The Tyrol is the heart of the Alps. Many who know the region can confirm its abundance of talent in alpine disciplines. However, it remains a mystery to skeptics how the urban street culture of hip hop fits into the snowy Tyrolean Oberland. But as long as there’s an exception to the rule, those who seek hip hop culture in the Tyrol will find it – in the form of Chrisfader and Testa.
Both young DJs and turntablists are leading figures in Austria the field of technical artistry working with vinyl. They have proven this in numerous competitions, claiming the title for the Tyrol in the categories Advancement Class, Beat Juggling, and in Team competitions. Also, they dominated the ITF competitions from 2003 thru 2006. Internationally, they were able to prove their world-class niveau when they made 4th place in the European Finals in 2006. Chrisfader and Testa’s success marked Austria’s first appearances on the international turntablist stages – in cities such as Prague, Stuttgart, or Dublin.
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