New York City – History was made this past Aug. 5 at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom as DJ Perly became the first female DMC U.S. Champion.
In taking the title, the Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based Perly (aka Natalia Perlz) won a trip to London to compete in the DMC World DJ Championships, plus she took home a rich prize package that included Rane’s new Seventy-Two mixer.
At the DMC US DJ Finals Presented by Rane, NYC-based Dwells finished second, while L.A.-based Shmeeze took third place. The competition included eight U.S.-based DJs who battled it out in six-minute routines before nine judges and a packed room of fans. As the DMC US Supremacy champ – a title he won this past April – Dwells will also compete in London at the DMC World Championships at Koko on Oct 1.
Said Perly after the event: “My reaction to winning the title is an overwhelming emotion of joy and gratitude, knowing that hard work and determination pays off. I’m grateful to have to opportunity to be able to have a chance to battle, and grateful to share what I love.”
And how does she intend to approach the next phase of competition across the pond? “Well,” says Perly, “to quote Rane, ‘Stay Tuned!’ I’m excited and looking forward to having fun in London. This going to be a good battle. You can expect, not only myself, but Team USA – Perly and Dwells – doing what we do best at the London World Finals… just stay tuned.”
In addition to the coveted new Rane Seventy-Two mixer, Perly’s prize package included products from the following DMC sponsors: Peavey; Serato; Thud Rumble; Infinity Faders; MK Stands; Open Faders; 12inchSkinz; Pro X Case; DigitalDJPool.com; and Shure.
Hosted by the gregarious and hilarious Lord Finesse, the event featured a panel of esteemed judges: GrandWizzard Theodore; DJ Precision; Total Eclipse; DJ Slyce; Spictakular; Johnny Juice; Mista B; Roli Rho; and Billy Jam. Also, just before the competition’s winners were announced, fans were entertained by a blazing set from legendary New York turntablist crew The X-Ecutioners (Total Eclipse, Rob Swift, DJ Precision and Mista Sinista).
Check this space again for information on DMC World DJ Championships on Oct. 1 at Koko in London, England.