ from Chicago, explained that his strategy was to make his set “as balanced as possible, to mix and match songs that are unexpected” to showcase his creativity, and “not to lean heavily in one direction.”

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Mark Ronson and A-Trak at Red Bull Thre3Style
Mark Ronson and A-Trak at Red Bull Thre3Style US Finals

Mark Ronson and A-Trak at Red Bull Thre3Style

DJ/producer Mark Ronson took the podium to perform a mix of classic hip-hop from the early '90s and 2000s. Near the end of the set, A-Trak joined Ronson on stage for an unexpected back-to-back performance.

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Crowd rocks to Mark Ronson and A-Trak
Crowd rocks to Mark Ronson and A-Trak

Crowd rocks to Mark Ronson and A-Trak

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DJ Jazzy Jeff still on top of the game
DJ Jazzy Jeff

DJ Jazzy Jeff still on top of the game

Legend and still master, DJ Jazzy Jeff judged the Red Bull Thre3Style US Finals alongside A-Trak and Z-Trip.

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DJ A-Rock, from Miami
DJ A-Rock

DJ A-Rock, from Miami

Competitor DJ A Rock treated the audience to his Orlando style mixes of Jill Scott’s 'Golden,' Peter Bjorn & John's 'Young Folks,' Daft Punk and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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DJ A-Rock
DJ A-Rock

DJ A-Rock

Unlike the other competitors, DJ A-Rock opted for sample pads over a laptop.

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DJ Donnie Dee
Donnie Dee

DJ Donnie Dee

Donnie Dee represented Dallas, arriving on stage sans headphones and throwing on a wig, trucker hat and shades. Dee fused instrumentals with soulful tunes like Steve Wonder’s 'I Wish,' Blur’s 'Song 2,' and Michael Jackson’s 'Beat It.'

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Mark Ronson at Red Bull Thre3Style US Finals
Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson at Red Bull Thre3Style US Finals

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Trentino
Trentino

Trentino

The last competitor of the night was Trentino, who played an array of hip-hop, rock, electro, R&B and classic '80s.

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Trentino getting fancy behind the decks
Trentino

Trentino getting fancy behind the decks

During his explosive set, Trentino demonstrated superior showmanship, scratching two records simultaneously, spinning in circles and jumping around with the crowd.

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Trentino
Trentino

Trentino

Hoisting the Red Bull Thre3Style US championship trophy, Trentino moves on to the World Finals in Toronto in November.

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