The first round of the Pang! DJ Comp at Lot33 was — to put it bluntly — awesome.
Many of Canberra’s best and brightest upcoming DJs were out in force. The competition organisers left the field pretty open, asking for trance, progressive, electro, breaks, dubstep, techno, tech house or minimal — and I doubt they were disappointed; entrants gave us a pretty full sampling of the world of electronic music.
Entrants were given a half hour to wow the crowd, using their own equipment or the provided CDJ1000s, DJM800 and two Technics 1200 vinyl turntables.
Sadly, I must confess, I got to the event a little late. A miscommunication with a friend (oops) landed me at the event a full hour after it started, so I missed some of the earlier acts. The crowd was initially pretty sparse — sort of to be expected, in Canberra — which left the earlier DJs down on their luck for the ‘crowd reaction’ criteria of the competition. Hopefully the judges took it into consideration!
Not once was I disappointed by what I was hearing. It’s a dirty cliché, but the standard of competition really was high.