Hartford, CT - In a time when industry rappers are polluting the air waves with lies like, “real hip hop is dead” and using nursery rhymes as their hooks. True hip hop fans must indulge in underground battles and MC showcases to feed their craving of music.
Not until Turntable Madness has there been a real "b-boy" like environment for hip hop heads in the Hartford area to find an escape. But now thanks to the creative genius of two of Hartford’s most lovely promoters Vanessa Jennings and Qiana Coachman, that need has now been filled.
Turntable Madness lives up to it's name as "The Ultimate DJ Showcase". Walking up the stairs of UpOr On TheRocks the anticipation was already building from the booming sounds of 80’s hip hop spun by the Legendary DJ Showtime. The vibrations streaming from out of the speakers had everybody swaying and all heads bopping. Break dancers started to clear the floor and before you knew it there was someone spinning on their head; the scene instantly placed you in the middle of a modern day b-boy fest.
Each DJ was able to be true to themselves and their style of spinning. Miz Eyesis used vinyls while others used C-DJ’s. The diverse mixture of sounds spun by each DJ created an eclectic atmosphere for lovers of all genres of music. The event embodied the true essence of hip hop, reminiscent of the days of Run DMC kicking in the door with Aerosmith mixing rap and rock for the first time.
When I asked, how did two sophisticated women like themselves came up with the idea to showcase DJ’s their answer was, “There are so many showcases out there for artists and there is always a DJ at the showcase. Clubs are always promoting who the DJ is to get people to come out; but they are never promoting the DJ. We felt it was time to make the DJ the star!”
"The Ultimate DJ Showcase" allows the DJ’s to show their raw skills to the audience without having to share the stage with an artist. This helps them to build their own fan base. Vanessa and Qiana also ensure to invite club owners and promoters to hear the DJ’s so that they get the attention of people who can offer them work if they want to use them in their club or event. Vanessa says, "The DJ's have also started to create networks amongst themselves, performing at the showcase some of them have become friends and started working together."
Their unique idea has been a big hit. June 30th marked the 6th showcase the ladies have put on. In this short amount of time they have been able to expose about 60 DJ’s averaging 8 to 10 per event. Some of the DJ’s who have blessed the stage have been; Fire and Ice, DJ El and AJ Scratch, DJ Cribb, Juice Jonze, DJ Nene and DJ Solo. The event is even hosted by DJ’s, Spotlite Entertainment’s DJ MG, DJ Trixx and Frank Nitty.
Paparazzi is everywhere, these DJ’s must travel with press because all you see is photographers, flashing lights and cameras in your face. The event is attracting attention from all media outlets. They have even been able to pick up some major sponsors. Timefrozen Photography and Evfx Studios are always in the building. Other sponsors are Red Stripe Light, Salvins Shoes in Hartford and Sam Ash Music Store in New Haven.
Vanessa and Qiana are always looking for new talent. All DJ’s interested in being a part of the showcase must contact Star Status Entertainment through firstname.lastname@example.org, express the type of music you spin and preferably send a sample of it. The showcase caters to all kinds of music and they are looking for more female DJ’s! So tell a friend to tell a friend. For more updates and details about the event befriend Turntable Madness on Facebook.
Below check out video from Evfx Studios of Turntable Madness part 5 and photos from Timefrozen Photography.