Rob Swift

Saturday, 3/23 -> The Solution & You Like This present The 2013 DMC Denver Regional DJ Battle w/special guests Pete Rock & Rob Swift, DJ Low Key, Es-Nine, Curly One, hosts Mane Rok & Panama Soweto + lots more at Casselman’s…

SATURDAY, 3/23 -> Rane in assoc. with The Solution & You Like This presents
The 2013 DMC Denver Regional DJ Battle MARCH 23, 2013 @ Casselman’s 2620 Walnut St. Denver, CO 80205 (720) 242-8923 http://www.Casselmans.com/. 8pm-1:30am. $15 adv./$20 day of . 18+. Host: Panama Soweto. Judges: DJ Rob Swift, DJ Chonz, DJ Deus & more tba. Partyrockers: DJ Low Key, DJ Es-Nine, DJ Curly One. *No filming of the DJ battle is permitted. Still photography is ok Main event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/147433965414972/
Pick up presale tickets at http://holdmyticket.com/event/133285

FORMAT
This is DMC’s classic solo showcase style DJ battle: DJs will each perform a 2 minute routine for the elimination round. Judges will select the top 6 to advance to the final round. The top 6 will each perform a 6 minute routine. The champion of this DMC regional will advance to the 2013 DMC US Finals in New York City on Aug. 3rd at Stage 48 605 W 48th St (between 11th & 12th) Hells Kitchen NYC 10036 https://stage48.com/

EQUIPMENT
For the 2013 DMC Regionals, we will use Rane Sixty Two mixers – but a Rane Sixty One mixer or Rane TTM 57 will be available upon request. Rane mixers will be supplied by DMC. DJs cannot bring their own mixers. DJs must bring their own headphones, slipmats, needles, records, computers, cords, control vinyl and/or laptop stands etc. DJs can use any brand of needles and DVS they like. Promoter/sound will supply Technics turntables.

DJS MUST REGISTER TO BATTLE
by the day before the battle by writing to DMC USA’s Christie Z-Pabon at usa@dmcworld.com with the following info:

Which city/battle you are entering?
DJ Name
First Name & Last Name
Complete Address, Apt or House
City
State
Zip
Phone
Email
Website, facebook, twitter, etc.
Crew affiliation
Please answer honestly Yes or No to this question:
Are you a US Citizen or have you lived in the US for at least 6 yrs and can prove it?
1st Choice of Mixer: 62, 61 or 57
2nd Choice of Mixer: 62, 61 or 57

DMC PRIZES for US Battles

PRIZES for 2013 DMC Regional Battles include
1st Grand Prize from Rane is the Sixty-One mixer ($1800 retail)
SRH550DJ Headphones from Shure
Custom DMC branded headshells from Smokin Shells
Prize package from 12inchSkinz
Prize package from Elite Philosophy
1st Prize from your promoter: Round Trip Flight & Hotel to battle in the 2013 DMC US Finals in NYC on Aug. 3 @ Stage 48 NYC!

2nd place: Shure Record Bag
Custom DMC branded headshells from Smokin Shells

3rd place: a Shure Reverb T-Shirt
Custom DMC branded headshells from Smokin Shells

SPONSORS
http://rane.com/
http://www.12inchskinz.com/
www.elitephilosophy.com
http://www.shure.com/
http://www.dubspot.com/
http://www.idjnow.com/
http://smokinshells.com/
http://www.scratch.com/
more to be announced!

DMC USA
https://www.facebook.com/groups/dmcusa
http://twitter.com/dmcusadjbattles
http://www.youtube.com/TheOFFICIALDMCUSA
http://stores.ebay.com/DMC-USA-DJ-Gear

DMC WORLD
http://www.dmcdjchamps.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dmcdjchamps
https://twitter.com/dmc_dj_champs
http://www.dmcworld.com/

DMC ONLINE DJ Championships
http://www.dmcdjonline.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dmconlinedj
https://twitter.com/dmcdjonline

OFFICIAL DMC World Youtube Channels
Classic 6 min. battles: http://www.youtube.com/dmcworlddjfinal
Supremacy aka Head to Head: http://www.youtube.com/dmcdjbattle
Teams: http://www.youtube.com/dmcdjteam
Classic 3 min. eliminations: http://www.youtube.com/dmcdjelims
Showcases: http://www.youtube.com/dmcworldchamps

