For the first time ever, Women Who Rock magazine will provide female DJs the opportunity to showcase their talent at a competition in New York City at HMV (565 Fifth Avenue at W 46th Street) on Thursday, November 6, 2003 at 6 p.m.
At the DJ competition finals, hosted by celebrated DJ Jackie Christie, the crowd will witness a spectacular display of spontaneous turntable tactics and musical ingenuity, paired with fast-paced commentary and irreverent observations. Ten finalists will have 10 minutes to demonstrate their spinning/DJ skills, using only their own vinyl records and headphones, cartridges, and turntables provided by Numark. Each contestant's skills will be judged by a panel of noted female DJs based on the following criteria: originality, technique, style skills, showmanship, stage presence, and overall performance. After the night’s Grandmaster unveils the surprise theme record, the top two DJs will have 30 minutes to prepare and practice a mix incorporating said theme. They will then perform their mixes live for the judging panel and the crowd. The winner will be chosen based on technical skills, creativity, and the ability to incorporate the theme in the mix. Five runner-ups will receive two Carl Cox signature CS-1 cartridges, D200 headphones, and The Art of the DJ DVD. Two TTX turntables, a PPD01 mixer, and two Carl Cox signature CS-1 cartridges will be awarded to the reigning woman who rocks!
Onlookers will have plenty to do while enjoying the competition. The WKTU Party Crew will be on-site handing out prizes and hosting small contests before and after the spin-off and will also do a live call-in. A raffle will be held after the first round, with prizes including a CD player, CDs, DVDs, spa gift certificates, and more. The first 150 to arrive will receive a goody bag packed with promotional items from event sponsors Women Who Rock, Numark, WKTU, Sam Ash, and Tony&Tina cosmetics.
Women Who Rock is a bimonthly magazine that celebrates and promotes creative female musicians in all genres of music. Featuring interviews, reviews, fashion, and gear, and exploring issues surrounding women in the industry, Women Who Rock honors the powerful force of women in music.