Two weeks ago, Cucitrone was on a Brooklyn stage in front of Alison Wonderland, Armand Van Helden, Busy P (Ed Banger Records), DJ Craze, Just Blaze, Take a Daytrip (producers of Sheck Wes' "Mo Bamba"), Kittens, and Uniiqu3. He was one of eight DJs chosen from around the world to participate in the third annual Goldie Awards, a DJ and beat battle. Wonderland and the rest were judging, in addition to A-Trak, Denzel Curry, and YehMe2 hosting the event.
“Needless to say, it was very nerve-wracking and hard to stay calm enough to perform in front of not only an audience of my peers but some of my greatest heroes and well-known names in the industry,” says Cucitrone.
But Cucitrone managed to stay calm, showcasing his superior skills and eventually being crowned the 2019 Goldie Awards winner.
“Trying to focus on the performance and get into a competitive mindset is half the battle,” says Cucitrone. “It felt like time was speeding up and slowing down all at once.”
For the first round of the Goldie Awards, each finalist had the opportunity to impress judges with a five-minute set. From there, the judges chose their two favorites to advance to the next round. Cucitrone and DJ Beastmode (Australia) received the most votes and then participated in a head-to-head battle consisting of two, two minute sets each. DJ Beastmode started out the head-to-head, the two performed their routines, and the judges went backstage to deliberate and select the winner.
“They were gone for about 10-15 minutes before returning to the stage,” says Cucitrone, “where I was announced as the 2019 Goldie Awards DJ Battle Champion. … To be honest I still can't believe it. I think it will take some time before it really sets in.”
“I set out to compete in battles a few years ago and have always made it a top goal to win on the world stage,” says Cucitrone. “To be able to bring this home for not only me but also for the city of Pittsburgh is a dream come true. In my travels, I have come to realize that Pittsburgh is more often than not [overlooked] when it comes to DJs, producers, artists, nightlife, and DJ culture in general. The truth is that we have an abundance of talent in this city and I feel very grateful that I can help shine some light on us, even if it's just a small amount. Pittsburgh needs to be heard.”
For now, his plan to enjoy his Goldie Awards-winning title and spend time with his wife, family, and friends. And he can still be found every weekend at Belvedere's in Lawrenceville, as well as guest DJ appearances around the city.
“This community and culture has changed my life in so many ways," says Cucitrone. I look forward to continuing my journey and dedicating my life to it.”