News & Reviews
DJ Qbert voted America’s Best DJ for 2010
Edited Press Release
The votes have all been counted and it's official -- San Francisco Bay
Area’s DJ Qbert
has been voted America's Best DJ for 2010, DJ Times magazine and
Pioneer DJ announced. The talented San Francisco-based jock, who was
the runner up in both 2008 and 2009, will be honored October 2 in Las
Vegas for the ABDJ Closing Party, which will include a press reception
at Ghost Bar in The Palms Hotel & Casino.
Lives! What a great opportunity to show that we DJs are musicians.
Thank you to everyone at DJ Times, ThudRumble.com
and everyone for supporting the skratch art!" said DJ Qbert, reacting
to the news that he was voted 2010 champ.
After being presented with his trophy -- a special Gold-Plated Pioneer
mixer -- from 2009 America’s Best DJ winner Z-Trip,
DJ Qbert will perform at the Rain Nightclub for Paul Oakenfold’s
Planet Perfecto party. (Incidentally, Z-Trip maintains his "Z-Trip
Revolution" residency at the Rain nightclub in The Palms, where he took
over the decks after the passing of DJ AM.)
Running in tandem with the competition, the 20-event America’s Best DJ
Summer Tour (presented by Pioneer DJ) kicked off Memorial Day Weekend
at Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival and wraps with the
closing party at the Palms on October 2. Along the way, America’s Best
DJ summer tour stopped at Baltimore’s Starscape Festival, New York’s
Black & White Festival, Denver’s Global Dance Festival and Atlantic
City’s DJ Expo, among many other events.
BEST DJ FINAL RESULTS
WINNER -- DJ QBERT
A genuine DJ legend, Qbert is a turntablist who makes other jocks stand
back in awe. Hailing from the San Francisco area, QBert gained fame as
a competition-winning battle jock and as one-fifth of the Invisibl
Skratch Piklz DJ crew. Always the innovator, QBert’s repertoire of
scratches and other tricks has won a global following of fans and
vinyl-fetish DJs. Check out DJ Qbert's
SECOND PLACE -- KASKADE
A DJ whose profile continues to rise, Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) has
become one of our most in-demand club talents, not to mention one of
America's most prolific producers. A creator of six artist albums,
including 2010's Dynasty, Kaskade has enjoyed chart success with that
CD's eponymous single, plus others like "Move For Me"(with Canada's
Deadmau5), "Everything" and "Stars Align." Check out Kaskade's
THIRD PLACE -- A-TRAK
By the time he was old enough to vote, A-Trak (aka Alain Macklovitch)
had won more international championships than Sugar Ray Robinson.
Indeed, between 1997 and 2000, A-Trak took eight different DJ titles,
including the 1997 DMC World Championship at the precocious age of 15,
making him the organization’s youngest winner. Now a seasoned veteran,
the Montreal-born A-Trak went on to become Kanye West’s Tour DJ,
launched the ultra hip Fool’s Gold Records and scored big with a number
of remixes, most notably with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs,’ "Off With their
Heads." Check out A-Trak's Myspace.
How did the other Top 100 DJs fare in this year's ABDJ voting? Get the results here.
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