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17 December, 2016

Red Bull Thre3style World Finals Day 5 (Final)

During the day Pioneer and Serato held a panel discussion hosted with DJ City. Moderated by Styles Davis, the conversation started with all 3style champions: Karve, Hedspin, Four Color Zack, Shintaro, Eskei83 and reigning Champ DJ Byte. They discussed topics such as how they prepared for their sets, how winning the competition affected them and what it means to be a champion. A very insightful look into the discipline needed to make it to the top.

The second panel gathered all the judges of this week: Nu Mark, Mix Master Mike, Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip, Skratch Bastid and Craze. Great discussions were had on the pressures of fame, how to stay inspired and relevant, or how to handle the stresses and temptations of the road without sacrificing time spent with loved ones. A lot of wisdom and gems to be taken away from the talk. The younger generation was extremely happy to benefit from all the advice of these prestigious veterans. 

The night event began with Santiago heavy hitter DJ Bitman. Then 2014 Champion Shintaro from Japan stepped up and performed an incredibly well curated set of tracks. New heat like Travis $cott's "Goosebumps" and new routines with wordplay show Shintaro has been really growing since being crowned champion. He continues to hone and perfect his style and character. A man of few words, his personality speaks volumes.

BeastMode - AustraliaThe energetic Aussie set off with the unofficial anthem of Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie Oi Oi Oi and hyped the crowd up immediately. Relentlessly throwing every ounce of energy he had into his performance, he didn't let up the whole time. Strong cue point drum performance and high energy cuts really made for an electric performance. His set contained a lot of very familiar party anthems which would likely cost him points with the judges but the crowd were very receptive to these. His charisma really sold the overall performance and he lived up to his namesake. The hearts of the crowd were totally won when he ended donning the cap of Chile U football club. Trims were definitely all the way up for the Australian! 

Pro Zeiko - GermanyThe elusive German had been very incognito around the hotel and you would be right to assume he was perfecting his set for tonight. He delivered a highly conceptual set, based around the four elements (no, not hip hop). Starting with fire themed songs, then water adding some novel hardware like a bubble machine it was a peculiar approach to a competition. Original? Yes, but effective? Not so much. There were some good highlights that were very entertaining like the live trap remake of Darude "Sandstorm". The blow up globe Pro Zeiko threw into the crowd proved to be a distraction for a while until he unplugged his computer and proceeded to state that he didn't need a laptop to rock a crowd and smashed his laptop live onstage!!! The crowd was ecstatic at this incredibly dramatic move. Performing the rest of his set valiantly on vinyl with clever juggles and classic party jams Pro Zeiko had made a huge finale. Probably one of the most theatrical performances ever in 3style. But what was he going to use for the grand finals though!!? Oh my gosh.  

Ruse - New Zealand
From the land of the long white cloud (and Serato) Ruse started with a classic New Zealand hit "Slice of heaven" by Herbs and Dave Dobbyn, flipping it into transition to Latin flavoured tunes that engaged the local crowd, Ruse then progressed through tasteful cuts by Troyboi, Keys n Krates to classic Biggie, Snoop Dogg. Using clever wordplay and a very cool pitch play from Martin Solveig's "Hello" into MIA's "Paper planes" made for some great highlights. The quiet but confident kiwi had plenty of tricks up his sleeve and routines to spare and had the crowd dancing on stage. With the party turned on he brought out other choice cuts that were refreshing. His clever creative transitions such as the Godzilla theme flipped to the melody of TNGHT's "Higher ground" showcased his personal flavour which the crowd was eating up... ending with sing along anthem "Purple rain" in tribute to the fallen musical genius Prince. The good vibes of his set were a welcome addition to the whole competition. Ruse was simply so stoked to be here, as were the crowd.

69 Beats - PolandThe technically efficient and precise 69beats was all about the live remixing and had plenty of ammunition with his setup. Blazing cuts and drum routines with the DDJ-SP1, he maintained the high energy level of the night. 69 used his midi keyboard on stage to play melodies which was very original. Ending with live drumming jungle and drum and bass rhythms, this blazing set was extremely technical. Even if the music choices weren't big hits, his performance was so entertaining the crowd gave him a fantastic reception as left the stage. Once again this Santiago crowd was awesome!

