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A-Trak was 13 when he took his bar mitzvah money and bought himself some turntables and a mixer. He practiced for about 18 hours a day, and two years later the Montreal native was crowned DMC World Champion and invited to be an honorary member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. When that crew disbanded, he and Miami’s DJ Craze joined forces as the front men of a new collective, the Allies. In the years that followed, A-Trak went on to win the 1999 & 2000 ITF World Championships, the 1999 Vestax World Extravaganza and the 2000 DMC Team Championships (with Craze). On top of being the youngest world champion, this made him the first DJ ever to win all three major titles (DMC, ITF and Vestax) and the first DJ to win five world championships. At the age of 18, Young Trizzle decided it was time to retire from battling.

In the turntablist scene, A-Trak established himself as ‘the DJ’s DJ’, building groundbreaking routines that managed to push the envelope technically while remaining appealing to the untrained ear. He developed a revolutionary notation system, which allowed him to write scores of scratch patterns and solos. And his DJ battle records quickly became cult favorites, used and abused in competitions around the globe. From 1998 on, he toured constantly across the world. In the summer of 2004, Kanye West caught A-Trak performing at a record store in London and quickly invited him to become his DJ. He has been Kanye’s official DJ ever since.

With his brother Dave 1 of Chromeo, he formed the indie hip hop label Audio Research in 1997 which built a steady reputation for putting out critically acclaimed vinyl releases. In March 2006 A-Trak released the DVD “Sunglasses Is A Must”, the long-awaited tell-all biopic about turntablism’s boy wonder. After 10 years in the game, they decided to shut down Audio Research in 2007. But in co-operation with Nick Catchdubs he founded a new label, Fool’s Gold. Lately he’s been putting more emphasis on production, doing official remixes and producing some of Kid Sister’s tracks, among others. He also got a solo album in the works, due out next year.

Fabulous Fall Top 10:

01. MGMT – Kids (Soulwax Remix) (Columbia)
02. Kanye West – Love Lockdown (Def Jam)
03. Patrice Baumel – Roar (Get Physical)
04. ZZT – The Worm (Turbo Recordings)
05. His Majesty André – Hold Tight (Cheap Thrills)
06. Nari & Milani pres. Dek 32 – Gnor (Peaktime)
07. Laurent Wolf – The Crow (Darkness)
08. Jim Jones & Ron Browz feat. Juelz Santana – Pop Champagne (Columbia)
09. Housemeister – What You Want (Siriusmo Remix) (Allyoucanbeat)
10. Skepta – Sweet Mother (House Version) (-)

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