TTA|ONE started his DJ career at the age of 13 after he saw DJ Cheese win the DMC World DJ Finals on the local TV station.
His first set of turntables was a pair of Technics 1210 MKII which he bought from earning money delivering morning papers before school every single day for 1 year.
He was in his first DMC battle, DMC Danish DJ Battle (DM i Mix), at the age of 14 and competed for several years achieving a #4 spot as highest placement.
He is the DJ in Denmark who has competed most years at the Danish DMC DJ battle and stopped his Battle DJ career in 2015.
TTA|ONE is still active in the DMC battle, but as Stage Manager.
The DJ career spans over 30 years and includes different type of gigs from mobile set-ups, Corporate events to resident Club DJ.
Today, TTA|ONE spends most of his time making mix-tapes, but has a plan of starting to produce tracks again as he did 20 years ago.
Be sure to listen to the mix-tapes.
What is Turntablism
Turntablism as a modern art form and musical practice has its roots within African-American inner city hip hop and hip hop culture of the late 1970s. Kool DJ Herc (a Jamaican DJ who immigrated to New York City), Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash are widely credited for having cemented the now established role of DJ as hip hop's foremost instrumentalist. Kool Herc's invention of break-beat DJing is generally regarded as the foundational development in hip hop history, as it gave rise to all other elements of the genre. His influence on the concept of "DJ as turntablist" is equally profound.
To understand the significance of this achievement, it is important to first define the "break." Briefly, the "break" of a song is a musical fragment only seconds in length, which typically takes the form of an "interlude" in which all or most of the music stops except for the percussion.
Kool Herc introduced the break-beat technique as a way of extending the break indefinitely. This is done by buying two of the same record, finding the break on each record, and switching from one to the other using the DJ mixer: e.g., as record A plays, the DJ quickly backtracks to the same break on record B, which will again take the place of A at a specific moment where the audience will not notice that the DJ has switched records.
Today a new term called "Portablism" has emerged as portable turntables has been very popular.
Grand Wizzard Theodore, an apprentice of Flash, who accidentally isolated the most recognizable technique of turntablism: scratching. He put his hand on a record one day, to silence the music on the turntable while his mother was calling out to him and thus accidentally discovered the sound of scratching by moving the record back and forth under the stylus. Though Theodore discovered scratching, it was Flash who helped push the early concept and showcase it to the public, in his live shows and on recordings.
DJ Grand Mixer DXT is also credited with furthering the concept of scratching by practicing the rhythmic scratching of a record on one or more turntables (often two), using different velocities to alter the pitch of the note or sound on the recording (Alberts 2002). DXT appeared (as DST) on Herbie Hancock's hit song "Rockit."
These early pioneers cemented the fundamental practice that would later become the emerging turntablist art form. Scratching would during the 1980s become a staple of hip hop music, being used by producers and DJs on records and in live shows. By the end of the 1980s it was very common to hear scratching on a record, generally as part of the chorus of a track or within its production.