Flink - Switzerland The Swiss OG also brought a midi keyboard to the stage and the guy had chops! With a melody solo into Sango's "Indian flute" (Timbaland flip) the crowd was cheering him on for more. A very relaxed Flink calmly proceed to run some dub plates and strong tines that really resonated with the audience. Great vibes were had with this irie set, blending in plenty of reggae, dancehall, drum n bass and well placed Latin joints too. As illustrated by a live remix of Missy Elliot's "Get your freak on" and ODB's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya", this dynamic set was mostly performed all the way live! Ending by climbing up on the table and performing a drum solo with his midi controller on his chest was a charismatic move that made for a engaging finale. 

Trayze - USAThe returning USA champion came all the way from the nation's capital of D.C. Trayze set off the set with tasteful classics and referenced the best highlights of his winning set in Philly. Favoring the cooler less recognized tunes of other competitors Trayze had a set for the heads. The crowd enjoyed these but maybe didn't get the deep cuts cultural relevance in the USA until Trayze cleverly dropped the "FDT"by YG and a cool Simpsons skit.

Performing the OG Genasis "Cut It" jersey club live remix into his Kanye "All Day" - Sade "Smooth Operator" routine is always impressive to see live and was executed perfectly. A fantastic set and performance, that was just over the heads of the local audience.

Santiago's hero and world champion DJ Byte took the stage. Byte had been the most gracious host to all of us and barely had any time to himself this week. To see him perform such an amazing set for his hometown on this momentous occasion was so heart warming. The electric crowd was proud and fully supportive of their champion.

The judges had made their decision and the hero from down under came out on top. Congratulations to Australia's Beast mode for making his way to the Grand Final! 

Tomorrow we'll see all 5 finalists battle it out inside the Velodrome of the National Stadium!

Comments (38)

Christ beats I. 8:38 AM - 20 December, 2016
What a Stonker!
RodneyNZ 8:53 AM - 20 December, 2016
To me this announcement sounded strange. Would this mean an about turn by Pioneer producing Serato controllers opposed to their Rekordbox only controllers. I'd be keen on a Serato version of the DDJ-RR
Jean Sean 8:56 AM - 20 December, 2016
I would love to see a volume knob for the channel FX. I hate when im spinning and the braker effect is super loud compared to my music.
Christ beats I. 9:24 AM - 20 December, 2016
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I would love to see a volume knob for the channel FX. I hate when im spinning and the braker effect is super loud compared to my music.


Agreed.
Christ beats I. 9:30 AM - 20 December, 2016
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I would love to see a volume knob for the channel FX. I hate when im spinning and the braker effect is super loud compared to my music.


Agreed.


Agreed, and maybe Serato could introduce that into their software sooner rather than later as when that happens it really does make a set look cheap. I would be happy just to have the keyboard control on that feature just to get it implemented asap! Glad someone else has mentioned this because it really is a massive improvement that ranks above everything else in my view at present.
lazy soul 9:44 AM - 20 December, 2016
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I would love to see a volume knob for the channel FX. I hate when im spinning and the braker effect is super loud compared to my music.


Agreed.


Agreed, and maybe Serato could introduce that into their software sooner rather than later as when that happens it really does make a set look cheap. I would be happy just to have the keyboard control on that feature just to get it implemented asap! Glad someone else has mentioned this because it really is a massive improvement that ranks above everything else in my view at present.

