A carrot-topped New England DJ-turntablist took first place Saturday in the DMC/Technics Regional competition for Chicagoland at Metro, while Northeastern Illinoisans won the two runner-up slots.

After delivering a 6-minute set that included backspins, scratching cutting, flairing, and working the wheels of steel under a leg and behind the back with twirls while standing on top of turntable covers secured with duct tape, Providence, R.I.Õs Perseus won a DMC/Technics and the opportunity to represent Chicagoland at the national U.S. finals Aug. 24 in San Francisco. The winner of the national competition will represent the United States at the international competition Sept. 22-23 in London.

It’s just great to get all this love from Chicago, especially for a person who’s not from here, a slightly choked up Perseus said in a brief acceptance speech from Wrigleyville venue’s stage. Perseus and 1999 Chicagoland DMC/Technics Regional champ and southwest suburban Cicero, Ill. native Precyse are with the same DJ-turntablist crew, Turntable Technicians. Precyce is currently 2001 champ for the DMC/Technics Regional that was Jun. 1 in New York City.

Spryte won a choice of a Technics record case or headphones with second place, and Spyder won a Technics record bag with his third place finish. Both Chicagoland locals are with the North Shore-based Platter Pirates crew.

Perseus, Spryte, and Spyder placed out of 10 finalists chosen by DMC/Technics events coordinator Charles Krazie Charlez Tuason during Weed Street district preliminaries of 2-minute routines at JoeÕs. Compared with past Chicagoland DMC/Technics Regionals, the panel of judges was cut in half from as much as eight to four and a simple majority consensus of judges replaced the cumulative point system. The judges were Tony Vegas and Prime Cuts of the UK team Scratch Perverts and Chicagoland locals Panick of Molemen Inc. and Third Rail.

Other DMC/Technics finalists included the following competitors:

D-Man of Cleveland’s Warlox crew; Flim-Flam of Chicago; Bam of Chicago; Sqwint of Fairfield, Iowa, midway between the Missouri state line and the Quad Cities region; Zero of Chicago; Rewind of Cleveland’s Warlox crew, Arch Deluxe of North Shore suburban Gurnee, Ill.




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