One of Golden’s own will be competing among some of the best DJs in the world at the Red Bull Thre3style competition in Calgary.
DJ Wakcutt, or Ian Wackett, is competing in the world renowned competition for the second time in his life, and has already won the regional qualifier that took place in Edmonton a few weeks ago.
Competitors are judged on the dual platforms of technical ability and and crowd reaction within their 15-minute window of opportunity.
“I guess I started by just collecting records when I was a kid,” said Wackett, who has been DJing since 1995. “I think that’s just the logical progression, from loving records to starting to create on your own.”
The self-taught DJ has been living in Golden since 1997, and made the conscious decision to stay even though there may have been better career opportunities elsewhere.
His career is still going strong, however, as he spends much of his year on tour.
And although competitions are certainly not Wackett’s focal point (he describes them as “just another day at the office”), he is happy to be performing in Calgary in front of lots of family and friends.
The Canadian National Final, where Wackett will compete against seven other finalists, is in Calgary on Oct. 6, After that, the world finals (including competitors from 24 countries) will take place at various locations in Toronto in early November.
You can follow Wackett on Twitter or Instagram at @wakcutt, or download his music for free at www.soundcloud.com/wakcutt.