In the Booth

Red Bull Thre3style DJ Championship Pits Area DJs Against Each Other

Adam Foster is a South Florida-based DJ and producer, founder of, and entertainment director for the Restaurant People. He was named best DJ of 2014 by New Times Broward-Palm Beach.

In the Booth is his new column about electronic music, DJ culture, and South Florida nightlife. Visit his Facebook and Soundcloud.

Over the past few years, the Red Bull Thre3style DJ Championship has become the premier DJ Battle in the U.S., with competitors entering from all over the country. It divides the country into four regions with preliminary battles in different cities. The winners of each (judged by past winners and other industry veterans) continue on to compete in Los Angeles. Winning the national or even regional competition would be a huge step forward in any DJ's career.

But I think there's another reason so many DJs participate in this battle, a reason that I heard echoed by all three contestants whom I spoke with recently but was summed up perfectly by Miami's DJ Obscene: "Nowadays being a DJ is about so much more than talent, but this competition truly allows the talent to shine through."

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