| Aziz Idris |
DJ ISRA emerged as the champion of the Brunei DJ Competition, topping tough contenders including the Prince of Hip-Hop, Jimmy Roll, who came in second place and the people’s champion, Menteri Fasola who came in third.
It is the third consecutive year the competition was held at the Dermaga Diraja. It attracted a record number of 30 local DJs in a three-day event of non-stop mixing and scratching.
DJ Isra, 21, was regarded as the ‘wildcard’ and was selected as the sixth contestant that made it into the final heat after winning the hearts of the judges during the qualifying and semi-finals. He joined the same competition in previous years, but failed to make it through the qualifying rounds.
“He has shown a lot of improvement since the previous competitions and we were very impressed on how he has developed his own style of mixing and great selection of music,” said the head judge, DJ Leylie.
DJ Leylie admitted that it was hard to select the winners for this year’s competition because everyone has the potential to bring home the championship title. The standards have become higher and he hoped that a similar showcase will be witnessed in future competitions.
The six finalists were required to perform their song mix in 15 minutes in two genres. Among the judging criteria included music selection and quality, technical mixing ability, performance, creativity as well as crowd reaction.
Among the local judges included DJ Mioy, DJ Felix and Edgar, while invited judges were Jason Chua from Labuan and E Jump from Kota Kinabalu.
Presenting the prizes was Gavin Chua, the Deputy Business Development Manager of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd. All participants also received certificates yesterday. In addition, the top three winners also received cash prizes, trophies and medals
The top three winners will have an interview session on Pelangi 91.4FM tonight and be invited as guest DJs in upcoming regional music events.
The annual competition has now become a popular platform for local DJs to showcase their music talents as well as providing an opportunity for them to meet and exchange valuable ideas about the style of music, which in turn can spur creativity and interests.