Flash wants to re-introduce the basic concepts of late 70's DJ
battles. Unlike other battles where DJs showcase their technical
mastery over the wheels of steel, Flash has suggested a more
musically challenging judging criteria.
unique selection will be demanded. Clean execution of techniques such
as needle dropping, cutting and scratching on beat will be mandatory.
DJs will not be able to use the ever popular break records full of
readily available samples nor will they be able to cover their
records with marking tape.
Flash World Turntable Invitational will be a welcome battle to a DJ
community that is divided between radio DJs and turntablists. There
is no outlet available for those DJs who dig for rare records and
showcase their skills and selection while rocking the party, in the
very footsteps of DJ pioneers like GrandWizzard Theodore, GrandMixer
DXT, and of course, GrandMaster Flash.
In 2001, Flash
plans to host preliminary battles in 5 major U.S. cities. The
champion of each city will be automatically entered into his Final
battle, taking place in New York City. Invitations will be extended
to other world famous DJs who would not usually enter battles or who
may have dropped out of the battle scene. With HEFTY cash prizes
among other rewards, who knows who might come out of retirement!