They only have six minutes to save the world.Six minutes on the stand is all they have, which is just enough time for Brian Pelrine, AKA DJ IV. “It gives you a little room to breathe, go through your catalogue and show people as much as you can,” says Pelrine. The DMC Eliminations take place once a year in Halifax when local DJs battle it out to see who moves onto the finals, hoping to become the number-one DJ in Canada, and then on the planet.As the official DJ for east coast rapper Classified, Pelrine has participated in the competition every year since 2002. “You don’t get to see DJ events in Halifax that often, but when it does happen I find that the support is always there,” he says. He mentions that DJ Y-Rush and DJ Plae.Boi will likely be his biggest competition this year. “Y-Rush won the DMC in Moncton two years in a row and Plae.Boi is getting better every time we play together,” says Pelrine.But to Pelrine it’s not about winning, it’s about having a good time. “I’m not there to do anything for me. I’m there to entertain the people,” he says. Kevin Bryden, AKA DJ Y-Rush, says the competition is a test of time. “Judges will be looking for something that can last, originality and the crowd reaction.” A bit of everything is to be expected---there are a lot more than just hip-hop and electro fans out there. Bryden has been watching videos of previous contestants at the world finals. “A lot have been using their own records that they produced themselves and their own synthesizers that make everything sound very spacey and abstract---it’s awesome,” he says. Then Bryden accidentally knocks his empty bottle of Tropicana off of the table.“I’m supposed to be good with my hands,” he laughs.
Friday, June 20 at The Palace, 1721 Brunswick, 8pm (10pm start), $10 adv (Mary Janes, 1549 Grafton)/$15