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gfs851 9:53 AM - 20 December, 2016
Curious will Pioneer unlock the cue/program for the headphones so that you can hear the cue in one ear and program in the other?
myvenusradio 10:02 AM - 20 December, 2016
Is the 1.9.5 update cooperate with the pioneer ddj-sb2 ? Or there will be never again updates for the specific model..? I search many days now for a information but there was anywhere mentioned. If yes..then I will update it.
Ceniv 10:12 AM - 20 December, 2016
All I wanted for the next update is a beat sequencer for my Serato.
DJ AKB (GQ) 10:55 AM - 20 December, 2016
Have to say that Pioneer is the innovator of DJ gear but I guess it depends on how you spin. True to today each advancement of theses controllers opens up new possibilities and adds buttons to control added software. I've left the controller world not completely ..( I own a DDJ sz ver1) noting that turntables gives me the versatility and real feel that I need to get the job done . Big up to pioneer and the equipment that they provide for the working DJ
Telony Ex 11:15 AM - 20 December, 2016
Interesting to see u guys working together again. Will there be support for ddj wego 4 in future. A nice pice of hardware
Juano Y 11:30 AM - 20 December, 2016
Hi RodneyNZ,

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I'd be keen on a Serato version of the DDJ-RR


That would be the DDJ-SR ;)
serato.com
Dj IRON MIC 11:34 AM - 20 December, 2016
It looks dope I don't own SZ jus my the first SX but I always wanted to get the SZ & eventually I knew they were goin to drop an SZ-2 but I wish it had the USB compatible to play MP3 like the CDJ's, that would have been a nice feature.
Christ beats I. 11:53 AM - 20 December, 2016
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It looks dope I don't own SZ jus my the first SX but I always wanted to get the SZ & eventually I knew they were goin to drop an SZ-2 but I wish it had the USB compatible to play MP3 like the CDJ's, that would have been a nice feature.


I personally would like to see Reloop drop another bomb on the DJ controller scene and implement the pitch play features and whatever else Serato may offer in a Neon 2! "Just the job for budget Bob!"
jbwisky 1:18 PM - 20 December, 2016
Bonjour, à quand serato dj pour la pionner ddj-rx?
blackavenger 3:10 PM - 20 December, 2016
Well, if Pioneer is back in the Serato controller game, then I would like an SX3 w' (2) USB ports. That SZ(2) is just waaaay toooo BIG to be practical.
DutchApples 4:00 PM - 20 December, 2016
Why are we still without a play count?
Salah Ananse 4:02 PM - 20 December, 2016
I'm honestly a little disappointed. After Denon introduced a 4 channel Serato controller with dual Serato capability AND the ability to play external files via USB, I thought Pioneer wouldn't be far behind. ANY top tier controller should have that capability. Why shell out $2000+ for an SZ when I can get more from a Denon or Roland for a little more than half the price? I know they don't want to cannibalize CDJ/XDJ sales. But at this point, it just feels like they're tone deaf to what people are asking for. I love my DDJ-SX. Nothing about this controller motivates me to move up in the Pioneer lineup. Roland's DDJ-808 does ALL this with an added TR-808 on board. Step it up Pioneer!
Christ beats I. 4:13 PM - 20 December, 2016
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I'm honestly a little disappointed. After Denon introduced a 4 channel Serato controller with dual Serato capability AND the ability to play external files via USB, I thought Pioneer wouldn't be far behind. ANY top tier controller should have that capability. Why shell out $2000+ for an SZ when I can get more from a Denon or Roland for a little more than half the price? I know they don't want to cannibalize CDJ/XDJ sales. But at this point, it just feels like they're tone deaf to what people are asking for. I love my DDJ-SX. Nothing about this controller motivates me to move up in the Pioneer lineup. Roland's DDJ-808 does ALL this with an added TR-808 on board. Step it up Pioneer!


Yup, ok, I sort of had those feelings of soul too in regards to the SZ from the SX. In saying that though I still rate the SZ2 regardless. I am not sure wether I missed the beat grid on the SZ2 but I could not see one and in fact I think they have dropped it altogether. I personally would miss that convenience but I guess anylizng tracks is going to become automatic at some point. I would like to hear the improvement in latency on the jogs but again I think it really will be barely noticeable as the SX2 is easily accurate enough. The pitch play is the real extra jewel here but again it is going to take alot more than that to push a sale on my SX2. Especially as the modulars are due for another generation and will be £1600 cheaper alternative for the same result...Reloop Neon 2!!
Christ beats I. 4:16 PM - 20 December, 2016
The USB double up is not an issue for me.
Salah Ananse 4:36 PM - 20 December, 2016
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The USB double up is not an issue for me.


