What happens when a world champion DJ & a Grammy-nominated drummer cross paths for an improvised performance? Scroll down to learn more & watch the live stream!
For our latest installment of the DUAL:DUEL series, we paired 7x World DJ Champ Vekked along with Drummer Jonathan Marks (Monakr, Rogue Vogue, Liquid Soul). The duo had never met before or created music together. What resulted was an improv performance where the skill and prowess of both performers were put to the test song after song. After a warm-up set where Jon’s poly-rhythms were laced by Vekked’s dexterous cuts, the two launched into an uptempo Afro Latin jam with Loops & Vocals sourced from Vekked’s latest scratch record (kind of like our 'Scratch Mania' 10inch!). With the room whipped up into a frenzy, they moved through various genres and sounds, from Swing Jazz to Boom Bap to G-Funk.
The event format lends itself to error and missteps, but despite any imperfections or rawness the music created was undeniably dope. As they learned each other’s style and tested their limits, the songs began to take life into full-fledged compositions. It’s exciting to see Turntables being used as a musical instrument, and we’re looking forward to pushing the boundaries at the next event. Be sure to subscribe & follow our channels for the 1st look!
Photos by Boyu Li