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DMC Celebrates 35 Years of Championing DJs

[![5-time DMC Canada Champion DJ Vekked [Photo: Peter Savic]](/content/images/2018/03/ADD2-DMC-Vekked-300x200.jpg)](/content/images/2018/03/ADD2-DMC-Vekked.jpg)5-time DMC Canada Champion DJ Vekked [Photo: Peter Savic]
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the DMC World organization and the eighth year since the reboot of DMC Canada. DMC’s Canadian branch is in the process of scheduling its 2018 Canadian DMC Battleground, which will see Canadian DJs compete to represent Canada at the DMC World Championships.DMC was founded in the U.K. in 1983 by Tony Prince as the first legal, members-only, remix pool that serviced DJs worldwide with cassettes and vinyl featuring the latest sounds from across the globe. In 1986, the DMC World DJ Competition was established as an annual global event that continues to provide a high-profile stage for DJs to test their skills against their peers. Some of the world’s most notable DJs have competed in the DMC World DJ Championships including, A-Trak, Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill), Carl Cox, and Roger Sanchez. Over the years, an abundance of celebrity guest performers have also graced the stage of the DMC World Finals, including James Brown, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Run DMC, Public Enemy, and more.  The competition has evolved over time from its humble beginnings but remains true to the art form of turntablism and their utilization as instruments rather than simple playback devices.

After a few years of dormancy in Canada, Hamilton, ON’s Amir Prince took on the responsibility of rebooting the Canadian Branch of the DMC. Since then, Canada has produced a multi-title DMC World Champion in DJ Vekked (Waterloo, ON), who joined the esteem ranks of A-Trak (1996) and DJ Dopey (2003) as Canadians holding this world title. Montreal-based, DJ Brace returned to the competition to capture a DMC World Online title most recently.

DMC Canada plans to hold a variety of classes this year featuring special guest instructors and speakers. These seminars will focus on a variety of topics including turntablism, mixing, beat production, and the business side of the profession.

For more information, contact DMC Canada’s Amir Prince at canada@dmcworld.com or go to www.dmcworld.com.

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Mike Raine is the Senior editor of Canadian Musician.