Heineken Music kicked off a four day search for Cayman’s top DJ’s, last Wednesday, 17 September at Next Level Nightclub, with the return of Heineken Green Synergy 2008.
Grabbing the attention of all music lovers, local Heineken Distributors – Jacques Scott & Company and event organizers Monster Media developed a concept which combined various genres of music over three nights, with one competitor from each night advancing to the finals on the fourth night, Saturday 20 September.
The competition saw DJs skilled in dancehall, reggae, soca, merengue, salsa, bachata and reggaeton to pop, house, hip hop and rhythm & blues compete for a place in Saturday’s final. But it was Edrick Vernon a.k.a. ‘DJ Fross’ Wednesday night’s winner at Enter the Dancehall, Immer Carter ‘DJ Carter’ Thursday night’s winner at The Latin Invasion and Ajit Saxena ‘DJ XS’ Friday night’s winner at Global Frequency’s who earned their spots.
‘Each year we try to grow the event in terms of crowd size as well as the number of competitors who take part,’ Findlay Wilson, Heineken Brand Manager for Jacques Scott & Company, said. ‘With the nights tailored to different styles of music we were able to get new talented DJs and their followers involved.’
The dance floor of Next Level Night club was packed on Saturday night as the three competitors stepped up to compete for a place in the group finals in Jamaica, scheduled to be held Saturday, 11 October. Last year’s competition winner Super C opened this year’s finals with a set before the competitors hit the stage. 21-year-old DJ Fross was the first to show his skills opening his set with the bold statement ‘My name is DJ Fross and I am going to be this year’s winner, so I want you all to have a good time.’ Playing reggae and crossing over into popular dancehall favourites Fross held his own; unfortunately towards the end of his set he fell into some technical problems but managed to come back with a closing finale.
DJ Carter added some Latin flavour to Green Synergy this year with his diverse set of Merengue, Bachata Reggae and Soca. But it was Next Level and Vibe 98.9’s resident DJ; DJ XS who set the dance floor on fire. Known for his love of Hip Hop and R&B classics, XS proved that his skills stretch over into every music genre giving the packed dance floor a high energy set which crossed over from Hip Hop favorites to Reggae, Soca and even a touch of Alternative classics such as Oasis. Accompanied by a male Hip Hop dancer, XS impressed the judges – DJ Jazzy B, Operator TNT and Cayman dancer Troy – enough to land him a spot in the group finals.
Speaking to his fellow competitors DJ XS commended their efforts by saying; ‘My father always told me is it better to try and not succeed, than to never try at all. Thank you for this opportunity and I can’t wait to get to the regional competition.’
Mr. Wilson added; ‘I would like to thank all of the DJs who competed in this year’s event and I wish DJ XS well for the regional finals in Jamaica.’