What is the Scratch B?tch? Bojo likes to call it the infamous third turntable. .:Feb 22 09:.
I started giggin with DJ Bojo in San Diego I believe around 1994 or
1995. We used to roll with this cat named Big Mike from Encinitas.
The guy had a real good golden age record collection. Big Mike
actually from what I understand is a doctor now. I think he has way
more important things to do than play with records i.e. like saving
lives. Long story short, we all loved to scratch, but we also did
gigs. I believe around that time Chris Soto started rolling with us
too. I don't know who came up with the idea but we started always
bringing a third table with us whenever we had a gig. The supposed
purpose was to have a guy scratch over instrumentals or breaks so our
mixes wouldn't be boring. I must admit, at times people didn't follow
the rule even myself. I mean at times it would be absurd, constant
scratching over words, lyrics, vocals. Eventually it just got out of
hand. I mean, we SERIOUSLY brought the third table to every single gig
we did, weddings, house parties, bars, family gigs. Before each gig it
would always come up whether we were bringing the third turntable this
time just because many times it became a distraction and 100% chance
that some dude who couldn't even scratch would ask to scratch and we
would have to hear some sucky scratching (that's what we called
scratching we couldn't stand). I really think the third table played
an important role in the creation what was then Turntable Lounge.
Through Turntable Lounge, I have to say we've had some pretty dope djs
play the Scratch B role and I have to say, I think Bojo would agree
that we are all honored to have met the people we did because of that
third turntable. One guy in particular who used to go wild was
Jo_iLL. I mean throughout the years we had guys like Smally Bigs (aka
Small Wonder), DJ Slyed, Bille Knight, Happee, Dinoh, R-Type, Tanner,
Bob One, Willow, Deehoz, Hektik, Jecs, Mane One, II Smooth and many
many more that I can't even remember. I know Bojo and Jo_iLL can add
more to that list that I can't remember and more to the list after I
stopped coming out. We had joked about putting out a free tribute
shirt of every DJ that scratched with us. I mean if I remember right
the list would have been pretty deep. The dope thing about it was that
it wasn't a competition, ego or anything, it really was guys who loved
to scratch to music and make it sound good, again, there were many
instances of Scratch B abuse, maybe a better way to describe it is that
heads just got carried away.
In any event, I bring this up because I think it's a lost art these days. I went to the Souls of Mischief show to see Gaveegav play between acts and while he was up there, I thought to myself that it would be dope if he had a scratch B. Especially at a live show it would've been dope to hear some tasteful, appropriate scratches between transitions. I brought it up to Gav at the show but I don't think he knew what I was talking about. When I told him he needed a scratch B he looked confused and looked all butt hurt as if I was dissing his scratch skills. I might put his scratching in the "sucky scratching" (j/k or am i???) category but I wasn't trying to diss, so I figured I blog about it. Maybe someone can bring it back and do it right this time. Here are some old pics I found of some of us playing the Scratch B role for Joel and a couple of randoms.
Hektik and Happee
Hektik and Psi Kick
- DJ Argonaut
Rope A Dope .:Feb 17 09:.
It was my first time entering a Battle. Kleenhouse clothing threw a bboy/graf battle at Alliance MMA gym in Chula Vista last year. The battle had different catagories, so i entered the character category.
The characters are based on my Dad and my Nephew. My Pops used to box a lot in the Phillipines and also while in the Navy. He is constantly messin' around with my nephew, pretending to play fight with him, so I wanted to show my respect for both of them. Also I thought that since we were painting at an MMA gym, that it'd be fitting to paint something relating to boxing or fighting.
The quote is from the intro song on Common's "Be" album, one of my favorite lines from the album. I believe its a line that dads should teach their kids, too! My interpretation of that line is
that we shouldn't run with fear from our enemies and/or problems. Although, we should walk away from unnecessary battles with strength and our heads held up high.
Photo Credit: Mike Herana (LaFotoNostra, Armory)
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT! .:Feb 12 09:.
DON'T LET A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN RUIN YOUR FUN! COME OUT AND SUPPORT TWO GREAT MIX CDs!!!
FlavorInnovator .:Feb 09 09:.
When I moved up to Union City a little more than a year ago, and it
came time for me to find an internship for my graphic design program at
Chabot College, I found a local studio in Newark, of all places, on
Yelp. It was called FlavorInnovator (www.flavorinnovator.com).
I emailed the studio, sent my portfolio, and maybe a few weeks later,
Steve Ha had me working on a di-cut sticker for one of his clients.
What was a weird coincidence is that I had seen this record at Amoeba
by a cat name "E Da Boss" a couple weeks before that, that had caught
my eye on the cover alone. Turned out he designed it. Romali was going
to buy the same record coincidentally on the design alone. He's
actually designed a few covers of records I had bought in the past.
I put in a lot of work at FlavorInnovator, in exchange he had taught me how to use Photoshop, and is always there to give me some guidance and constructive criticsm for my work. Fast forward to the present, about over 100 beers, 3 bottles of Jack Daniels, 5 packs of cigarettes, 1 run-in with a security gaurd, a few toy freestyle sessions, and a couple Jo_iLL tags on some random trash cans, we have become good friends, and he a mentor to me.
(Jo_iLL, Romali looking hard as usual, and Nam aka FlavorInnovator)
Vimby (www.vimby.com) had just did a feature on him, and I'm proud to see him getting some shine. Here's to good luck on the design tip in the '09.
- DJ Jo_iLL
Exile vs. D-Train .:Feb 09 09:.
- DJ Jo_iLL
Supa Koopa Theater .:Feb 06 09:.
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