Psychoanalytic theory postulated the existence of
a duality of base instincts in humanity: Eros, the sexual "life
instinct" and Thanatos, the destructive "death instinct".
In each of us, the clash between the two opposing motivators supposedly
is the source of our individual quirks, personality problems,
and neuroses. In a further blow to each of our psyches, our existence
in civilization entails institutions such as "morality"
and "ethics", which force each one of us to repress
our base instincts. Our base instincts are sublimated, watered
down into socially acceptable form - for some people, these instincts
are manifested as artistic behavior.
Most scratch djs are reclusive, introverted sorts. They don't
seem to get out much, and turntables can only go so far in the
calming the fires of one's instinctual drives. Thus, we have the
turntablist's affinity for pornographic materials. Is this the
elusive porn/turntablism connection? More likely, this is just
some weak attempt at pedantry on my part. So let's go to something
more down to earth.
In the first article, we talked about porn stars. We shall now
investigate the other side of the coin - the djs. The one of the
first djs I spoke with was the mysterious music molester, the
Wax Fondler, more popularly known as D-styles. He seems to have
more instinct to repress than the average person - as manifested
by his duality of awesome scratching skills with his recurrent
expression of deviant sexual themes through both the audio and
visual media - "Separating the skull from the body and masturbating
in front" of a Black Market Snuff video. Perhaps through
dialog with the man himself, we can learn a little more about
the Wax Fondler, and perhaps gain some insight into the porn/turntablism
Watch out for the next article, featuring an interview with two
wild and crazy guys, DJ Relm and DJ Streak.
Interview with D-styles
This interview took place February 20,
Pone: This is the first question I
ask everyone: What do you think the connection is between porn
D-styles: I think that there's a lot of dudes into "turntablism"
and there's a lot of dudes into "porn". Not too many
girls will admit to being into porn. Dudes don't give a fuck about
admitting they're into it, so there you have it.
Pone: DJ Streak is kind of like the
Vivid Video of turntablism - flashy album covers, sexy girls,
etc. D-styles seems more like the Galaxy Entertainment of turntablism
- bondage, fetishes, morbid kind of stuff. Can you talk about
that kind of influence on your scratching, your music, your break
records, and other work? Do you watch that kind of "speciality"
D-styles: I can't watch a lot of the Dominatrix, Submission,
Torture, Disciplinarian, Art of Spanking, Captive Co-eds, Bridled,Knots
and Kinks, Tickling, Obedience, Kidnapping, Rope Burned, Bound
and Gagged, Cuffed and Padlocked, Foot Worship, Humiliation, I
Spit On Your Grave type of movies. I trip out on that whole sub-culture
though. It's almost like the "scratch dj" culture in
a way but way more below the surface. At the time when I started
putting out break records, most records had funny, comedic titles
or more serious titles to them. I wanted to bring in a different
theme than what was out so I came up with Sqratch Fetishes Of
The Third Kind. I wanted to outdo my previous break record title
so I had to step it up a notch. So each record after that got
sort of crazier and crazier. Honestly, I had problems with the
printing company not wanting to manufacture my artwork. The cover
for Black Market Snuff Breaks isn't the original artwork that
I had planned on using. It was a picture of all these dead bodies
and I couldn't find a place to print my covers so I made that
cover as a last resort. I had to make STD Breaks in Canada because
no USA printing company would print that. People would tell me
that someone's mom complained to a record store about selling
STD Breaks so they got returned back to me. I've had to hold back
on the record covers because of all the drama. Bitch Slapped Breaks
was supposed to be a whole different thing but I changed it last
minute because I was scared that no record stores would carry
something that had a cover that I was gonna use. As much as I'd
like to elevate the next record to an even more crazier theme,
I think I'm just gonna have to chill on it if I want record stores
to be able to carry it.
I think my music and my scratching carries that same tradition
of not wanting to put out what's being put out, you know what
I'm saying? I see a lot of guys copying Qbert's shit and I think
they need to learn the fine line of influence and imitation. There
is a certain etiquette I feel that most serious musicians share
and its "knowing where to draw that line." We all have
that inner voice that tells us if we are copying something too
closely. Most serious musicians will listen to that voice and
know where to draw that line. I used to say that it comes with
time but some people still don't get it and I doubt they ever
will. Sadly, they are the ones missing the point of this art because
its someone else's fingerprint that they're trying to duplicate
and not their own.
Pone: Let's talk about Alcohol Razorblade
Slide. Many consider that to be one of the best tracks on Qbert's
Wave Twisters album, especially from a musical standpoint. But
people really haven't talked about the feel of the track - dark,
necrophilic. What inspired that song? Did you really separate
the skull from the body and masturbate in front of it?
