Last week’s winners came back for a showdown that would narrow down who Ambrosia’s Next Top DJ Contest winner will be. Because Ambrosia’s has the distinction of being Maui’s Best Bar by MauiTime reader polls, to make it this far into the competition was a huge honor for those four lucky survivors. They each had 30 minutes to rock the house with some phat beats while judges DJ AstroRaph, DJ Decka, and Jen Russo (from Maui Time Weekly) listened intently while enjoying some cocktails. They judged the DJs on music selection, ability to read the crowd, energy level, and versatility. Scoring was based on the judges scores combined with audience votes.
DJ Del Sol got the night started by announcing our first contestant for the evening, DJ Aaron Jae whose funky beats and excellent beat-matching skills went over well with with the crowd as well as the judges.
DJ La Rage rocked the 2nd set, playing a wide variety of music that got the audience up on the dance floor. Her high energy behind the decks got the audience pumped up and impressed the judges.
To round out the middle of the contest, DJ Chrest came onto the decks equipped with a laptop and an arsenal of tracks that were just what the crowd was looking for. He had the dance floor packed and really made use of his diverse list of tracks. His aggressive style took the judges by storm and he scored very well with both the judges and the audience.
To finish off the night DJ Mats stepped in and mixed vinyl with her own mixes from her laptop. Her high-energy music literally had the crowd jumping on the dance floor.
The competition was fierce and everyone who played did an amazing job, but it also made deciding who will advance to the final showdown this Friday night a difficult decision. But two DJs came out victorious and will live to fight another day.
I had a lot of fun out there, watching, listening, and photographing. The excitement that filled the entire lounge and dance floor was electrifying and definitely made the night so much fun to document. If you attended, then I don’t have to tell you how much fun it was. For those of you that didn’t, we’ll tell you the story of just how much fun this night was through the medium of pictures.
Make sure you come out this Friday night at Ambrosia’s in Kihei at 10PM for the final showdown of Ambrosia Maui’s Next Top DJ Contest.
Here are some photos from the night: