Red Bull Thre3style US Winner: Trentino

Trentino on Mixcloud

 Red Bull Thre3style is one of the biggest DJ competitions out there so it’s great to be working alongside them in bringing you up-to-scratch with the freshest talent circulating the globe. With just 15 minutes to play whatever they like, DJs are asked to mix at least three genres of music to show off a combination of technical prowess and musical know-how. It doesn’t matter if you’re mixing Skrillex with Kate Bush, so long as the DJ can make them work, bring the party vibes and thrill a dance-floor then that’s what really counts.

Now in its fourth year, Red Bull have upped the ante with challenges taking place in more than 20 different countries around the globe. From a series of qualifiers and a national final, champions from each country go on to compete for the ultimate global prize at a grand final. You can check out the variety of mixes exclusively on Mixcloud here:
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This years final takes place in Toronto, Canada, and as DJs continue to be selected from around the world we thought it would be a good idea to hook up with 2013 US winner Trentino to talk a little about his Red Bull Thre3style journey…

Congratulations on being crowned the Red Bull Thre3style 2013 US Champ! For those who don’t know, this comp is as much about getting the crowd going as it is about a DJ’s technical ability, so what can you tell us about your winning mix and how did it go down with the crowd?

It’s taken several years for everyone to figure out what makes a great Thre3style set. The most important thing is the transitions; you have to do tone play and word play. You also need to have some disses to your competition. Also, you don’t have to be the best turntablist or controllerist there is, but you do need a decent amount of technical skill, although that alone will not win the competition.

Your winning mix showcased a real ability to mix and cross-genres at ease. How would you describe your style of DJing?

What I did for Thre3style has little to do with my normal sets. Every routine and transition in my winning set was built from the ground up specifically for Thre3style. My normal sets are primarily electronic music, although my style is far more active than your average electronic DJ, including my live sets where I play a full drum kit alongside the turntables.

What can you tell us about the journey of winning the comp, has winning this competition opened up more opportunities for you as a DJ?

Absolutely, it certainly exposed me to a lot of new people, and pushed a lot of people that already knew about me to actually reach out and work with me. The main goal now is to keep people excited about my live performances while introducing them to my original music as well. Hence the forthcoming music video for “Take Me Higher” with Alina Renae, which is also a recap of the Thre3style US Finals.

Have you got any ideas about what kind of set you’ll be playing at the Red Bull World Championships? How do you go about preparing for this kind of stage?

I haven’t done any preparation for the world finals yet, I’ve been using the last couple months to capitalize on my success so far and catch up on everything I neglected while preparing for the first three rounds, mainly production.

What do you have lined-up for the rest of 2013?

Lots of original music, much of it collaborations with other great producers, lots of songs with singer/songwriter Alina Renae, who is amazing and well on her way to success as well. More routine videos for all the turntablism and controllerism fans. Also plenty of traveling, I’m booking gigs all over the world, so watch out for when I’m near you.

Thanks Trentino and good luck in the final! Here’s a reminder of his winning mix which was recorded live at the 2013 Red Bull ThreeStyle U.S. National Final.

Mixcloud Mix #1 ft. brand new single: Trentino & Alina Renae “Take Me Higher” by Trentino on Mixcloud

How to run a DIY Contest on Mixcloud

Mixcloud is all about community, which is why we like to support all of our members, whether they are big time DJs or small hobby DJs. Contests are a great way for bedroom DJs to stand out amongst the crowd and kickstart their career alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry.

We have put together a little guide that will show you how to set up your very own DIY Contest.

This can be published on your own website/blog and will encourage your audience to upload their submission on Mixcloud and tag it accordingly.

More info here:

1. Getting started with a DIY Contest

It’s up to you how you run your competition, but we have put in place some simple house rules for you to draw upon in your own Terms and Conditions, keep them in line with Mixcloud’s guidelines.

2. Competition guidelines

Introduce yourselves, explain what the competition is about and let them know what you’re looking for. Here are a couple of pointers.

