THIS IS A CATEGORY FOR SOLO PERFORMERS
EQUIPMENT: 1 turntable, 1 mixer, vinyl only – no DVS!
SET LENGTH: 1x 90 seconds each round (may vary by a couple of seconds depending on the tempo of the beat). Eliminations: all enter, 4 advance. World eliminations: all enter, 4+1 advance (bonus entry: highest video view count) Semi-finals: 1 vs 1, pairing by score (1st vs 4th, 2nd vs 3rd). Finals: 1 vs 1. The number of rounds is up to the jury!
This category is about scratching, and scratching only. In each round, competitors get presented with a beat selected by the jury (no tempo changes allowed!), and have to show off their freestyle cutting skills.
Winners of a national IDA Scratch Championship advance to the IDA World Online Scratch eliminations. Each competitor needs to be able to produce at least 720p (HD), ideally 1080p (fullHD) video at 25 FPS with a clean sound recording – straight from the mixer. No camera microphone sound with fader clicks, please.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY TO PRODUCE QUALITY VIDEO MATERIAL BEFORE ENTERING!
THIS IS A CATEGORY FOR SOLO PERFORMERS
EQUIPMENT: 2 turntables, 1 mixer, 2 Novation Dicers OR 1 MIDI controller (e.g. NI Maschine in MIDI mode)
SET LENGTH: Eliminations: 1x 3 minutes (all enter, top 4 advance), Semi-finals: 2×2 Minutes, Finals: 2×2 minutes
This category is, and always will be, primarily about scratching and juggling. In recent years, however, many competitors entered the SHOW category with very technical sets, just because they wanted to use hot cues – that‘s not what the SHOW category is about.
That‘s why, starting 2016, we‘re allowing the use of MIDI controllers and all mixer & DVS features. That means: if you use a mixer like the NI Kontrol Z2 or the Rane Sixty-Two, it‘s OK to use hot cues, effects and even samples in your software, if you think you really need them. 2 Dicers OR 1 additional MIDI controller are OK, too.
BUT REMEMBER: THE JURY WILL ALWAYS LOOK AT YOUR TURNTABLIST SKILLS FIRST.
THIS IS A CATEGORY FOR SOLO PERFORMERS AS WELL AS TEAMS
EQUIPMENT: at least 1 turntable and 1 mixer, plus any combination of controllers / instruments you want! SET LENGTH: There is only one 6-minute round – give it all you‘ve got & get creative!
Of course, scratching and juggling are important – IDA is still a turntablism competition. In the SHOW category, however, it‘s not the main aspect at all. Here, you‘re encouraged to explore other performance techniques and show off your production skills, too. Feel free to use any kind of software or hardware: NI Maschine, Ableton Push, loop samplers, MIDI controllers, grooveboxes, foot pedals, flutes, guitars and really whatever else you can come up with. It‘s all about musicality and originality here; push the limits of live performance and SHOW us something new!
Think of a SHOW category routine as an artist or band performing a 6-minute song with turntablism at the core. This is not a classic turntablism category – that‘s why we‘ve updated the rules for the TECHNICAL category.
GO BEYOND TRADITIONAL TURNTABLISM AND SHOW US HOW MUCH YOU CAN REALLY DO.
Who is it for:
Anyone in the World can enter the battle.
The submissions window opens on the 1st of September.
In the „Elimination Round,” each competitor records a special 6 minutes video in which he presents his Djing skills. The jury will be looking for originality, turntablist skills, various music selections, and most importantly, the set’s vibe.
DJs should deliver their sets on CDJs or two turntables with one mixer or midi controller, no extra gear.
We believe that if you have the Party Rocker heart, you don’t need anything else just your basic DJ setup, skills, and music selection.
To give more opportunities in the final round, the qualified DJs present sets lasting 10 minutes.
The video should be recorded in MP4 format, 1920×1080 resolution with a clean sound recording – straight from the mixer.
The filming frame should present the Dj, his hands, and his equipment in a proper light.
How to enter:
To enter IDA 2023 Online Party Rocking Battle powered by Pioneer DJ please use a registration form on our website. Fill in your details and send the Wetransfer link with your 6 minutes video.
Where to watch:
All Elimination Round videos will be uploaded on IDA World Official YouTube Channel under one playlist.
5-7 International Judges (high-profile & experienced DJs) will give notes (1-10) on their top 10 Elimination Round video entries.
The top 7 DJs will qualify for the Final Round.
YouTube Subscribers Choice:
Extra 3 videos with the biggest number of organic comments will qualify for the Final Round. Please remember that it’s quite easy to determine if the comments are real or fake. We believe that if your set is really good it will attract worldwide interest and people will support your video with a true comment. This rule can be a cool way to advance but you have to remember to play fair.
At last, it’s all to the International Judges who will give the notes (1-10) on their top 10 Final Round videos. The DJ with the most points becomes the IDA 2023 Party Rocking Champion!