Let The Games Begin
The Eastern religion of Taoism proclaims it is not the goal, â€˜tis the journey that matters.
In competitions, many enter the race but only one can cross the finish line. Yes, it takes effort and discipline training and sheer will to finish first; for everyone loves to win. Battling keeps nerves and wit sharp, and talents honed. And in a supportive and positive environment, competition is healthy.
Since 1995, Brisbaneâ€™s Central Battle has established a fine reputation in Queensland dance for exposing the great and the laudable.
Over the years, a long line of collateral damage has accumulated in the wake of Battleâ€™s reigning champions with only the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of DJs and DJanes worthy of the crown: from Jen-E to Murray Brown, tyDi, Jeremy Iliev and Tim Plunkett. All victorious battlers have gone on to command the greatest respect, with many names attaining international and national status. Central Battle should be proud to have launched such stellar careers.
And the man leading the lambs to the lions is Murray Brown, having kept Central Battle refreshed and flourishing since the grand days of Central Station Records. In January, Murray will bring 32 entrants to Central Battle 2012 at Electric Playground. Entries are open to all amateurs with newbies, bedroom and wannabe DJs urged to exhibit their weapons of choice on the wheels of steel â€“ particularly those who havenâ€™t had a paid gig in the last three months.
Central Battle will be a playground of interest, with the dance industry coming from across Brisbane to bear witness to the cityâ€™s freshest talent. From virgin DJs taking that first step and performing to a live audience, to chinstroking tune connoisseurs or wizened beat masters; Central Battle will be the DJ battle of DJ battles.
Partnered by Lightsounds and Midnite Music, Central Battle will be certain to stir the dance pot. Donâ€™t enter simply because you expect to win it. Participate because you can put yourself out there and become a part of an industry that builds, supports and elevates. Most importantly, Central Battle serves as a doorway into the dance community. It represents purpose and drive. By all means, Central Battle is a competition. But at the end of the day, each DJ will face the greatest judge and harshest critic of all: themselves.
Entries to Central Battle open Tuesday December 20 from 9am. Entry spots will be picked on a first come first served basis. electricplayground.com.au