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Crash the Decks: Drummer vs DJ Battle Exhibition
and are recognized for their virtuosic skills and improvisational style.
In addition to these pairs, there have been many other musicians and performers who have embraced the “Drummer vs DJ” concept, often in one-off duos that play sold-out shows at local clubs and events.
In March 2016, farESH Brand and Loyal Order co-hosted the first-ever Drummer vs DJ showcase at Spirit Lodge in Pittsburgh, PA. This event became the first in Spirit’s early history to reach capacity on a Sunday. Over the next two years, farESH Brand hosted this event 12 more times in Pittsburgh, while transforming it into a battle and expanding Drummer vs DJ into a year-long tournament that took place over four dates across 2018. DJ ADMC and Dylan Wood successfully defended their reign as champions (4x) and won the first-ever Drummer vs DJ Tournament in Spirit Hall. They decided to take a break hosting the battles in 2019 to regroup, revamp, and prepare for a 2020 return, which was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Between 2018 and 2023, farESH Brand ceased operations and closed its online shop. Co-founder Ryan “RB” Brown founded Make Sure You Have Fun™ in 2017, which absorbed the event concept, rebranded it and repackaged it. As the concept evolved into its entity, it deserved its own name beyond the widely recognized “Drummer vs DJ” moniker and adopted “Crash the Decks.”
In 2023, Make Sure You Have Fun™ will host the first Crash the Decks: Drummer vs DJ Battles under its new name in select cities while preparing for the 2024 Crash the Decks National Tournament.
Join us at Crash the Decks to experience an event you have missed dearly or a brand-new event that will leave you awestruck and convert you into a Crash the Decks enthusiast.
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the talented individuals who have participated in and contributed to shaping Crash the Decks: Drummer vs DJ Battle into the event that it is today. This includes some of Pittsburgh’s finest DJs and drummers, and we would like to give a special shout out to those who have made significant contributions, such as DJ Nugget, DJ Bamboo, Benji., Christo, Josh Williams, Shawn Klocek, Selecta, DJ Alex Rivera, Julz “Jimi Julz” Powell, Professor Asap, Preslav, Pete Butta, Throck, Loran Mann, Evan Meindl, Giuseppe Capolupo, DJ Red, EYEJAY, Jx4, Big Bacon, KEEB$, Cam Mariotti, Maestro, Carvis Fisher, Dennis Snyder, Gianni, Arie Cole, Ron Worthy, DJ Spillz, NateKodi, DJ Petey C, Dylan Wood, DJ ADMC, Slim Tha DJ, Seams, DJ SMI, Paul Keys, Joe Garner III, Blakk Steel, Kevin Munnerlyn, DJ Cake, Kole Brown, J-Spin, Neal Yakopin, Deesus, Make It Nasty, Dr. Drummond, Allen-Mychael Jackson and all of the talented musicians and MCs that graced the stage.
We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Spirit and their amazing staff for hosting this event over the years, with a special shout out to Warren Pryde. Additionally, we would like to express our appreciation to Carvis Fisher and N Stuff Music for assisting with the backline over several shows and to Sarah Kochin, Brian Tolbert, DeVaughn Robinson and Josh Snider for their support with logistics, strategy and merchandising. Thank you for helping if you weren’t mentioned above. All of the contributions small and large have helped get us here.
Finally, we would like to thank the city of Pittsburgh for believing in this concept and supporting it over the years. Crash the Decks has been our highest-requested event and we are thrilled to bring it back in this format. Once again, thank you to everyone who has contributed to making this event a success!