5 December 2014 – It was a night filled with much anticipation and excitement. Finally after a rousing showdown, the battle ended in grand fashion with its new champion. KYORI won the hearts of the judges as well as audiences with his spectacular techniques, spinning his way to history as the 2014 Pioneer Digital DJ Battle champion.
Indeed, the Pioneer Digital DJ Battle known as one of the biggest and most sought-after deejaying events. Originating from Orlando, Florida, the competition was conceived by a group of passionate, audio-savvy Pioneer ProDJ executives, with aspirations to uncover new blood in the world of DJs. First setting foot in Malaysia since 2003, the Pioneer Digital DJ Battle continues to play its role as a star platform to discover exceptional new talents.
The Pioneer Digital DJ Battle 2014 was organised by Pioneer and co-sponsored by official magazine JUICE, official apparel PUMA (who dressed all 5 finalists), official timepiece PUMA TIME, official hairstyling GATSBY, official TV station 8TV and Heineken, for beer served throughout the event.
Taking place at the hottest dance floor in town, Zouk Club Kuala Lumpur, this year’s turnout was exceptionally overwhelming! Eager fans filled the entrance way before show time as they wanted to show full support towards their personal favourite. However all was in order, everyone took turns as they were ushered into the club.
The event was officiated by a welcome address by the emcee, followed by a brief opening speech by Mr. Kazutoshi Takahashi, the Managing Director of Pioneer Malaysia. Anticipation was further heightened as celebrity judges made their appearance. No stranger to the local deejaying scene, 2014’s esteemed panel included DJ Anowl, DJ Blink, DJ Victor G and last year’s champion Ben Cracko alongside Mr. Raymond Lee, General Manager of Pioneer Malaysia.
Excitement reached fever pitch as the top 5 finalists took turns to showcase their best, with each given 20 minutes to show their individual DJ moves. The eclectic line-up of talents – FAITH, A-MARQ, DJ ELF, KYORI and SILENT were later judged according to creative use of Pioneer equipment, song selection, skills, techniques, audience response and overall showmanship.
Upon completion of the finalists’ showcase, guests were treated to a session of interactive games with attractive prizes from PUMA Time and Gatsby up for grabs. The fun activities kept the hype going, ensuring an electrifying atmosphere leading up to the night’s most anticipated moment – the results announcement.
Finally the results were announced and KYORI was declared as champion. Judges were most amazed with the many new elements that he had infused in his techniques, proving that he had went the extra mile to win this well-deserved championship. For this big win, KYORI gladly took home 2 units of CDJ Player CDJ-2000NEXUS, DJ Mixer DJM-2000NEXUS and RM2000 cash from Pioneer, total worth of over RM20000. That’s not all; KYORI was also presented with PUMA voucher worth RM1500, PUMA Time watch as well as GATSBY products.
The other finalists managed to walk away with fantastic prizes too. 1st Runner Up, A-MARQ, received a Pioneer DJM Mixer DJM-900SRT worth over RM6000, PUMA voucher worth RM1000, PUMA Time watch and GATSBY products. Meanwhile 2nd runner up, SILENT was awarded with the Pioneer DJM Mixer DJM-750-K, PUMA voucher worth RM500, PUMA Time watch and GATSBY products. As for the consolation winners – DJ ELF and FAITH, both of them were given great prizes courtesy of GATSBY.
Big congratulations to the champion, KYORI who will be defending his title next year in order to win himself an entry to the Pioneer Digital DJ Battle Asian Championship in 2016. Held bi-annually, this international competition allows champions from participating Asian countries to come together and battle for yet another round of glory.
Organised by Pioneer, the Pioneer Digital DJ Battle 2014, is all about discovering new talents who possess exceptional skills in mixing music and putting on superb showmanship. Specials thanks to all sponsors who made this year’s Digital DJ Battle a great success.
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