We may have rebranded from skratchworx, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not still involved in the turntablist scene. So when my old friend and fellow tester of local cuisine Mike Williams from Pro X Fade suggested that we get behind the IDA UK and Ireland, I was only happy to oblige, if only because you cannot have enough meetings in country pubs, Italian restaurants, and amazing breakfast cafes. Thus along with a growing list of sponsors and activists, we threw our hat into helping promote the battle to the world.
But the clock is ticking, and if you’re interested in representing the UK and Ireland at the world final in Poland in December, you’re going to have to get busy with your routines, and bust out those skills on camera. Here’s the full details and rules:
IDA UK and Ireland Championships 2013
All video entries must be in by 23.30 on Saturday 26th October.
Here’s the full rules & regulations:
The 2013 Championships will launch on Saturday 14th September at the BPM show, booth A53.
This year we will feature 3 categories – Show, Technical & a new category – Scratch.
The competition will launch on Saturday September 14th & will close on Saturday October 26th.
Judging will not be by the public, however via our esteemed panel of global judges.
All video entries are to be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find below the Rules & Regulations for each category:
- This category contains both individual DJ’s and Teams.
- All DJ’s/Teams must present a 6 minute show. DJs are able to use effect tools, beat machines, samplers, controllers musical instruments etc. The only rule is to use at least one turntable during the whole set. DVS systems can be set in any mode, ie they do not need to be set in “absolute”
- The important factor in the Show Category is that the competitors have to present a set, that is close to an actual song. The main criterias in this category are musicality and creativity.
- There is no battle mode in this category.
- It is an ordinary adaptation to the Advancement Class. Record a 3 minute set on video,
- In this 3 minutes, show the very best that you can be and incorporate juggling, scratching and stage presence.
- The video must be shot in one take and show all gear being and ideally including you behind the decks rather than just your hands.
- DVS systems are allowed. Cue points are allowed. Internal mixer effects are allowed. External effects are not allowed.
- Chose your beat provided by IDA UK via our Soundcloud page.
- Each DJ will do a 2min scratch over the preselected Beat.
- Record your set in HD
- Allowed Equipment: Strictly Scratch Vinyl, No Cue-Points, No Effects, only Vinyl allowed, no Dicers
- Judging criteria: Musicality – Harmony of set, composition, Originality – Creativity, Innovation, Skills, Technical ability, Difficulty, Combos, Patterns – Structure of set, Arrangements, Style – Stage Presence, Composure, Overall Impression.
As well as getting prizes donated by our esteemed sponsors, the winners of the Show & Technical categories will be flown to Krakow, Poland as IDA UK & Ireland Champion to compete in the IDA World Finals. The winner of the Scratch category will progress into the Worldwide Eliminators stages, and the top four in the will proceed to the IDA World Online Final.
Thus a prerequisite to entering the battle is full GB/Irish passport (i.e. you must be a British/Irish citizen) and being able to go to Poland to attend the final on Saturday 7th December, so expect to travel possibly on Friday 6th December – that may means a day off work, college or even school.
E-mail video entries direct to email@example.com no later than 23.00 on Saturday October 26th 2013. Entries will then be judged independently by a global panel of judges and announced in the days after.
BAD TASTE CRU:
BEAT 4 BATTLE:
MICHAEL SINEY DESIGN:
PRO X FADE:
So battlers — you get 3 categories:
Show: It’s more or less a 6 minute technology free-for-all designed to show off creativity, with the only requisite being at least 1 turntable in use.
Technical: On more familiar ground with a 3 minute routine that is very much along modern battling lines.
Scratch: A stripped back bare-bones approach where you, your analogue gear and real scratch vinyl cut over one of 3 provided beats.
I’m a big fan of the scratch category, if only because it’ll go some way towards providing us with an answer to the question of who is the best scratcher in the world. No frill, fuss, or frippery — just raw scratching. Love it.
You’ve got until 23.30 on Saturday 26th October to get your entries in. Good luck!