Winner of the national Red Bull 3Style competition, Ryan The DJ is now taking his skills to the world
Photograph: Mpumelelo Macu
The Red Bull 3Style competition is about showcasing style, skill, creativity and the ability to mix a minimum of three genres in 15 minutes.
After taking out Ameeth Shah and DJ Eighty6 from Durban, DJ J-Efx and DJ Tekneek from Cape Town and fellow Johanesburg DJ, DJ, Ryan the DJ will head to The Red Bull 3Style World Finals VIII, which takes place in Krakow Poland between Feb 5th and 11th 2018.
This week-long series of events and parties culminates with the Grande Finale, in which Ryan The DJ will compete against 23 other DJs from across the globe all representing their respective nations in what’s considered the Olympics of Djing. Finalists will be judged on their originality, skills, music selection and crowd response by a panel of judges that includes legends DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Nu-Mark, DJ Craze, Skratch Bastid and Nina Las Vegas.
Listen to Ryan the DJ's mix and find out more in our short interview after the jump.
Who are you and what's your sound story?
I’m Ryan the DJ, an open format DJ/Turntablist from JHB and have been DJing for the past 14 years.
You were one of six DJs from three provinces. Could you tell us how you made it to the final and the guys you shared a stage with?
I submitted a five minute video that showcased my style and ability as a DJ, which consisted of different genres, scratching and wordplay. My submission video as well as five others from South Africa was chosen to compete in the final.
There were DJs from Joburg, Durban and Cape Town, does each city have a specific sound or style?
I do think that different cities have their own sound and I have been lucky enough to experience this while travelling around S.A. Even though the styles may differ in cities, there are always tracks both local and international that work almost anywhere.
What tracks featured in your winning mix and what tricks did you use to wow the audience?
My set consisted of a lot of South African content combined with international. Some of the stand out tracks were: Distruction Boyz 'Omunye', Okmalumkoolkat 'Gqi', Rihanna 'Wild Thoughts', AKA 'Composure' amongst others. The set included different DJ techniques such as word-play, tone play, beat juggling, scratching and finger drumming.
What are your tips for throwing better house parties?
Music is such an integral part of life. It can be used as therapy or to boost your mood. Choose your tracks carefully, keep the balance in genres and if you are going be providing music for your family and friends then make sure you have music that they can all relate to.
What's in the mix you've made for us today?
Today’s mix is a selection of Hip Hop, R&B and Moombah.
01.) NERD FT. Rihanna - Lemon
02.) Fat Joe - All The Way Up
03.) The Game - Oh I
04.) DJ Dimplez - The Don
05.) Calvin Harris - Cash Out
06.) Sean Paul Ft. Dua Lipa - No Lie
07.) DJ Khaled - Im The One (Bootleg)
08.) Major Lazer - Lean On (Bootleg)
09.) DJ Snake - A Different Way (Bootleg)
10.) DJ Snake - Turn Down For what
11.) J Balvin - Mi Gente
12.) Mims - Like This
13.) Ty Dolla Sign Ft. YG - Ex
14.) AKA - Congratulate
15.) Chance The Rapper - All Night (Kaytranada Remix)
16.) Drake Ft. Nicki Minaj - Truffle Butter
17.) Omarion - Distance
18.) Major Lazer - Light It Up
19.) Ski Mask The Slump God - Catch Me Outside