So You Think You Can DJ? Tampa Bay area competition seeks local DJ talent


  • All Contestants Must be 21+

  • Contestants can be all genders and have any style of music, style and look. This contest is about skill, popularity with the crowd and ability to think on your feet, work the crowd and win over the Judges.

  • SLG Employees are ineligible for this contest, but they may vote.

  • Anyone can join -- professional working djs and amatuer bedroom djs alike!

CLICK HERE to register. Registration takes place between July 5-23; interested participants need to upload a bio, photo and a 5-10 minute mix of music.


Open voting takes place July 26-30, and friends, families and fans are encouraged to vote as many times as they can. The votes will be tallied up on July 30; the top 16 advance to the competition stage.


The Sweet Sixteen

Sunday August 1, The Kennedy

16 DJ's will be selected by judges & fans and battle head-to-head

Each DJ will have 5-10 minutes to impress the judges and crowd with a mix of their choosing.

Bring your "A" Game & Bring your Friends - 8 DJs will be eliminated!

The other 8 move on to the Quarter Finals and win some cool stuff.

Quarter Finals

Every Sunday, August 8-29, The Kennedy

Head-to-Head: Each week, two competitors will battle it out in 30 minute sets.

Spin the Wheel: Each DJ will spin the wheel to determine the three types of genre's that must appear in their 30-minute set.

Work the Crowd: Pack the floor, impress the judges & win!

The Perks: A VIP Table & Bottle for you and 8 peeps

The Prize: $100 Cash, Free Music Downloads & Red Bull Swag

Who Moves On?: Four hot DJs that packed the joint and the dance floor


Sunday, September 5 and 12, The Kennedy

Head-to-Head: Each week, two competitors will battle it out in 30 minute sets.

Spin the Wheel: No way we are making it THAT easy...

In the second round, the genre's will get switched...

and we'll have a few surprises too!

Pack the House: Contestants need to bring their best set - and their friends!

The Perks: A VIP Table & Bottle for you and 8 peeps

Bigger Prize: $250 Cash, Red Bull Swag AND Kick ass sponsor gifts

Who Moves On?: Only Two will remain standing for the final showdown on Sunday September 19th


Sunday September 19th @ The Kennedy

The Final Two square off to see who is the best dj

The Prize: The Grand Prize winner gets a CD release party at the Kennedy, $100 Beatport Music downloads, and an all expense paid trip to the Red Bull Freestyle Contest (location tbd).

$100 Beatport music downloads

$50 Jamvana music downloads

Contest Dates

Open Registration

Monday, July 5-Friday, July 23

Fan Vote / Judge Selection

Monday, July 26-Friday, July 30

Sixteen Showdown

Sunday, August 1

16 Competitors have 5 minutes to showcase talent. Eight will be eliminated.

Quarter Final 1

Sunday August 8th

DJ #1 vs DJ #2

Quarter Final 2

Sunday, August 15

DJ #3 vs DJ #4

Quarter Final 3

Sunday, August 22

DJ #5 vs DJ #6

Quarter Final 4

Sunday, August 29

DJ #7 vs DJ #8

Semi Final 1

Sunday, September 5

DJ #1 vs DJ #2

Semi Final 2

Sunday, September 12

DJ #3 vs DJ #4

Final Showdown

Sunday, September 19

DJ #1 vs DJ #2

Crown Champion Party

Sunday, September 26

DJ Showcase & CD Party Giveaway

Visit the official website for more info.

A new Bay area contest modeled after all those music-related TV reality shows, So You Think You Can DJ is the latest local search for the hottest talent in town — those who know just what to spin to get bodies on the floor. The winner gets crowned as Tampa's Best DJ along with a guest DJ residency at The Kennedy, a fatty TBA cash prize, $100 in Beatport music downloads, $50 in Jamvana music downloads, and the biggie: an all-expense paid trip and the chance to compete in the Red Bull National Thre3Style DJ Competition in Denver this October.

Basically, So You Think You Can DJ is an open competition designed to promote, expose and spotlight Tampa's best DJ talent, from up-and-coming novices to veteran professionals. Local folks get the opportunity to select their favorites during an open voting from July 26 through July 30, with the top 16 advancing to the competition.

Rules, registration, and further details after the jump.

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