#TBT I would say. Just found some footage I recorded practicing for 2004 Canadian DMC finals in my first Montreal apartment after moving up from Halifax. A young die hard rap fan juggling @alanthechemist-produced Big Noyd records in my showcase. Triple 5 Soul tee, poor choice of colour for a ginger. Learned a lot that summer and in those 5 years in the great city of MTL after leaving what was a bit of a comfort zone in my home city.
A lot of people ask me how to learn to scratch or juggle or mix like I can send them a quick DM that will give them the juice, but really it takes years of practice, dedication, study, and challenging & defining yourself. Practice, set goals, get involved in local scenes & online communities, put together routines & videos, try, fail, succeed, take criticism, break down your own mental barriers of criticism and envy towards others (and other genres/styles of doing things)... there is so much to learn at every stage. Everyone has a different path, just keep making yours the best way you know how and that applies to your life. It’s all unchartered territory. Professional DJ wasn’t on the list of options when I was in elementary school.
I placed 2nd in the DMC Canadian finals the year this video was filmed. And the next year, and then that was the end of my DMC career (placed 4th in two earlier years). I never won a national DMC final. My 3 Scribble Jam DJ battle titles are the only DJ trophies I really have, which I’m very proud of, and truth be told I learned a lot more from Scribble than I did at DMC, by watching artists/labels/groups from across the USA build fan bases and navigate the independent music industry. Oh and my first Scribble battle (2001) produced my “Star Wars” video, which gave me an early taste of the value of online video years later when someone ripped it from the Scribble DVD and posted it on ebaumsworld (placed 2nd in that battle, too!). Whole point of this is that DJ careers are a long journey filled with different circumstances and outcomes for everyone. I didn’t let not winning a DMC final hinder me from making a career in music that I’m very proud of and thankful for... (continued in comments)