The current DMC Online battle is in full swing at the moment and I know a few people that are in it so I've been following what's going on with it. Spots 1-3 are decided by public votes, while spots 4-10 are decided by judges. There's some really good prizes at stake for the top 3. The top prize is over £4,000 worth of DJ gear for instance.
Check out this guy's video. He has over 600 votes at the time of writing this: -
I'm no battle DJ, but I reckon even I could beat him (no offence to him if he ever reads this, but I'm just trying to be honest about this shit).
Now check out this video, which has just over 200 votes: -
Mighty Atom (the guy in that second vid) is a member of my site, but I should add that he has not said anything about this comp other than to post his video for people to watch. He's not complained about the voting system, nor has he commented on that other guy's video.
Clearly, if you know anything about turntablism there is no fucking way on Earth that you would put video 1 ahead of video 2, yet because of the public voting system, video 1 has 3 times as many votes as video 2.
Here's what Tony Prince (the head of DMC) said about the comp yesterday: -
And a few people responded to this, pointing out that UK and US DJs aren't placing not because they are not of a high enough standard, but because of the flawed voting system. Here's Tony Prince's response to that criticism: -Originally Posted by Tony Prince
Obviously, we all know what bullshit these "who has the most friends on Facebook" comps are, but what pisses me off here are 2 things: -Originally Posted by Tony Prince
1. If you're going to have judges, why not let them choose the top 3, instead of positions 4-10? Let the public vote decide 4-10, then DMC still gets all the free promo from the DJs posting on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc. but the prizes have a far greater chance of going to those that deserve them the most.
2. Tony Prince's attitude. Of course the prizes are a motivation! There's some really high end gear up for grabs, but the solution isn't to get all butthurt and say "oh, perhaps we should just get rid of the prizes next year then??". Why not focus on the constructive criticism given to you by some of the DJs that are both supporting DMC Online and entering it??