  • Prizes: A detail description of what the winners will win. Keep in mind that people who are likely to enter a competition are also probably going to love:
    1. Music gear
    2. Experiential prizes (DJ set, label consulting, time spent with a big artist)
  • Content: Decide and state what genre(s) you would like the entrants to mix and upload
      1. DJs upload a mix using the competition tag
      2. All entries will use the same artwork and title
      3. You are welcome to decide further restrictions on mix length, music style etc.
      4. Participants will then be asked to promote their mixes in order to obtain a certain number of Plays/ Favourites etc
      5. A promotional video can be a valuable asset in grabbing the reader’s attention, although it’s not essential
  •  Territories: The more territories the competition will be open to, the more successful it will be:
      1. More entries
      2. More social buzz
      3. More engagement
      4. More brand impressions
  • Judging: It should include basic information about the judging criteria. There are some things to consider:
      1. Age
      2. Location
      3. Number of Plays/mix
      4. Music style
      5. Originality
      6.  Technical ability
  • Terms and conditions: You have to options:
      1. Use Mixcloud’s terms
      2. Create your own T&Cs. Example here. Usually, if there is a sponsor involved, they will want to ensure the legality of the competition and create their own T&Cs. If that is the case, please liaise with them.
  • Competition Artwork: The poster should be in format 300 x 600 and should include:
      1. Competition name
      2. Partners’ logos
      3.  Prize info (optional)
      4. Clear visual hook that is an expression of your brand’s identity

Make sure you clearly outline the logistical details needed to submit an entry, provide details of:

  • Deadline
  • Length of mix
  • Title e.g. “Mixcloud DJ Competition”
  • Tag it e.g. “Mixcloud Competition” – If you fait to tag it correctly, your entry may be missed.
  • Provide your own artwork -Mix artwork should the same as the poster but in 400 x 400
  • Tracklist
  • State eligible country(s)

It’s important that you create a unique tag (e.g. “Mixcloud competition”), this will enable you to easily filter the entrant’s mies when they’re submitted on the site

3. Selecting the winner(s)

Thanks to our tagging system it’s really easy to collect all entries under one page (see example here). This is why it’s really important to pick a unique tag for your competition – it will ensure that all the contestants using it are unique to your competition.

From the contestants you whittle down, it’s a good idea to either hand pick your winner(s) or have a panel of judges to decide (rather than just relying on number of plays/ favourites). It is also a good idea to keep entrants up-to-date with the competition once the deadline has passed. Send them an email thanking them for their mixes and explain when the winner(s) will be announced.

4. Promoting your competition

We’re here to help host the contest as a platform, but we cannot promote all contests that are taking place. Create a page specifically linked to your contest (on your website or through Facebook) and include all the above details regarding deadlines, prizes and other general info about your competition. To really help promote it and to achieve a wide-spread outcome make sure to push it out on all your social media!

Good luck!

Announcing our partnership with London Warehouse Events

Mixcloud London Warehouse Events

We are delighted to announce a media partnership for 2013 with our friends London Warehouse Events. LWE have rapidly established themselves as one of the biggest cross genre promoters in London.

As part of this partnership they are curating a fresh and innovative mix series on Mixcloud, showcasing cutting edge mixes across a broad spectrum of electronic genres. The partnership will also include a number of high profile DJ contests and lots of ticket giveaways for the Mixcloud community! A match made in heaven.

This weekend we are giving away tickets for the following LWE shows:

Friday 7th June – Skepta & Joker

Saturday 8th June – Cocoon

To get yourselves onto the Mixcloud guestlist for these shows, email competitions@mixcloud.com with the subject line “Mixcloud LWE Friday” or “Mixcloud LWE Saturday” and include all names for the list in your email.

Also a final reminder – we’re running a DJ comp with them to win a set at their massive 3rd birthday celebration. The competition closes tomorrow – go here for more information and to check out the entries so far.

And we wouldn’t leave you without some listening recommendations for this weekend – check out this Playlist of DJ sets and radio shows from artists playing at the Joker vs Skepta takeover on Saturday!

Joker vs Skepta 8th June 2013 on Mixcloud

Win 2 pairs of tickets to Weather Festival in Paris

Paris is beautiful. But the guys at Weather Festival think  it would look even better by bringing over 13 000 people for 18 hours of non-stop music on two amazing dance floors. Get ready to experience Paris like you’ve never seen it before!

Tempted yet? Hold on, we can help. For a chance to win 2 x 2 tickets to the festival plus 8 vinyl records from the Concrete label email joe+weatherfestival@mixcloud.com with the subject line ‘Weather Festival WIN’ and tell us why we should give them to you. Feel free to let your French go wild!

Latest Weather Festival’s Cloudcasts on Mixcloud

Continue reading Win 2 pairs of tickets to Weather Festival in Paris

Win 2 pairs of tickets to Weather Festival in Paris

Paris is beautiful. But the guys at Weather Festival think  it would look even better by bringing over 13 000 people for 18 hours of non-stop music on two amazing dance floors. Get ready to experience Paris like you’ve never seen it before!

Tempted yet? Hold on, we can help. For a chance to win 2 x 2 tickets to the festival plus 8 vinyl records from the Concrete label email joe+weatherfestival@mixcloud.com with the subject line ‘Weather Festival WIN’ and tell us why we should give them to you. Feel free to let your French go wild!

