Oh Canada

Que­bec City’s Adam Dou­b­leyou reps the na­tion at Thre3style world fi­nals

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Rep­re­sent­ing Canada at the World Fi­nals of the Red Bull Thre3style com­pe­ti­tion is a big change from how DJ Adam Dou­b­leyou got his start be­hind the decks a decade ago.

“My first gigs were very lowkey,” Dou­b­leyou ex­plains from his Que­bec City home. “I’m orig­i­nally from a small town in ru­ral Que­bec, so at first I was just play­ing at a bar for free drinks, mainly so that I could do it some­where other than my bed­room.”

Dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion even­tu­ally led to DJ res­i­den­cies and high-pro­file open­ing gigs for tour­ing acts like ?uest­love and Felix Car­tal. This is ac­tu­ally Dou­b­leyou’s sec­ond crack at the Thre3style crown, af­ter mak­ing the Canadian na­tional fi­nals in 2011.

“Com­pet­ing in the fi­nals was a ca­reer high­light for sure, but this world cham­pi­onship is a whole other level.”

Since his last Thre3style at­tempt, Dou­b­leyou has be­come a part-time stu­dent, free­ing up more time for prac­tis­ing. He’s also been re­think­ing the im­por­tance of show­man­ship be­hind the turnta­bles.

“I’ve been of dif­fer­ent minds about that over the years, but I do think it’s im­por­tant to let the peo­ple know you’re there, you’re there for them and with them, and that you have one foot on the dance floor your­self.”

More im­por­tant, though, are the tunes them­selves. Dou­b­leyou prides him­self on a will­ing­ness to take chances, and on dig­ging deep into his col­lec­tion to find party-rocking sur­prises.

“You have to have a very broad data­base of mu­sic in your brain. You never know when a very ob­scure genre might be the key to un­lock­ing the dance floor.”

Some­times a song needs a lit­tle help to make it work in a club, so Dou­b­leyou has been known to in­clude per­sonal reed­its in his sets. He’s slowly been mov­ing into full-on pro­duc­tion.

“It’s ex­cit­ing, be­cause when you’re DJing all the time, you in­evitably have ideas for mu­sic that doesn’t ex­ist yet. It’s re­ally nice to have the tools and the know-how to make some of those ideas real.”

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