City Weekly Music Awards/CWMA showcase events began last night at W
Lounge with a wildly fun DJ battle that, I'm sure, earned
its spot as an instant-classic annual event. I think turnout exceeded
organizers' expectations--while I work at City Weekly, I have no hand
in CWMA stuff--because around 11 p.m. I was running off to Kinko's to
make 400 more copies of the ballots to choose the winner. ---
I wish I had some great DJ jargon to describe the music, but alas. Also, the DJs each did a warm-up set starting at 10, only to rotate through another series of one set each for the official competition at 11:30, so it's pretty jumbled in my head who played which track, who scored that awesome edit, etc.
The event was packed and sure to be back next year.
This was my first DJ battle. It helped me to listen a lot closer to the music and to assess it on multiple levels. I've always listened for smooth, surprising, unique--or totally botched--edits, but hearing five DJs back-to-back helps you also contrast varying style.
But the CWMA music showcases aren't finished, they've only begun! Check it out: http://www.cityweekly.net/cwma