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2008 DMC World DJ Champs South African Finals


26 July 2008 No Comment

Previously advertised at The Assembly this Friday, but moved to Mercury Live, Friday 8 August
43 De Villiers St, District 6 (Zonnebloem)


Cutting it to the top in their respective provinces, six of the most innovative and skilled turntablists in the country gather in the Mother City to compete for over R50 000 worth of prizes and the chance at representing South Africa at the World DMC Final Weekend (26th & 27th September at Indig02, London), in which over 40 countries take part.

Each DJ has six minutes to rock the house and get the crowd roaring. These amazing feats of accuracy and extreme speed are performed exclusively on vinyl, using two turntables and a mixer.

Expect a host of high intensity displays that will leave your jaw on the floor. Space is limited, so be sure to book at http://www.webtickets.co.za to avoid disappointment.

More info, check: www.dmcbattle.co.za + www.dmcdjchamps.com

Brought to you by DMC, the world's biggest and longest running DJ organisation.

– DJ Niffty (JHB)
– Shameless (CPT)
– The Cutt (JHB)
– Dakin Auret (DBN)
– Optimus Prime (BFN)
– Indaba Winner (CPT) 01/08/08

– Sibot
– Klinikal
– Johnny Filter
– White Nite
– JDL Quake
– Nastie.Ed
– The Realist
– Just be…?



After graduating at the Technics DJ Academy in Manchester, Niffty travelled the UK, collecting records and playing gigs. Thanks to this, he returned to Johannesburg and found himself a DJ residency at C3. Soon Niffty was honing his mixing skills at numerous venues like Carfax, Tempos, Truth, The Songwriters Club, The Armchair Theatre, London Calling, The Bassline, Zula Bar, Red Cafe, Roxy's and many other top venues across the country.

Niffty has graced the airwaves on YFM where he won a battle on BadBoy T and Lee's 'Harambe Show'. He has also featured on television shows like 'Shiz Niz', 'The O Boma TV Show', Jip, Stook and GoTV.

In 2005 DJ Niffty and DJ Redwood formed The Idol Hands Table Band, one of South Africa's most acclaimed turntable acts. Idol Hands won both the single and team battles at the African Hip Hop Indaba in 2007, which qualified them for the World DMC Finals in the UK. Here the duo put SA on the turntablist map by competing in all three international DMC events, letting the world know that South African turntablism is on the up.

Niffty has performed alongside names like DJ Craze (three-time World DMC Champ), DJ Woody (ITF and Vestax), Tim Westwood (London's Radio 1 DJ), Wordsworth, DJ Krush and Killa Kella.


DJ Shameless started his DJing career a mere three years ago. Only having access to a friend's single turntable and no mixer, he practised constantly, even when watching television.

This determination saw DJ Shameless celebrating victory over some serious heavyweight competitors at the regional finals at Fiction in Cape Town on 12 July, to the roaring applause of wowed spectators. Amazingly, this is the young DJ's first-ever entry into the DMC DJ Championships.

Shameless has played at H2O, Sutra and other major venues and radio stations across the country. He has performed alongside Ready D, C-Live, P-Kuttah and other industry greats.

His preferred implementation of his DJ talent is alongside other musicians in a band, rather than DJ sets. His influences include: The X-Men, Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ Craze, DJ A-Trak, Jazzy Jeff and Babu.


The Cutt has been at the round table for six years. He draws inspiration from international DJs like Mix Master Mike and DJ Q-bert, but admits that local DJs like U-looz, Tab the Tayper, Calculas, Soosh, Hamma, Shameless and the Scratch Trio (CPT), Ready D and DJ Easy from Johannesburg are the most influential.

His first time in front of a crowd came in 2003, at a DJ battle at club Insanity in Johannesburg. Here he placed fifth out of six competing DJs. Although not a huge feat, the overwhelming crowd response from his set inspired him to carry on practising. At the next battle he placed second to SA Champ, DJ Redwood.

In 2006, The Cutt delved into video and, together with DJ Hamma, created a viral magazine programme called Spindle, featuring local DJ s like Sibot, Nastie.Ed, Klinikal, E-2 and various internationals.

