Six have fallen.
Three are left.
And as that ugly Scottish dude said, there can be only one.
This Thursday, October 4, marks the final contest of the Lords of Wax, probably the sickest, slickest DJ competition put on in Austin in years. After three vicious throw downs at the local hotdoggery Frank, the crème de la crème of the 512’s spinners are meeting at the huge space that is Emo’s to finish each other off. There will be beats, there will be bootys and there will be only one winner (beheadings and demonic lightning not guaranteed).
Lords of Wax ain’t your typical DJ showdown either, as this business goes far beyond just a simple competition. With huge names backing the event like Red Bull, Effen Vodka and Dos XX, you know the production value on these shows is through the roof. And that isn’t even the half of it- the competition is part of a potentially bitchin’ documentary of the entire Austin DJ subculture, which focuses its lens on everything from the artists themselves to their favorite spots to dig for records, the sexually energized places they spin, the wild motherfuckers they play for and everything in between. That’s right y’all, this shit gon’ be filmed by some serious professionals.
The rules are simple, but absolutely perfect for this here competition: each DJ is given 30 minutes in a record store randomly chosen from a list that includes the absolute best in town. In that time, these guys have to pick out an entire wax set, which is then locked away ’til competition time. No practice, no bullshit, sick idea. Come competition day, each dude has to play three sets- one with only records from the stores, one with both records from the store and their own wax, and one with whatever the damn hell they want to play.
And these mofos. These DJs, guys. They go hard like a Bugatti Veyron into a brick wall. The competition has Abe the Assassin killin’ it on the ones and twos. They’ve got the spectacularly named Sloppy Jackson in the mix (Give that name a quick Urban Dictionary. It’s good for the soul.). And they’ve got most recent prelim-champ DJ Chorizo Funk spinnin’ his own special brand of beat fuckery. Considering who these guys had to conquer to get to this position, it’s safe to say that this show is a who’s who of the best beat-blenders in the city, if not beyond.
If all this noise weren’t enough to tickle yer beat-lovin’-taint and get you to the show, there’s a whole slew of mind-rapingly sick artists backing up the competitors with sets of their own, including a guy any hop-head will absolutely blow their lid over. I’m talkin’ about a guy who goes by the moniker Grand Wizzard Theodore. That’s right, the inventor of scratch, the student of Grandmaster Flash himself and one of the stars of the eternal, revered Wild Style is giving this shindig his holy blessing and will be performing that night. Holy. Oldschool. Damn. On top of the Wizzard, a buncha good-times bringin’ locals will be on the bill as well, including Mother Falcon, DJ Manny, DJ BIGFACE, DJ Chicken George and one of this writer’s favorite local sound manipulators DJ Orión. VJ 4th Wall of the ever-fun Applied Pressure crew will be blasting eyes with his special flavor of visual mastery as well, and with all that to entice you, there’s just no reason not to be at this show.
The party starts at 10 p.m. with doors at 9 p.m. Visit the official Facebook event page here and purchase advance tickets here. If you fancy yourself a music fan, you best put your dancin’ pants on and get your ass to Emo’s. To check out the three fierce and fearless fools who’ll be goin’ at each other with all they got, give the vid below from Lords of Wax a peep or head to their site at LordsofWax.com, and prepare your ears for sexual magic. See you beat-eaters there.