Selecta Russian claims 2022 Stoli DJ title

The Grand Bahamian commanded the crowd’s attention with a bold and unexpected remix of Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It.” His set consisted of comical dubs, and of both popular and nostalgic songs across the seven specified genres enroute to being named the 2022-2023 Stoli DJ and ambassador.

The six-week competition kicked off with 18 contestants vying for the opportunity to shake up the airwaves with a one-year internship with 103.5 The Beat, win a Serato DJ mixer, courtesy of Stolichnaya; and the title of an official Stoli DJ and ambassador.

DJ Lil Bones finished second. DJ Tayo was third in the competition sponsored by Commonwealth Brewery Ltd. (CBL) with Digi Print and 103.5 The Beat.

From left are Kenyoka Gibson, brand representative, Wines and Spirits at CBL; Dion Da Butcher, DJ Redz, DJ Tayo, third place winner; Selecta Russian, first place winner; DJ Lil Bones, second place winner; Mo Glinton, competition host and radio personality at 103.5 The Beat; and Densil Deveaux, senior portfolio manager, Wines and Spirits at CBL.

During the elimination rounds, 103.5 The Beat dubbed Monday – Thursday, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. the Stoli Hour and encouraged listeners to tune in and vote for their favorite contestant. Each deejay had an opportunity to show their range and creativity by incorporating a variety of genres in their sets. After weeks of competing, Martayo Storr, DJ Tayo; Torrien Farrington Jr., DJ Lil Bones and Rashaun Laing, Selecta Russian secured their spots as the finalists.

DJ Tayo kept the crowd on a consistent rise and ended his 20-minute set with an impressive display of his juggling skills. DJ Lil Bones, Stoli DJ competition two-time finalist, did not disappoint. He ended the evening on a positive note with Black Eyed Peas’ popular song, “I Got a Feeling.”

After a short deliberation by the judging panel that included Densil Deveaux, senior portfolio manager – Wines and Spirits at CBL; DJ Redz, resident deejay at More 94 and Dion Da Butcher, veteran DJ, Selecta Russian was named the winner.

“This year’s competition was a tight call,” said Deveaux. “The contestants gave it their all and came with their eyes on the prize. Each deejay brought something special to the competition and proved that during the finale. The sets were creative, the deejays were entertaining, and the crowd was engaged.”

He said next year they hope to extend the competition to the Family Islands and following that, hope that the regional finals would return so that their DJ ambassador would be able to compete with DJs from around the region.

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