The Cutt has featured at many events, both in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and has played opening sets for DJ Jazzy Jay in 2007 and more recently for DJ Q-bert on his first South African tour.

He professes to be "down with DJ battles because they force people to practise and push the art form to the next level…"


Hailing from Durban, 25-year-old Dakin Auret has been DJing since 2003 and has played at clubs like Bat Centre, Tiger Tiger, Joe Kools, 80s, Burn, The Winston, Frequency, Skybar, Playhouse, Songwriters Club (JHB) and Dirty Dubbin in the UK. Dakin has played sets at festivals like Flux and Splashy Fen, both solo and with his band Lour Deluxe.

He started off playing at the Bat Centre for the Castle Inqaba and the "Bling Free" events, and also showcased on East Coast Radio with Trevor Williams and PaperKut on Friday nights. Other radio features include Coolfire's show on Durban Youth Radio. He is Heineken Kwazulu Natal's official scratch DJ and his battle history includes Battle of the Year runner-up in 2004 and Regional Battle of the Year winner in 2007.

He also formed one third of the hip hop crew "Fossil Occulists" with Raheem the Chidosylenz and DJ PaperKut. Dakin has played alongside DJ Tigerstyle, DJ Friction, DJ Cause and DJ Mattman in the UK, and claims to have snuck into the VIP Room at Ministry of Sound to have a beer with DJ Babu.


Regional Free State winner Optimus Prime comes from a pro musician family. He started playing the bass guitar at age six, then moved onto mastering the guitar and kit drumming. A strong supporter of scratching and turntable culture, Prime started messing around on the turntables when he was 15, thanks to his big brother being a DJ.

His influences include: Dave Weckl, Simon Phillips, Akira, Jimbo, Mix Master Mike, DJ Q-bert, DJ Babu, DJ Premier, Rob Swift, Total Eclipse, Roc Raida, Mista Sinista, Peanut Butter Wolf, Madlib, Ricci Rucker, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist. In terms of local DJ talent he cites DJ Sirius, DJ AK-47 and DJ Hamma as his main influences.

Since the date of the finals has been moved to Friday 8 August, DMC have decided to include another DMC qualifying heat at the Hip Hop Indaba on Friday 1 August at The Good Hope Centre. For more details and entry forms contact info@dmcbattle.co.za or Choice Records on 021 424 77 30.

Prizes for the Finals:


1 x Return ticket to represent SA in World DMC Finals in UK
2 x Vestax PDX 3000 Pro Turntables
1 x Vestax PMC 06 Pro battle mixer
1 x Native Instruments Traktor Scratch DJ Package
1 x Ortofon Digipbag fits Traktor Scratch, Laptop & 40 LPs
1 x Pair Concorde Q-berts needles in flight case
1 x R2500 Record Voucher from Choice Records
1 x Carhartt Hamper
1 x Butan Wear Hamper
1 x Akai MPK49 keyboard controller and percussion trigger
1 x Custom made grandt mason original shoes


1 x Pair Concorde Q-bert needles in flight case
1 x R1000 Record Voucher from Choice Records
1 x Butan Wear Hamper


1 x Pair OM Q-bert needles in flight case
1 x R500 Record Voucher from Choice Records
1 x Butan Wear Hamper

Pair of Ortofon Q-bert OMs in a flight case awarded to most promising new DJ.

Special thanks to the sponsors who made this a reality:

Native Instruments………………..http://www.native-instruments.com
Rolling Thunder…………………….http://www.rollingthunder.co.za
Choice Records………………….. http://www.choicerecords.co.za
24audio…………………………….. http://www.24audio.co.za
Akai ………………………………… http://www.akaipro.com
Carhartt……………………………. .http://www.carhartt-europe.com
Butan Wear………………………. .http://www.butanwear.com
Grandt Mason Originals……… …http://www.g-mo.co.za
BPM Mag………………………….. http://www.bpmmag.co.za

For more info, including rules checkout:  http://www.dmcbattle.co.za

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