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DJ PRECISION TURNS THE TABLES
ON FELLOW CONTESTANTS, WINNING NATION’S LARGEST DJ COMPETITION
— New York’s own, Perrin Wright, spins his way into the
spotlight to become nation’s top undiscovered DJ in Guitar Center’s
Spin Off 2006 Grand Finals Competition —
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, September 15, 2006 —
When all was said and done, DJ Precision’s performance was true
to his moniker. Behind the turntable at Guitar Center’s Spin Off
2006 Grand Finals, the 27-year-old DJ, in dark shades, gray skull cap
beanie and silver-swooshed Nikes, mixed his way to the top with three
highly technical, well-choreographed sets that convinced a crowd of
fervent hip-hop backpackers, celeb turntablists and a powerhouse panel
of judges that he was the best undiscovered DJ in the nation.
The recognition, in addition to prizing worth more than
$40,000, is designed to help Precision (a.k.a. Perrin Wright) pursue
a career as a successful pro DJ, said Kyle Rogers, marketing manager
for Guitar Center.
“Each year Spin Off brings together the best undiscovered
DJs in the country, along with noted hip-hop performers, for a chance
to share the stage doing what they love while paying tribute to the
roots of the battle DJ movement,” Rogers said. “This year
we honored the hip-hop backpacker genre by assembling a star-studded
lineup of judges and six unique, highly talented contestants from every
region of the country vying for the title of Spin Off champion. Each
contestant was outstanding, but DJ Precision showed that he has the
technical prowess, stage presence and overall ability to rise above
and make waves in the DJ industry. We look forward to keeping tabs on
his music career for years to come.”
Precision had the opportunity to meet some of the genre’s
most respected artists via Guitar Center’s Spin Off, including
several Stones Throw Records’ DJs and MCs. The label’s founder,
Peanut Butter Wolf, performed, as did Kanye West’s DJ A-Trak,
and Madlib, J.Rocc and many others.
Legendary world battle DJ champ ie.Merge_, one of the
competition’s seven judges, said Precision’s skill set on
stage helped set him apart from his fellow competitors. Judging was
based on originality, technique, style, stage presence and overall performance.
“Precision brought the whole package to the table
during competition,” said ie.Merge_. “His patterns were
original and tight, and he looked like he was having fun up there while
taking the battle to a new level. From a technical aspect and a stage
presence aspect, he covered the whole spectrum. His skill definitely
helped him stand out, and that’s the bottom line.”
A native of Corona, NY, in Queens, Precision has been
spinning vinyl for 12 years and battling for six. He first entered Guitar
Center’s Spin Off in 1999, the first year it was held, and continued
to enter the competition for the next four straight years before deciding
to retire from the DJ battle scene. He decided to give it another shot
this year, and chalks his win up to “unfinished business.”
Precision won the preliminary competition in May at his
local Guitar Center location and then went on to win district and regional
finals before heading to San Francisco’s grand finals. On the
way, he surpassed 1,500 entrants hoping for a shot at the title. And
he’s already been noticed as a result. DJ Q-Bert, often referred
to as the “godfather of scratch” and a founding member of
the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, plans to feature Precision on his upcoming
“Turntable TV” DVD.
Precision was in true DJ form after Spin Off announced
his win, fielding questions of onsite reporters from Wired magazine
and Black Entertainment Television with a calm, cool and collected demeanor.
“I’ve spent the past couple months preparing
for this competition, and now I’m ready to move forward and see
where this takes me,” he said. “My ultimate goal when I
first started DJing was to work with someone famous. Tonight I got to
do that several times over, and I hope that my career will continue
to take me in that direction. I’m grateful to Guitar Center for
this opportunity. It’s very surreal.”
In addition to a 2006 Scion xB and the coveted title as
the nation’s top undiscovered DJ, Precision received a trip to
the Nike iD studios and a session with a Nike laser designer, a $2,500
Obey shopping spree and a state-of-the-art “Obey the Champ”
Technics SL-1200MK5 turntable.
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Photo Caption: DJ Precision (aka Perrin Wright) gives his winning performance
at Guitar Center’s Spin Off 2006 Grand Finals Competition in San
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Photo Caption: Winner DJ Precision (aka Perrin Wright) is pictured at
Guitar Center’s Spin Off 2006 Grand Finals Competition in San
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Photo Caption: The judges of Guitar Center’s Spin Off 2006 Grand
Finals Competition are pictured with marketing manager for Guitar Center
Kyle Rogers. Shown (L-R) are ie.Merge_; Craze; Kyle Rogers (front, in
black); Dan "the Automator" (back, in blue); A-Trak; Peanut
Butter Wolf; and J.Rocc (front, kneeling).
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Photo Caption: Shown (L-R) are the winner of Guitar Center’s Spin
Off 2006 Grand Finals Competition with judges Dan "the Automator,"
ie.Merge_, DJ Precision (winner) and Craze.
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