“As a DJ I just want people to know that I just enjoy music, period.” said DJ Incrediboi of SMIRNOFF’s Master Of The Mix. A self taught DJ, he purchased his first set of turntables at age twelve after working all summer to pay for them. He said, “I started out doing house parties in the beginning. I ended up doing family get togethers and djing for my family members, and stuff like that.” Flash forward to 2013 and this Bronx native earned his spot with some of the nation’s best DJ’s on season three of VH1’s Master Of The Mix. Together with SMIRNOFF’s endorsement, the combination of seismic talent has the ratings up as high as the hands in the club.
In episode five, the judges Kid Capri, DJ Mia Moretti and Ben Maddahi had the field narrowed down from thousands of hopefuls, to the best of the best, the top nine. Their challenge this week was to capture the essence of host city Miami in a three minute set performed live for a discerning crowd, a camera crew and of course, the judges. No pressure.
In order to hone in on the Miami culture, renowned DJ and Miami resident, DJ Irie offered his expertise. He gave the finalists a crash course in the city’s rich history via a tour through the soul of Miami. Stops included Liberty City where Miami Bass was birthed, Little Havana and other significant Latin and cultural music sites.
Denver native, Chris Karns voiced his unease with the challenge early in the day, saying he felt like he was the only one that wasn’t confident with the set requirements. Later as he crammed to refine a technical set, his concern with being uncomfortable was fueled by irritation with DJ Incrediboi who said his strategy was simple, to take the club approach and not premeditate what he played. Incrediboi told me, “I think that was the toughest thing in the beginning, just trying to premeditate all my sets. It was like, ‘Why am I doing this?’ So I got more comfortable as far as like, not trying to plan out a set. Mid-way I think that helped me out a lot.”
With opposite approaches, the two went toe to toe and each respectively nailed the assignment, separating themselves from the rest of the competition. Incrediboi put on display his music savvy and passion incorporating the Bachata genre and other Latin favorites into his set. Judge Kid Capri responded saying, “Today you made me wish I was Spanish! Nobody did what you did and that’s a game changer.” Chris’ technical ability, song choice and mixing got three of the judges on their feet and Ben Maddahi said, “That was one of the best DJ sets I’ve ever seen in my life!”
Other notable performancess came from Dynamix and DJ Brian Dawe who also sailed through to the next round. At the end of the day the Miami heat proved to be too much for Chicago’s DJ Dimepiece and her record was scratched after three inconsistent and sloppy sets on consecutive episodes.
Catch the previews for next week’s episode airing on VH1 Monday, May 6 at 12:00 p.m. EST and be sure to tune when the judges double your pleasure, double your fun by pairing the eight remaining contestants to perform as duos.