Popular DJ, music performer and producer Jazzy Jeff went on record as saying, despite innumerable technological advances, “an iPod will never be able to replace a DJ” and that is good for Canada, which is a breeding ground of turntable talent.
Jazzy Jeff, whose real name is Jeff Townes, is probably best known for the work he has done with Fresh Prince, aka Will Smith. He is in Toronto this week to be a judge in the Red Bull Thre3style World DJ Championships. The nightly competitions will conclude on Saturday.
Nearly 20 disc jockeys from around the globe will be competing for the coveted crown including Quebec City’s own Adam Doubleyou. “A lot of great DJs hail from Canada — from the entire spectrum, West Coast to East Coast, from A-Track to guys like Skratch Bastid and Kid Koala,” said Townes. “When you have that kind of talent pool, it only breeds more talent.”
Two of the Canadian DJs Townes mentioned will be joining him this week to judge the competition; Montreal’s A-Track, aka Alain Macklovitch, who became the youngest world champion DJ ever in 1997 at the age of 15 and Kid Koala (Eric San). According to Jazzy Jeff, “A talented turntablist is a musical storyteller crafting a unique sonic journey.”
Townes has also made a video with CBC’s Eli Glasner during the week; about why DJs matter in today’s society, the impact of social media on the industry and Canada’s place in the DJ world. The video will air on CBC’s The National on Friday. For Glasner’s report on the 2013 world DJ championships, tune in to CBS on Friday night.
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