The DMC World All Vinyl DJ Championship came to a close this past Sunday, with Japanese DJs Yukichi and DJ Yamagami taking first and second place, respectively, in the competition’s final round. DJ Traps, from the United States, came in third place. Yukichi wasn’t even the first to win a DMC competition; in 2017, he won the Battle for World Supremacy, another of the organization’s competitions, taking home the top prize.
This is not the first time that Asian DJs have taken first place in a major international competition; just four years ago, in 2017, a Japanese DJ by the name of DJ Rena took first place in the main DJ championship in Las Vegas. He was also 12 years old at the time. In the years before that, there was the always legendary Kentaro, Izoh, and other characters.
Due to the fact that the competition has been running online for the past two years, the organizers decided to add a number of new categories to the mix in order to improve the overall experience and give a greater number of DJs the opportunity to compete and win a prize. This year, a new category called “All Vinyl” was introduced.
It was necessary for participants to upload two-minute clips of their routines for the judges — Crazy B, DJ Slyce, Chmielix, Erick Jay, and Izoh — to use in eliminating contestants before the final battle between 11 finalists, which took place on Sunday — to be used in eliminating contestants. If you haven’t seen this style of DJing before, you should — it’s a true feat of technical ability that is a pleasure to witness in action.
For 36 years, the DMC, or Disco Music Club, has hosted international DJ competitions. The competitions allow DJs to put their skills to the test in head-to-head battles with industry heavyweights serving as judges.