Tools of War grassroots Hip Hop
https://www.facebook.com/groups/101115026613/
http://twitter.com/toolsofwarjams
https://vimeo.com/toolsofwar

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Monday, March 18th, 2013 Events, Guests, Updates No Comments

Shouts to Lazy Eyez & #COHipHop…Check out DJ legend Rob Swift’s post about the 2011 Denver DMC event he put together…

Lazy Eyez is a super modest guy and I’m sure he’d never think to post this on here, but me, I’m shameless and had to show y’all what Rob Swift (of the LEGENDARY X-Ecutioner’s DJ crew) had to say about the 2011 Denver Regional DMC battle that Lazy put together last month.  It’s not the first time that Lazy has single-handedly put the time, money and effort up to ensure that the DMCs had a regional battle in Colorado, but from all accounts, this year’s battle was the most classic one yet.  Recent Thre3 Style Boulder winner and world renowned turntablist DJ Vajra beat out runner-up Cysko Rokwel (another world famous battle DJ from here in Denver), third place finisher B-Money (in a three-way tie w/Jeff C & Wax Shreds) and a host of other great turntablists to take the title, but Cysko’s set was so exceptional that he was given the rare runner up invite to return to the US DMC finals in NY.  I’m sure some video from the event will be popping up soon, but in the meantime, get ready to root for Vajra & Cysko in the national DMC finals and pat yourselves on the back Denver, Lazy and everyone who participated.  With that said, check out Rob Swift’s perspective on the event below. – DJ Low Key

2011’s Denver, Colorado DMC Regional was dope, PERIOD! It had a throwback feel to it. Some of ya’ll reading this probably weren’t around during the time of the New Music Seminar Battles for World Supremacy back in the day but that’s what last night’s Denver heat reminded me of. I myself was too young to actually attend the early NMS battles of the 1980s so I resorted to tracking down the NMS VHS tapes from years like 1988 and 89 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srcpASrIfF8 *man do I miss watching cats cut up straight vinyl, but I digress…). By the time 1990’s NMS battle came around, I finally made the pilgrimage into Times Square to witness my very first DJ battle in person. The experience was pivotal in my life. Actually being there and standing a few feet away from heroes like DJ Aladdin, Busy B Starski and Ice Cube had a huge impact on my decision to choose the path I have as a DJ. Something tells me there was someone in that audience who was inspired just like I was when I attended my first battle.  Last night wasn’t just about the DJs. Denver’s DMC regional also celebrated other elements of Hip Hop. There was a B-Boy and MC battle which reminded me of the 1989 NMS. Granted 89s NMS Dance Battle was more of a “Kid N’ Play” dance style of battle so it didn’t encompass the intricacies I saw the B-Boys display in Denver. But nonetheless, Denver was yet another reminder that a person’s uncontrollable urge to move to the music Turntablists/Battle DJs like us create still holds true. Just as it did in 89! Even the Graff element was being represented (Big Shout to The Signtologist for hitting me off with probably the coolest gift I’ve ever received from a fellow artist).  To all the DJs, MCs and Dancers who competed, I SALUTE YOU! These days, I can’t help but feel like other genres of music like Dubstep and Electro seem to be taking away some of the attention away from Hip Hop. Whether that’s really happening or not, it was refreshing to see all of you stay true to the core principals of OUR culture ——–> Love, Peace, Unity and Having Fun!  Honorable mention goes to DJ Lazy Eyez aka Sean Choi and Christie Z. Pabon for sacrificing their time and energy to put together such a successful Hip Hop event. I’d also like to send mad love out to Casselmans for hosting all of us at such a beautiful venue.  Here’s to Hip Hop in Denver and everywhere else in the world!  Rob Swift

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Saturday, May 14th, 2011 Updates No Comments

Solution news coming soon…In the meantime, here’s what DJ Low Key & Lazy have been up to…

It’s been a minute since the last few Solution events (our annual Dilla tribute & our first CO tour), so we wanted to check in to let you know that me (DJ Low Key) & Lazy Eyez have been far from lazy with the party between venues.  Below is some info on recent and upcoming events that me & Lazy have been involved with, besides working on a proper long term home for the Solution. And oh yeah, now’s probably not a bad time to remind you to check out the DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez mixtape sections above either, please don’t be sleeping on those.  Last but not least, be on the lookout for some Ahead of the Class tour footage featuring Tanya Morgan to pop up soon, as well as info on our 5th Annual Chicken & Waffles/West Coast Party:

