DJ Spin

Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 5:00 AM on Nola.com
By Alison Fensterstock, The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup boasts Grammy winners, Rock n’Roll Fall of Fame inductees and even Knights of the British Empire. This weekend, add to that impressive roster the latest winner of the Red Bull Thre3Style DJ contest.

The Red Bull energy-drink company, which crowned the Stooges Brass Band winners of their first “Street Kings” brass-band competition in October, returned to New Orleans last week to host the local round of its five-year-old Thre3Style DJ battle. DJ Spin, a local turntable veteran, took home the top honors, finishing ahead of Force Feed Radio DJs DJ Kemistry and DJ Jive.

“We are all family down here.” explained DJ Kemistry. “I’ve said it many times before but the DJ talent in New Orleans can rival that of any city in the world hands down. I couldn’t be happier for DJ Spin. He could be considered the godfather of the current generation of DJs in New Orleans and he never fails to bring the heat!”

The event was hosted by Mannie Fresh and judged by Q93.3FM DJ Wild Wayne, music writer and DJ Brice Nice, producer and DJ Raj Smoove, 2010 U.S. Thre3Style winner DJ M-Squared and five-time winner of the prestigious DMC DJ battle Craze.

DJ Spin has a lengthy resume both in the studio and live behind the wheels. The Algiers native, who started DJing in 1993, has spun with Mystikal, Soulja Slim and Fiend, and worked extensively with Beats By The Pound/Medicine Men producer KLC. Since 2001, he’s toured and recorded with Grammy-winning blues fusion artist Chris Thomas King.

Along with the Street Kings title, the Stooges won a recording and mentorship session in Santa Monica, California. Spin still has a few more rounds to go on the way to the win. He’ll travel to Dallas at the end of May to compete in the regional round, and if he wins, he’ll go on to Las Vegas in the fall for the national championships, and hopefully to Vancouver, British Columbia for the global finals, competing against winners from 16 countries.

DJ Spin will be live behind the turntables at Jazz Fest this weekend, performing with Mystikal on the Congo Square Stage Saturday, May 7 from 3:40 – 4:40 p.m.