Red Bull Thre3style Competition

The Ryersonian got up close and personal during Four Color Zack’s set at the opening night of the Red Bull Thre3style World Championships. (Sarah Warne/Ryersonian Staff)

Nov. 4 marked the beginning of the Red Bull Thre3style 2013 World DJ Championships held right here in Toronto.

The competition is a week-long event in which 21 of the world’s best DJs compete for the title of the “World Champion.”

Each night, DJs from different countries will compete against each other by performing a 15-minute set, during which they must play three different genres of music. Contestants are judged based on their technical ability and the overall reaction of the crowd during their set.

According to the Red Bull Thre3style website, the actual judging criteria for each DJ, regardless of what level they reach in the competition, is as follows:

20 per cent originality of track selection
(White labels, edits, own routines, dubplates)
30 per cent creativity of mixing
(Composition, blends, note play, word play)
30 per cent technicality of mixing
(Cutting, scratching, juggling, etc.)
10 per cent stage presence
• 10 per cent crowd response

The final five contestants will face off on Nov. 9 at the Kool Haus, and one lucky DJ will win the coveted title of “Best DJ on earth.”

The event is a dream come true for music lovers and gives them the chance to see some of the best up-and-coming artists from countries such as Japan, Chile, Switzerland, Korea and Belgium— just to name a few.

The Ryersonian will be live blogging and posting photos to bring you highlights.  You can check out the live blog here.



Sarah graduated from the Ryerson School of Journalism in 2014.