I get it. It's not for a lot of jocks. But in an age where you could have 4+ people playing on one system in a night, that added flexibility is important. I'm an open format guy. So I use Serato. I also play a lot of house. House Djs are CD/USB. Most USB guys use Rekordbox to analyze their files. So they won't show up in Serato. Most Serato jocks aren't interested in moving to Rekordbox. So in integrated controller is the holy grail. I've spoken to Pioneer DJ & they know this. They're just resistant on making it.
Christ beats I. 5:01 PM - 20 December, 2016
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The USB double up is not an issue for me.


I get it. It's not for a lot of jocks. But in an age where you could have 4+ people playing on one system in a night, that added flexibility is important. I'm an open format guy. So I use Serato. I also play a lot of house. House Djs are CD/USB. Most USB guys use Rekordbox to analyze their files. So they won't show up in Serato. Most Serato jocks aren't interested in moving to Rekordbox. So in integrated controller is the holy grail. I've spoken to Pioneer DJ & they know this. They're just resistant on making it.


On the Roland thing I have seen some some real issues with thier pads not responding fast enough and making a real mess of the job. To be honest I was really surprised to see such a dropped ball come from Roland. I put off getting Pioneer gear for a long time but glad I made the decision to buy the SX2 although there are more mappable controllers on the market I have grown to like the SX2. To be honest though if I was in the position that you are describing and you see further successful use for the extra USB why not just cut your losses and go for the SZ2. If you have a viable situation that will also bring the money then what is stopping you?
bcatdclub 7:55 PM - 20 December, 2016
I have not used my SZ in over a month because the Roland 808 just blows it out of the water. The 808 has everything that the SZ2 has and a sequencer that plays the sampler. The main thing that kills the SZ is the Roland soundcard. It sounds a billion times better. It is like A high def TV with a 240 refresh rate versus a tube tv in sound though. I'm relieved that this is all thgey did for an SZ2. Would hate to have to buy another controller right now. I just started buying Roland outboard gear to plug into the 808. The system 8 synth syncs with the Serato tracks and sequencer to control the appregio as well as the TB-3 start stop. Piuoneer is pretty much old school now and obsolete. This past saturday I actually used my synth during my sets and raised it to another level. It also has made me take lessons in music.
Ne0n2k 8:00 PM - 20 December, 2016
Putting post fade fx in like the sx2 good start. And adding buttons for key shifting almost sells it I'm presuming it'll cost double the sx2 though
Christ beats I. 8:12 PM - 20 December, 2016
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I have not used my SZ in over a month because the Roland 808 just blows it out of the water. The 808 has everything that the SZ2 has and a sequencer that plays the sampler. The main thing that kills the SZ is the Roland soundcard. It sounds a billion times better. It is like A high def TV with a 240 refresh rate versus a tube tv in sound though. I'm relieved that this is all thgey did for an SZ2. Would hate to have to buy another controller right now. I just started buying Roland outboard gear to plug into the 808. The system 8 synth syncs with the Serato tracks and sequencer to control the appregio as well as the TB-3 start stop. Piuoneer is pretty much old school now and obsolete. This past saturday I actually used my synth during my sets and raised it to another level. It also has made me take lessons in music.


