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We are excited to present SWITCH, our first Arizona House DJ competition in the historic and legendary Wasted Grain in old town Scottsdale. The event will take place Wednesday, March 15, 2023 from 8p to 12a. Five chosen DJs will get a chance to perform in front of judges and a live audience who will determine who wins the grand prize of $1,500. There will be other cash and prizes for the contestants including an opportunity at a paid set at a local club, some sponsored swag, and more. Also look for interesting art installations and light shows during the event. The venue will have a full bar and kitchen during the event.

Currently Reviewing Submissions

The entry deadline was 1/31/23. We have received an amazing turnout of entries we are currently reviewing. If you did not enter the contest, but want to receive an email when the announcement is made, be sure to subscribe at the bottom of the page. For anyone interested, these are the current contest rules.

Tickets

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VIP Experience

In addition to the main event there will be a VIP experience inside the new Old Town Ski Lodge behind Wasted Grain. The VIP party will be from 8p to 9p and in addition to a free event cocktail, and a small swag bag, you get an opportunity to meet and take pictures with our 5 contestants and judges.

Wasted Grain

We’re so excited to be hosting our first event at the historic Wasted Grain in Old Town Scottsdale, just blocks from the District. With a main bar that includes a stage that is open to the sidewalk and VIP seating, this location also includes a private patio that leads up to a unique lounge experience with the feel of being at a mountain ski lodge where the VIP party will take place.

We’re also excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community by donating a portion of bar sales and VIP tickets to Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers.

The Rock Teen Center inspires teens (12-20) to grow through music, dance and art. We provide vocational training in sound and recording, lighting and staging, video production, as well as a computer lab and a cool, supervised facility for the teens to engage with their peers. In a time where public schools are cutting funding for empowering programs like music, dance and art, The Rock cultivates a love of the arts to inspire and challenge teens to embrace artistic excellence and reach their full potential.

Meet some people from the organization and have chances to make donations at the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the cash and prizes?2023-01-02T14:52:45-07:00

The person who wins the competition will be awarded the following:

  • $1,500 Grand Prize
  • A Trophy
  • Limited Edition T-shirt and Hat
  • Sponsored Gifts
  • Automatic entry into the next House Competition

The two runner ups will be awarded:

  • A Trophy
  • Limited Edition T-shirt and Hat
  • Sponsored Gifts

The remaining finalists will be awarded:

  • A Trophy
  • Limited Edition T-shirt and Hat
  • Sponsored Gifts
What do you mean by house music?2023-01-02T14:52:38-07:00

House music is a broad genre of electronic dance music that has many sub-genres, such as deep house, techno, and funky house. In the SWITCH DJ competition, contestants are free to choose any music within the house music genre that they love the most, regardless of the specific sub-genre. This means that contestants can showcase their unique style and preferences within the broader house music genre.

Will equipment be provided for the competitors?2023-01-20T16:50:22-07:00

We will provide:

  • A CDJ 2000/Nexus mixer system will be available, let us know about extra equipment in submission form
  • Microphone
  • Speaker System
  • Lighting

DJ’s will bring

  • Headphones
  • USB stick -or-
  • Laptop that is already setup to work with a CDJ system
How much will tickets cost?2023-01-02T14:51:05-07:00

Our GA tickets will be $25 per person for the event from 9p to 12.30p

The VIP experience will be $125 from 8p to 9p and will include a GA ticket

How will you pick the winner?2023-01-02T14:48:21-07:00

We will have a panel of judges who will be scoring across several categories including:

  • Presence
  • Music selection
  • Originality
  • Technical skill
  • Crowd engagement

The audience will also get a chance to vote on their favorites by scanning the QR code on their wristbands and around the event that will take them to an area to place their votes. Once the voting period timer is up, the winners will be calculated automatically and we will announce the winners after a short break following the last set.

How does the competition work?2023-01-20T16:54:49-07:00
  • We select the best 5 DJs that entered the competition based on set submitted
  • Those 5 DJs will perform 30 minute sets back to back, including the ability to mix in from the previous DJ’s (challenging) loop of their choice with a panel of judges scoring performances
  • The audience will also be able to vote as well through a visible QR code website
  • At the end of the sets, we’ll determine the winner based on score and have a quick ceremony
  • The winning DJ will do the closing set for the evening
Will there be a VIP experience?2023-01-02T15:03:51-07:00

There will be a limited number of VIP tickets that will sell for $125 per person and will include:

  • Private VIP reception from 8p to 9p in the brand new Old Town Ski Lodge attached to Wasted Grain
  • 1 free drink
  • Meet and greet with judges and contestants
  • VIP seating area for the main event
  • Sponsor Swag Bag
Where is Wasted Grain?2023-01-02T15:29:10-07:00

Wasted Grain is located in old town Scottsdale at 7295 E Stetson Dr, in Scottsdale about 2 blocks east of Scottsdale Blvd near the Entertainment District. There is street parking around the entire neighborhood, and a parking lot just 3 blocks east of the building on Stetson.

Parking and Transportation to Wasted Grain?2023-01-02T15:32:31-07:00

There are plenty of ways to arrive

  • Of course we always recommend Rideshare or designated drivers as the best way to arrive and get home after the event
  • If you are driving, there is street parking around the venue, but also there is a lot about 3 blocks east on Stetson
  • If at any point you need help getting home or get stuck, please let us know at the event so we can help you out
Why is this on a school night?2023-01-24T09:19:49-07:00

We’re hosting this event on a Wednesday night since we know many DJs are working Friday and Saturday nights and wanted to make this open to as many as possible. We can provide fake notes for being late to work the next day as needed!

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