Latest Weather Festival’s Cloudcasts on Mixcloud

The crew chose 3 very special places to illustrate the Weather Festival in which 4 huge parties will take place during the three days. Eight official events in total will take place during the festival and the other places.

1. “Palais des Congrès de Montreuil”

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The highlight of Weather Festival is a unique gathering, something never seen in Paris and surroundings. Over 13 000 people are expected at the Palais des Congrès of Montreuil (right outside Paris – metro access) to celebrate for 18 hours non-stop on two floors artists such as Marcel Dettman, Chris Liebing, Len Faki, Robert Hood, Nina Kraviz, Margaret Dygas…

Particular attention will be paid to design and decoration, installations or mapping, Vj’ing and lights will combine around a unique scenography thought for the occasion. For this event, more than 70 tons of technical equipment and over 300 speakers will be necessary to equip, inspire and transform this industrial palace into an electro cathedral.

 2. Concrete

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Friday 17th and Sunday 19th, Weather Festival is welcoming you in a very special place in the heart of Paris on the Quaker. Board aboard the European largest barge for two amazing musicals sessions on two floor !

 

3. SIRA

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SIRA is a former printing house that became a huge 4000 m2 phalanx in Asnières sur Seine (Paris suburb). Since the end of 2011, it has hosted numerous artists from different backgrounds and offers 2 floors of work, creation, performance and life space. Its warehouse style makes it an atypical place which indoor and outdoor spaces come to life to the rhythm of day and night. “

Movida Corona 2012 winner: one year later

dj020 (1)We caught up with last year’s Movida Corona competition winner Andy Condie of Northern Ireland to talk a little about his experience of winning, his musical journey since then and a few tips for this year’s DJs…

Group stages

From over 600 DJs submitting a 30 min mix, my mix secured me a place in North England’s top 10 and the heat was held at Joshua Brooks, Manchester. 10 DJs played that night in an intense 15-minute mix off; I played my set 2nd and got an amazing reaction from the crowd. The winner was announced 3rd and 2nd and then my name was called out.

After winning the heat in Manchester Andy flew to Ministry of Sound in London to take on 5 of the top DJs from each region in the UK for a place in the Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden. He impressed judges with his technical ability and energy behind decks to win the final: “I’m very open minded about dance playing anything from House, Tech House, Progressive, Techno and Trance. I guess my versatility as a DJ came through, but ultimately, it’s the connection you make with crowed is what makes a great DJ and once you master that it’s a whole new level.

Continue reading Movida Corona 2012 winner: one year later

Movida Corona 2012 winner: one year later

dj020 (1)We caught up with last year’s Movida Corona competition winner Andy Condie of Northern Ireland to talk a little about his experience of winning, his musical journey since then and a few tips for this year’s DJs…

Group stages

“From over 600 DJs submitting a 30 min mix, my mix secured me a place in North England’s top 10 and the heat was held at Joshua Brooks, Manchester. 10 DJs played that night in an intense 15-minute mix off; I played my set 2nd and got an amazing reaction from the crowd. The winner was announced 3rd and 2nd and then my name was called out.”

 

After winning the heat in Manchester Andy flew to Ministry of Sound in London to take on 5 of the top DJs from each region in the UK for a place in the Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden. He impressed judges with his technical ability and energy behind decks to win the final: “I’m very open minded about dance playing anything from House, Tech House, Progressive, Techno and Trance. I guess my versatility as a DJ came through, but ultimately, it’s the connection you make with crowed is what makes a great DJ and once you master that it’s a whole new level.”

Since winning

“ I’ve just been made one of the new residents at the Mighty Lush, Portrush, which is one the biggest clubs in the UK. I played alongside Above & Beyond on the 6th of April at Lush and will be warming up for Dash Berlin on the 25th May. I’ve played throughout different clubs in Northern Ireland and Ibiza is looking good for this year too, with dates at Bora Bora. I also have other gigs with Ministry of Sound for later in the year…Before the competition I was asking promoters to play in clubs now they are asking me!”

Tips

“Movida Corona provided me with an opportunity to show off my talent as a DJ and I have thrived on it. I have met DJs from all over the UK and Europe and would class them now as friends; we all still keep in touch. I would recommend every DJ enter the Movida Corona, what’s the worst that could happen? If anything, you will gain experience and that all helps to becoming a better DJ.”

 Well done to Andy! Here with his winning mix from last year.

Movida Corona International DJ Contest by Andy Condie on Mixcloud

Reckon you’ve got what it takes to become the next Movida Corona DJ champion? Don’t forget to enter this year’s competition here: http://bit.ly/YEg3U8