I’ve had a ridiculously busy last month or so, especially with the Solution being between venues.  It went Ahead of the Class Tour, Dilla tribute, RBMA events with the Foreign Exchange, a week in Austin for SXSW, the launch of Connected at Hai Bar, Thre3 Style Boulder & more Red Bull Music Academy work (plus, Thre3 Style Houston next week, it never stops!!!).  Here’s some more info on all that:

EVERY SUNDAY -> I’m excited to announce that you can catch Connected w/DJ Low Key every Sunday night from 8:30-11:30 at the Hai Bar (downstairs at Sushi Hai, 32nd & Lowell in the Highlands).   The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive all across the board; a bunch of regulars from my previous Sunday night unanimously said the venue was an upgrade, as was the sound quality, food & happy hour menu size.  Speaking of the happy hour, that was $2 nigiri, $4 rolls & $5 appetizers + $3 small sake, $5 large sake, $3 beers, $6 wines & more the whole time I’m DJing.  And in case you can’t tell from the picture above, I’ll be spinning the best in soul, R&B and other feel good music.  There’s no better way to wrap up your weekend, trust.  Last but not least, I’m working on a nice variety of special events for the night, so stay tuned to this site and twitter.com/djlowkey for more info on that too.  No cover /// 21+ /// SushiHai.com for more on the food/drinks/venue.

Speaking of Connected, that’s Foreign Exchange’s first albums title, and last month I opened for the Grammy-nominated band and helped organize their Denver debut at Summit Music Hall.  The audio from the show is now available on RBMARadio.com and I HIGHLY recommend you check the recording of their performance, it was an instant classic in my humble opinion and one of their best shows in the group’s own words:

.:The Foreign Exchange – On The Floor! – Live at Summit Music Hall, Denver – Pt 1:.

.:The Foreign Exchange – On The Floor! – Live at Summit Music Hall, Denver – Pt 2:.

SXSW was INSANE, I went down to Austin last month to DJ for Tanya Morgan, Che Grand & TiRon; as well as play house DJ for the Vibe.com/Cashmere Agency house. As usual the whole week was nuts, check out my extra thick SXSW recap at djlowkey.com.

I also opened for, judged at and helped organize for the Red Bull Thre3 Style in Boulder, while Lazy Eyez was hosted the event.  The bill featured a distinguished list of DJs from Colorado competing to see who could put together the best 15 minute party rockin set, including last year’s Thre3 Style Denver winner DJ Vajra (fka DJ Magmanimous), Solution family/co-founder Sounds Supreme, Amen, Petey, Bedz, Shake One, Ty Tek & Wushu (the first 5 names on that list have DJed at the Solution before, I hope you’re familiar).  Vajra ended up taking the title once again, moving on to the Thre3 Style Regionals in Dallas.  Boulder’s own DJ Petey took second with DJ Amen rounding out the top three.  With that said, every DJ had a great set and being one of the judges for the battle was tough.  DJ Craze closed out the night with robot like precision and almost 900 people went home ranting about how dope Colorado’s DJs are.

Lazy’s been super busy organizing the Denver DMCs, the legendary turntablist battle.  It’s basically a full time job in itself as he’s coordinating the main event, the DJ battle (set to feature such CO-based international heavyweights as DJ Vajra, Cysko Rokwel & the 4 other 2010 US DMC finalists from CO), as well a b-boy battle, MC battle (which I’ll be DJing, that’s about the extent of where I fit into the DMCs…LOL) and a whole lot more.  Check out Lazy’s post below for more info on the event.

From DJLazyEyez.com:  This year’s Colorado DMC DJ Battle is going to be the best one yet. DJ ROB SWIFT will be here showcasing and judging at the DMC!! In addition, there will also be an MC Battle, 2 on 2 BBoy Battle, performances from Manerok & Deejay Tense, Boombox Saints, and more.

For more info keep checking back on this site. Stay Tuned!! Saturday April 30th at Casselmans.

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Also, catch Lazy Eyez spinning alongside DJs Chonz and Stretch at the 1st Annual La Casa Del Fonk Easter Egg Hunt, a great event by OG Denver b-boys to give the kids a nice introduction to hip hop and celebrate the elements.  Last but not least, hit up DJLazyEyez.com for more pics from Lazy’s adventures over the last month, including DJing at the Denver Mayoral Debate (check the pic below), the Boombox Saint Denver Release Party at Tooey’s & more.

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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 Events, Updates No Comments

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