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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 07/ 1/2005

BYO Records

By Fritz Hahn

I have a love-hate relationship with open-turntable DJ nights. On one hand, they allow bedroom DJs (myself included) a chance to spin records they love and don't hear enough of in bars and clubs. (In my case, East London grime.)  They also democratize the city's packed DJ scene and open the door to non-mainstream sounds.

On the other hand, they allow bedroom DJs to take over the turntables for a specific period of time, stunning the crowd with a lack of beat-matching skills and oddball tastes. (In my case, East London grime.)

The latest anyone-can-DJ night is Wednesdays at Mantis, the underground lounge and dance club in Adams Morgan. All styles of music are welcome, though house is overwhelmingly favored. No experience is necessary, but at least one DJ has already scored a coveted Saturday night slot after turning in a stellar open turntable performance.

Music begins at 9, but DJs may want to show up earlier to sign up. (Last week, though, there were timeslots available when I showed up at 11:30.) Both turntables and CD players are available, but most DJs prefer vinyl. One more piece of advice: Bring your own cartridges/needles if you have them.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | July 1, 2005; 1:00 PM ET
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Does anyone know of a DC area equivalent to the New York based Scratch Academy or anywhere that one could get lessons on scratching and other DJ techniques?

Posted by: Arlington Wannabe | July 7, 2005 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If anyone reading this have taste that veer away from the mainstream, there are also some good DJ's appearing at Aroma in Cleveland Park across from the Uptown theater. Every Wednesday there is one of 4 different DJ's who all play something different. Thursday nights & the 2nd, 4th, & 5th Saturdays if there is one are held by the Heavy Up DJ's who play jazz, soul, funk, dance, hip hop, afrobeat, reggae, electro, & dub, but favour the more obscure rather than current or past mainstream classics. Then you have DJ Dredd on Fridays who has a following and always keeps the dancefloor moving. On the other Saturdays as well (1st & 3rd) you can hear the music that you won't be able to stop dancing to. Just a heads up for those that may not be aware. If there is a cover (usually Fridays & Saturdays) it is only $2. Hope to see you there.

Posted by: Joseph P. McRedmond | July 12, 2005 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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