7 most iconic DJ routines in turntablism history

Phase team

Published on

June 6, 2024

Ever witnessed a DJ routine that made you think, "Wow, the game will never be the same"? Our team attempted to narrow it down to 7 performances that blew us away.

It was tough, and we're still debating! 😜

Check it out and let us know in the comments what we missed!

1. DJ David’s DMC World 1991 routine

This routine is bound to go down in history as the most spectacular DJ performance ever.

From balancing the turntable on cans to mind-blowing reverse beat juggling, topped off with an epic breakdancing finale on his turntable - it's got it all!


2. DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Peter Piper” routine

Easily one of the most renowned DJ routines ever.

Jazzy Jeff, a turntablism pioneer, is credited as one of the first DJs to incorporate the transform scratch into his performances.

This iconic routine was revisited for Serato in 2015, preserving its legendary status for the next generation.

3. Craze x Traktor collab routine

Choosing just one DJ Craze routine is a challenge—many of them could easily make the cut for this list! Originally released as an advertisement for Traktor in 2011, this routine was incredibly ahead of its time, full of futuristic and modern vibe that has solidified its status as a legend for generations to come.

4. DJ Tigerstyle’s freestyle scratch

Though it's more niche and less known, this routine has inspired thousands of scratchers worldwide.

It's a testament to how you can mix top-tier scratch techniques and musicality in one extremely explosive routine. Recently, it was honored by the Japanese prodigy DJ Rena, who made his take on the freestyle.

5. Invisibl Skratch Picklz vs X-men battle

When the most iconic DJ crews of the turntablism history face off in an epic showdown, it's destined for the history books! This battle is a true homage to the pursuit of technical perfection (to the expense of musicality, some would say 😜

6. The world's biggest scratch circle by Red Bull

Back in 2016, Red Bull gathered 40 DJ legends under one roof to create a routine together in record time. Whether we like this concept or not, we must admit that the result is worth checking out!

7. DJ Kentaro’s DMC World 2001 routine

Considered one of the most innovative DMC routines of all time, we're still amazed at Kentaro's creative genius. He's perhaps one of the few DJs who can craft a musical masterpiece without his needles not even touching the vinyl groove!

Bonus choice of the team: Jon1st DMC Online 2013 winning routine

While ranking DMC routines is nearly impossible, we couldn't overlook Jon1st's incredible performance in 2013. He truly left his mark on a new generation of DJs with this ultra-modern routine, especially for its time!

Now that you've seen our selections, it's your turn to share which other routines you believe should be part of turntablism history. Drop your suggestions in the comments below!

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