PDJ 006 – Turntablism vs. DJing and Competition Strategy, feat. “Vekked”

PDJ 006 – Turntablism vs. DJing and Competition Strategy, feat. “Vekked”

Sorry for the delay, friends… but we’re back with a fantastic episode number 6!

It’s back!  Episode 6 of the podcast is for all of you turntablists, or those interested in learning more about the intricacies of exhibitionist-style mixing and competition.  This is a topic that has been largely untouched on the Passionate DJ Podcast, so to do it justice, I brought in an expert on the subject.  Today’s interviewee is Jake “Vekked” Meyer: winner of multiple world championship titles!

Vekked has an impressive list of qualifications, that include World Champion status for 2012 DMC and IDA competitions, Canadian Champion status for IDA (2012) and DMC (2011 – 2013), and Hamilton DMC Champion (2011 – 2012).  He is the first and only DJ to win both DMC and IDA world titles in the same year.

In this interview, not only do we get to hear some great insight into the turntablism world (especially as it relates to competition), but we get to hear some of his performances as well!  (Also, I have a question for you at the end, so listen all the way through!)

In episode 6, we chat about:

  • The psychology of scratching, and building a routine
  • The relevance of turntablism in the modern world
  • The effects that technology and social changes have had on competition
  • The differences between a turntablist and a club or mobile DJ
  • How to prepare for a performance
  • The biggest mistake DJs make when entering a competition

Items mentioned in this episode include:

 Thank Vekked!

If you enjoyed this interview, or Vekked’s awesome videos from his YouTube channel, why not tell him?

@Vekked, thanks for the sweet videos and the inspiring interview on the PassionateDJ.com Podcast.  Keep crushing it!  (Tweet This!)

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Thank you!

And, of course, I welcome your comments on the podcast (and your answer to my question at the end) below!

2 Comments

  1. DJ Tortango
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 10:19:12

    Great podcast as usual! Since you asked, I don’t have a new years’ resolution per se but my goal this year is to get more gigs.

    Last year I focused on recording and distributing lots of free mixes for practice & exposure, and I feel like my DJing skills have improved a lot from that. This year, I want to shift my focus to networking and getting booked.

    Reply

    • David Michael
      Jan 21, 2014 @ 10:25:57

      Thanks for the response, DJ Tortango!

      Of course, that’s always a great goal as a DJ. If I may make a suggestion, it may help to make your goal a little more concrete and measurable… e.g., “I want to play 1 gig per month in 2014″, “I want to play 5 gigs this year”, or “I want to earn a new residency by June.”

      Thanks for listening!

      Reply

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