DJ Qbert voted America’s Best DJ for 2010
ABDJ Awards Ceremony and Closing Party Set for October 2 at The Palms Hotel & Casino Las Vegas – With Paul Oakenfold’s Planet Perfecto party
Port Washington, N.Y. – The votes have all been counted and it’s official – DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ are proud to announce that DJ Qbert has been voted America’s Best DJ for 2010.
The talented San Francisco-based jock – and ABDJ runner-up in both 2008 and 2009 – will be honored October 2 in Las Vegas for the ABDJ Closing Party, which will include a press reception at Ghost Bar in The Palms Hotel & Casino. After being presented with his trophy – a special Gold-Plated Pioneer mixer – from 2009 America’s Best DJ winner Z-Trip, DJ Qbert will perform at the Rain Nightclub for Paul Oakenfold’s Planet Perfecto party, one of America’s wildest nights out. (Incidentally, Z-Trip maintains his “Z-Trip Revolution” residency at the Rain nightclub in The Palms, where he took over the decks after the passing of DJ AM.)
“Skratching Lives! What a great opportunity to show that we DJs are musicians. Thank you to everyone at DJ Times, ThudRumble.com, and everyone for supporting the skratch art!,” said DJ Qbert, reacting to the news that he was voted 2010 champ.
Running in tandem with the competition, the 20-event America’s Best DJ Summer Tour (presented by Pioneer DJ) kicked off Memorial Day Weekend at Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival and wraps with the closing party at the Palms on October 2. Along the way, America’s Best DJ summer tour stopped at Baltimore’s Starscape Festival, New York’s Black & White Festival, Denver’s Global Dance Festival and Atlantic City’s DJ Expo, among many other events.
Additionally, we’re happy to announce that Kelly Perry of Denver, Colorado has won the ABDJ Grand Prize trip for two to Las Vegas that includes roundtrip airfare, accommodations at The Palms, and VIP treatment at the America’s Best DJ closing party in Rain Nightclub.
2010 AMERICA’S BEST DJ FINAL RESULTS
WINNER – DJ Qbert
A genuine DJ legend, Qbert is a turntablist who makes other jocks stand back in awe. Hailing from the San Francisco area, QBert gained fame as a competition-winning battle jock and as one-fifth of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz DJ crew. Always the innovator, QBert’s repertoire of scratches and other tricks has won a global following of fans and vinyl-fetish DJs.
Check Out DJ Qbert’s Myspace here!
SECOND PLACE – Kaskade
A DJ whose profile continues to rise, Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) has become one of our most in-demand club talents, not to mention one of America’s most prolific producers. A creator of six artist albums, including 2010’s Dynasty, Kaskade has enjoyed chart success with that CD’s eponymous single, plus others like “Move For Me” (with Canada’s Deadmau5), “Everything” and “Stars Align.”
Check Out Kaskade’s Myspace here!
THIRD PLACE – A-Trak
By the time he was old enough to vote, A-Trak (aka Alain Macklovitch) had won more international championships than Sugar Ray Robinson. Indeed, between 1997 and 2000, A-Trak took eight different DJ titles, including the 1997 DMC World Championship at the precocious age of 15, making him the organization’s youngest winner. Now a seasoned veteran, the Montreal-born A-Trak went on to become Kanye West’s Tour DJ, launched the ultra hip Fool’s Gold Records and scored big with a number of remixes, most notably with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Off With their Heads.”
Check Out A-Trak’s Myspace here!
(How did the other Top 100 DJs fare in this year’s ABDJ voting? Get the results here)
2010 AMERICA’S BEST DJ AWARDS CEREMONY AND CLOSING PARTY
Saturday, October 2 – Las Vegas, NV
Ghostbar @ The Palms (Awards Ceremony)
Z-Trip presents QBert with Gold-Plated Pioneer mixer
Rain Nightclub @ The Palms (Closing Party)
*Manufactured Superstars (Beatport’s Brad Roulier and Shawn Sabo)
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