7 December 2012 looked like the perfect day for a mighty clash between champions. At the Mist Club, Bangsar; the official venue of the Battle – fans of the contestants were already lining up way before opening time, waiting for the doors of the Mist Club to be opened. It is going to be a magnificent clash alright – between the aspiring champions of the Pioneer Digital DJ Battle 2012.
But first, about the Pioneer Digital DJ Battle 2012:
The Pioneer Digital DJ Battle is one of the BIGGEST DJ competition in Malaysia. In fact, many seasoned party goers and club hoppers would be familiar with established DJ names of the clubbing and party scene like DJ Fuzz, DJ Victor G, DJ Goldfish, DJ Blink and more!
These are some of the past champions of the Pioneer Digital DJ Battle, an annual event that has been held now for 10 years since it first appeared in the music, clubbing and party scene in 2003. The Pioneer Digital DJ Battle seeks to discover new talents for the local club scene in Malaysia. Initiated and helmed by a group of party-crazy, audio-savvy Pioneer ProDJ executives in Orlando, Florida – the Pioneer Digital Battle is a much anticipated
event all over the world. Today, the event continues to attract a huge following of die-hard audiophiles, aspiring DJs, clubbers and party-goers.
And now, let the clash begin…
…with the appetizers first! A truly humorous Emcee had the crowd in stitches and rolling on the floor with his antics and quirky quips. This was followed by a short opening speech by Mr. Kazutoshi Takahashi, the Managing Director of Pioneer Malaysia.
And then, the music began, and the 5 finalists emerged for the much awaited clash: DJ Kelz, C Master, DJ A-Wee, Bl@ckheart and Ben Cracko – of which our panel of distinguished judges had a tough selecting from the preliminary to the semi-final rounds.
They came on stage; they spun, scratched, and showcased their precious 20 minutes of their talent based on the creative use of Pioneer equipment, song selection, skills, techniques, audience response and overall showmanship. There was a live screen showing the Pioneer DJ decks on stage so all judges and audience could see the DJs’ actions clearly throughout.
The crowd were ecstatic as each contestant strived to deliver their best. From DJ Kelz’s fireworks finale, C Master’s “gangnam-style” beat to DJ A-Wee’s retro 50s newscaster cameo and more! All these wowed the audience and even the judges, comprising of Bryan Burger, DJ ET (Champion of last year’s Digital DJ Battle), DVJ Speedzone, DJ Low, and Mr. Raymond Lee (General Manager of Pioneer Malaysia).
At intermission time, the crowd were treated to great giveaways courtesy of sponsors. Lucky guests walked away with great gifts and more!
The fast, furious and flashing finale
After that dazzling display of showmanship and skills, it’s down to serious work for the judges. The results were delivered loud and clear, and the Champion of 2012’s Pioneer Digital Battle was Ben Cracko, while 1st Runner Up went to DJ A-WEE and the 2nd Runner Up title to BL@CKHEART.
Ben Cracko won 2 units CDJ Player (CDJ-2000NEXUS), 1 unit DJM Mixer (DJM-2000NEXUS) and RM2,000 cash from Pioneer total worth over RM20,000. Along TOPMAN vouchers worth RM800, ICE-WATCH Classic Fluo (Blue) watch and GATSBY products.
DJ A-Wee, the 1st Runner Up won a DJM Mixer (DJM-900NEXUS) worth more than RM6,000 from Pioneer along with TOPMAN vouchers worth RM500, ICE-WATCH Sili Winter (Golden Leaf) watch and GATSBY products.
The 2nd Runner Up, BL@CKHEART received a RMX-1000 Remix Station worth more than RM3,000 from Pioneer together with TOPMAN vouchers worth RM200, ICE-WATCH Classic Fluo (Orange) watch and GATSBY products.
The remaining contestants, DJ Kelz and C Master received consolation prizes, and they walked away with valuable experience.