D-styles: That song was inspired from a bunch of different
things. One was listening to a whole lot of Saafir. Another was
listening to a lot of rock (mainly Rage Against The Machine and
another band Refused). I was also watching a documentary on serial
killers and I wanted to make some music that had all these images
from that in my head. So that song was a fusion of all that going
I kept Saafir's rhyme style in mind and made a beat that I thought
he would flow over. Then the rock influence came in with the guitar
like bassline. The violin part was by accident. You know how sometimes
you just drop the needle on the record and it happens to fall
on that magic spot. So that's how I found that violin sound. We
originally used "cut like a guillotine" instead of the
Kool Keith's "cut your legs with the guillotine" sample,
but because of sample clearances Q decided to use Kool Keith's
version. The song came out dope, I can't complain. I'm glad that
people liked it. The "separated the skull from the body and
masturbated in front of it" sample came from a Jeffrey Dahmer
serial killer video. I wouldn't enjoy masturbating in front of
a carcass or skull.
Pone: Your break records have names
like Gag Ball Breaks and Black Market Snuff Braxes. The Pharoahs
of Funk CD has track names like "Urination". And we
also have the samples we hear on your songs, like on "Clifford's
Moustache." How do you find these things? Do you get ideas
for songs and records from these kind of things? Or do you think
of a song first, then try and find the sample or photo to fit
it? And pasta (on Needle Thrashers 4)...that's not porn, what
was up with that?
D-styles: I usually make the music first and then try
to make a name up and whatever imagery that goes with it. Needle
Thrashers 4 was more of a fun record so I didn't use any porn
on that. Maybe I should have.
Pone: Those of us lucky enough to
catch Scratch Attack radio heard a preview of your highly anticipated
album, Phantasmagorea. Will we see a lot of porn, or fetish, or
whatever sexual influence in that album? What else can we expect
from the album?
D-styles: Not too much porn on my album. One song has
a German woman getting spanked which turns into an all out orgy.
Other than that, it's more of straight-ahead Death Skratch King
Assassin type music.
Pone: The skratch world is eager to
hear more from you - what projects do you have in store for the
future? And of course I have to ask, anything porn related?
D-Styles: I have my own break record label now and I do
have some more scratch tool records coming out soon. I'd like
to concentrate more on putting out scratch music now rather than
Pone: The album cover art for STD
Breaks gives me nightmares - in eighth grade, after I saw a photo
of genital warts, I couldn't eat lunch. Do you like looking at
medical books, forensic pathology manuals, or death scene investigation
D-styles: Yeah, I like looking at all that stuff. Anything
that makes you say "aaaaah fuck that shit." I like fucking
with people and pissing people off.
Pone: I hope anyone who reads this
interview doesn't think you're some sick and twisted guy. Everyone
should know that you're a pretty normal seeming kind of guy -
so do you watch any "mainstream" porn at all, like Vivid
or Wicked? Who are your favorite porn stars? Favorite porn flicks?
What do you think of Peter North?
D-Styles: I used to keep up with all the mainstream porn.
I'm not up to date with "who's hot" nowadays. I used
to watch a lot of the Sodomania and the Gangbang Girls series.
Bottomdwellers was a cool series also. John Leslie the director
puts out good stuff. I used to watch alot of Evil Angel flicks.
I took a class when I was going to San Francisco State University
called "Variations in Sexuality." It was the most craziest
class I ever took. The class was big,basically a huge movie theater
with a stage that seated about 400 people. Every week we had people
come in to talk and give demonstrations. You name it, we had to
sit there and watch it. Some of it live,some on video. Everything
from beastiality to vomit fetish was going down. Nina Hartley
showed up and did a bondage whip scene with her lover. Girls where
sucking horse's cocks. It was nuts. Dopest class I ever had. I
recommend to anyone who goes to SFSU to take that class. I like
how mainstream porn is starting to open up to the bizarre side
of porn. You got guys like Max Hardcore doing gynecologist type
shit to girls, Bukakke porn and also some soft bondage type stuff
is crossing over to mainstream porn. Pretty soon pissing in a
girl's mouth is gonna be accepted in mainstream porn.
Pone: What porn stars would like to
work with, if given the chance? Soundtrack work, I mean. Unless
you do want to act.
D-styles: Tabitha Cash used to be one of my favorites.
I still like her, but Tera Patrick is fresh. I actually sampled
her on "Clifford's Mustache". It's from one of the Randy
West series Up and Cummers, number I forget. I don't know if Evil
Angel is still around but I'd like to do some music for them.
I think some of my darker music would go with what they are doing.
Pone: What porn star would you liken
yourself to? For example, DJ Streak called himself the Ed Powers
of turntablism - because he's into breaking amateurs (on his album
covers) and he's just a regular-looking kind of guy.
D-styles: I don't know. Maybe the Max Hardcore guy. Somebody's
got to do the break records that I'm doing. I might as well be
Pone: I've heard some of the other
Beat Junkies are porn freaks. You get any porn influence from
D-styles: Rhettmatic knows what time it is. Curse definitely
knows what time it is. He used to work at a porn shop, so he's
met a lot of freaks in his time. Who isn't into porn anyways?
Pone: Is there anything else you'd
like to talk about? Who's your favorite Pokemon? Briefs or boxers?
D-styles: I just want to recommend everyone to watch Leprechaun
In The Hood. It's a funny ass stupid movie that was meant to be