I was told a similar story about Alto speakers a few days ago and so I checked them out..the extra money was for the power and not the sound quality. In regards to the soundcard in the Roland I do not know the specs off hand but I can tell that some people say the SX2 does not sound that good either but after owning one and working from the much maligned iTunes library I can tell you that it was a very fine reproduction on the music or in short in sounds just great. I can't see the the card in the Roland being more than 24 bit depth but it may have a greater sample rate. Worth checking out though so I would take this appreciation of yours towards your equipment as a poke and compare the two. I am afraid the poor pad response stands proved on you tube so the Roland is out on those grounds alone as far as most controller heads are concerned.
Peeti-V 8:48 PM - 20 December, 2016
I wish there was more information about the improvements to the "lower latency platters"
Christ beats I. 8:50 PM - 20 December, 2016
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Side by side comparison at your local dealers.
blackavenger 11:56 PM - 20 December, 2016
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Putting post fade fx in like the sx2 good start. And adding buttons for key shifting almost sells it I'm presuming it'll cost double the sx2 though

More than double.
Christ beats I. 11:59 PM - 20 December, 2016
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Putting post fade fx in like the sx2 good start. And adding buttons for key shifting almost sells it I'm presuming it'll cost double the sx2 though

More than double.

£1700 GBP! Over twice the price of a SX2...shall we wait for rebel modular?
Salah Ananse 5:16 PM - 21 December, 2016
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The USB double up is not an issue for me.


I get it. It's not for a lot of jocks. But in an age where you could have 4+ people playing on one system in a night, that added flexibility is important. I'm an open format guy. So I use Serato. I also play a lot of house. House Djs are CD/USB. Most USB guys use Rekordbox to analyze their files. So they won't show up in Serato. Most Serato jocks aren't interested in moving to Rekordbox. So in integrated controller is the holy grail. I've spoken to Pioneer DJ & they know this. They're just resistant on making it.


On the Roland thing I have seen some some real issues with thier pads not responding fast enough and making a real mess of the job. To be honest I was really surprised to see such a dropped ball come from Roland. I put off getting Pioneer gear for a long time but glad I made the decision to buy the SX2 although there are more mappable controllers on the market I have grown to like the SX2. To be honest though if I was in the position that you are describing and you see further successful use for the extra USB why not just cut your losses and go for the SZ2. If you have a viable situation that will also bring the money then what is stopping you?


The SZ2 won't solve my problem. I want a controller that will allow everyone to play on it. That would mean it runs both Serato (for laptops) & Rekordbox (for USBs). I have a RANE 62. So it's more cost effective to rent CDJs when I play with cats that use USBs. That does the same thing. I prefer turntables. So I don't want to shell out 4 grand for cdjs.
RodneyNZ 11:02 PM - 21 December, 2016
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Hi RodneyNZ,

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I'd be keen on a Serato version of the DDJ-RR


That would be the DDJ-SR ;)
serato.com


DVS on the SR? I wanna use my Club Kit
niruban 6:28 PM - 24 December, 2016
I was expecting this player but the main improvement i was hoping is the crossfader .i was expecting that they would put the magvel pro crossfaders as in the djm s9 .djs love those .but i dont see that in this player .little dissappointed.
_simon 2:48 AM - 3 January, 2017
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I'd be keen on a Serato version of the DDJ-RR

You mean the DDJ-SR?
RodneyNZ 12:11 PM - 27 January, 2017
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I'd be keen on a Serato version of the DDJ-RR

You mean the DDJ-SR?


No
DDJ-RR
www.pioneerdj.com

Would like this to be compatible with Serato
The Phat Mechanix 10:19 AM - 11 February, 2017
I want to upgrade from the DDJ SX. Does anybody know if if you can still use the video feature on the DDJ SZ2?
deejay byrd 11:05 PM - 23 April, 2017
YOU CAN USE VEDIO ON ALL THERE CONTROLLERS I HAVE THE DDJ SR THE DDJ SX2 & THE DDJ SZ2 AND VEDIO WORKS ON ALL OF THEM AND THE SOUND QUALITY ON THE SZ2 IS BETTER THEN ALL OF THEN AND FOR 2000 ITS WORTH ALL THE MONEY...
The Phat Mechanix 8:46 AM - 29 April, 2017
Thanks Byrd... I got it.

Another Question. What cables do I need to connect to my HD projector?
deejay byrd 2:48 AM - 17 September, 2017
don't no I just use cdmi cables

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