Red Bull Thre3style 2013 had 460 entrants but only one of them can claim to be king of the decks.
DJs from – take a deep breath – Azerbaijan, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Romania, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Albania, Japan, USA, Jamaica and Switzerland (phew!) all made their way to Toronto for the fourth Red Bull Thre3style World Finals.
Jazzy Jeff, Jubilee, Skratch Bastid, Grandtheft and Kid Koala were joined in the judges' booth by A-Trak and De La Soul’s Maseo on Wednesday night.
Taiwan’s DJ RayRay made history this year when she became the first female DJ to make it to the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals.
A-Trak explained to a select audience how he made the giant leap from young scratch DJ upstart to fully-fledged international icon. “Surround yourself with a good team,” was his main tip. Later on he proved there's nothing you can’t do with a pair of decks.
Switzerland's DJ Bazooka was handed a wild-card ticket to compete in the grand finale after losing out in his qualifier. It allowed him to put the eye-mask he received on his flight to Toronto to good use.
Germany’s ESKEI83 became Toronto’s hottest property when he won the Wednesday night heat. Almost 10,000 people attended the Thre3style events that took place across Toronto between November 4-9.
De La Soul's Maseo and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad show the aspiring Thre3style DJs a thing or two about decks control on night four of the World Finals on Friday.
As the week progressed these up and coming DJs formed strong friendships, learning new DJ tricks off each other and planning to meet again on future unofficial Thre3style mini-tours.
The 2013 world title was claimed by 24-year-old DJ Shintaro of Japan. He’s the first Japanese winner – and also the first World Champion not from a host nation. He’s hoping to use his success to encourage other young Japanese DJs to “think big”.