15 min­utes of fame

Break­ing down Adam Dou­b­leyou’s win­ning mix

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When you’ve only got a quar­ter of an hour to im­press the judges, you have to max­i­mize the ac­tion in your mix. Let­ting a track go on for three min­utes (un­til you come to that great drum break in the mid­dle) just isn’t go­ing to cut it. Pick­ing apart Adam Dou­b­leyou’s win­ning 2013 Canadian fi­nals set pro­vides in­sight into just how much goes into a com­pet­i­tive DJ per­for­mance.

He starts things off with the familiar “aaa­hoogaaa” chant from the intro of the Breed­ers’ 90s hit Cannonball, then cuts quickly into the stomp­ing triplet beat from Kanye West’s Black Skin­head. Be­fore the verse ac­tu­ally starts, he scratches and tweaks his way into Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 hard rock an­them Wel­come To The Jun­gle.

But Axl Rose doesn’t get to wail the cho­rus, as Dou­b­leyou jumps into Mys­tikal’s James Brown-sam­pled 2012 come­back sin­gle Hit Me. This sets him up per­fectly for his next move, where he cuts be­tween New Or­der’s 80s new wave an­them Blue Mon­day and James Brown’s I Feel Good, an­swer­ing the “how does it feel” line from the for­mer with the hook from the lat­ter.

At this point we’re only three min­utes in, but it’s time for a tempo and mood change. Dou­b­leyou drops the beat to Chaka De­mus & Pli­ers’s 1993 dance­hall reg­gae hit Mur­der She Wrote, but he’s lay­ered a per­son­al­ized reg­gae vo­cal over it, promis­ing that he’ll “mur­der some sound.” That sec­tion leads into a fast-paced re­work­ing of the a cap­pella part of Missy El­liott’s Get Ur Freak On, lay­ered over a bar­rage of dif­fer­ent beats, in­clud­ing Bey­oncé’s Crazy In Love, Jimi Hen­drix’s Pur­ple Haze and Big­gie Smalls’ Hyp­no­tize.

The last half of the mix delves into more elec­tronic ter­ri­tory, with de­tours into dub­step, some drum ’n’ bass and an elec­tro-fied Robin Thicke.

It fi­nally wraps up with an ap­pro­pri­ate flour­ish: the familiar horns of the Hockey Night In Canada theme song.

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