Calgary's C-SIK to represent Canada at world DJ championship
C-SIK, also known as Rick Cruz, beat out DJs from across Canada for spot in Azerbaijan in autumn
The largest DJ competition on earth has just crowned its 2014 Canadian World Finals contender.
From inside Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night, Calgary native C-SIK took home his first Red Bull Thre3Style National Championship win, beating out competitors from across the country including defending champion Adam Doubleyou of Montreal.
C-SIK, also known as Rick Cruz, will go on to represent Canada in Baku, Azerbajian, this September. He'll compete against the best DJs from up to 20 countries around the world, each fighting for the coveted World Champion title.
"Winning tonight means so much, I worked hard for this," recounts C-SIK, who participated in 2013's National Finals but fell short in his set. "Coming back this year, I knew I would be battling against such a talented group, it forced me to make sure every mix I put together was really worth something. Red Bull Thre3Style pushes you as a DJ, it forced me to step my game up and I appreciate that it's done that for me."
Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom was filled with a contagious energy this weekend, as over 1,000 fans came out to witness the competition's homecoming in British Columbia, where the concept was born almost a decade ago.
Seven of Canada's top DJs each performed a 15-minute original mix live for an enormous crowd and star-studded panel of judges, including local and international DJ heavyweights SkratchBastid, Hedspin and Four Color Zack and the 'Magnificent' DJ Jazzy Jeff.
With live performances by SmalltownDJs and judges Hedspin, Four ColorZack and DJ Jazzy Jeff, Vancouver was treated to both a nation-wide competition and full musical showcase of DJing.
More than one hundred DJs applied to make it into the national final, filing through two regional qualifiers earlier this month.
The seven who made it through represented five provinces, with Halifax's Plaeboi placing second overall and Montreal's Adam Doubleyou placing third.