Turntablism

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North Adelaide, Australia

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This was the first event I did photography for in an ‘official’ capacity. It was a DJ competition, the state finals, with 7 DJ’s going head to head to win the chance to go to the national finals, and probably from there on to the international finals.

These guys were good, but not in the usual DJ sense. They got about 3 minutes to show their stuff, so they had to cram something into that time to get noticed. I’ve never seen vinyl slapped down so fast, tracks mixed so quickly, before being (sometimes) literally flung on the floor to get the next disc and it’s 10 seconds of track in. They had their records stacked up one on top of the other, with little stickers to mark exactly where to throw the needle. And if that wasn’t enough, one guy even spun himself round and did some mad scratching with his back to the decks! The crowd loved it. And another guy bounced the turn-table arm up against it’s bracket so the vibration fed through to the needle and thumped out of the speakers in time to the music! Like I said, not your usual DJ stuff.

As each DJ finished up his spot, he’d clear out his records, and then remove his needle from each deck (each DJ brought their own needles!) before letting the next guy in. Took a few minutes to change everything over so in the downtime I snapped a few macros. Another of my top ten favourite shots.

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