A local DJ has brought Dayton funk to the Red Bull Thre3style National Finals.
Clayton's Bryan Coogan AKA "DJ Spare Change" is among 12 turntablists in Phoenix in the three-day contest through tomorrow night.
A panel that includes DJ Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip and 2012 Red Bull Thre3style World Champion Four Color Zack. are judging competitors on technicality, originality, skill, creativity, crowd engagement and stage presence. The winner will advance to the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals in Tokyo this September.
Coogan grew up idolizing DJs like Grandmaster Flash.
He called DJ-ing an art form that is about more than just playing songs.
It is about "taking different pieces of music and creating a completely different composition," Coogan said.
Before last night's contest, the 1997 Wayne High School graduate said he planned to incorporate Dayton Funk into his routine for the Red Bull competition.
"I think that it is important to show where you are from a little bit and that style of music gets overlooked," he said.
Terry Troutman, who formed Zapp with his brothers Roger, Larry and Lester in 1975, has recorded on the talkbox for Coogan, a Children's Medical Center employee.
Coogan has been participating in Dj-ing competitons 13 years.
Hundreds of DJs applied for the Red Bull contests. They were narrowed down to 12 finalists. Coogan won the contest in a qualifying round in Indianapolis. It was the first time he competed.
"It (being in the competition) is kind of like verification for me that I put in the effort," he said. "I was able to get my skill level to a place where I can compete with the top people in the United States."