HIP HOP SLAM
SCRATCH ATTACK NEWS
In the aftermath of the events of September
11, 2001 a lot of shows and events have been canceled or
postponed. Included is the CMJ in New York and many shows, not
just in the US, but also overseas such as the scheduled shows
by D-Styles and QBert in Europe... Many DJs found
themselves stranded for several days after all flights were canceled.
Peanut Butter Wolf, who now calls LA home, ended up having
an extended stay in the Bay Area the week of the September 11
tragedy where he spun alongside DJ Design and Cinnamon
Underpants at Fuse...
Do you take this DJ to be your lawfully
wedded...?September 8, 2001, DJs Shortee
and Faust got married in Atlanta with Z-Trip acting
as the wedding party DJ. He was joined momentarily by Shortee
(decked out in traditional white bride's gown) when she started
scratching up a storm to everyone's delight, reports Mark Herlihy
(Future Primitive) who was one of the guests in town for the celebration...
DJ Shadow is currently on his honeymoon, not only enjoying
the company of his bride but also a break from the studio after
being holed up for most of the year working on his highly anticipated
soon to drop album.
Scratch the documentary
by Doug Pray, which debuted at Sundance along with Wave
Twisters earlier this year, has been making the rounds of
film festivals in Europe and the US. On September 8, it was the
final film at the RESFEST at the Palace of Fine Arts in
San Francisco where it got a great reception: not surprisingly
since the city of San Fran is as much a star of the movie as many
of its DJs (QBert, Mixmaster Mike, Space Travelers,
Shadow, etc.). Note that Scratch will also screen at all
upcoming RESFESTs including in New York (Oct. 10-14) and
Los Angeles (Oct. 25-28) (www.res.com)...
Award-winning film company Kicked Down Productions presents
a groundbreaking new film Jails, Hospitals, and Hip-Hop
featuring a soundtrack composed by Mixmaster Mike. From the mind
of Brooklyn actor, performance artist and hip-hop activist Danny
Hoch, this film spins out the stories of ten lives shocked
by globalization, the prison industry and life in general. The
movie starts playing at independent theaters on September 28.
Look for Mixmaster Mike's new album on his new label Moonshine
How to Skratch DVD with QBertThe
same team that brought you Wave Twisters is collaborating
again to bring you the ultimate scratch tutorial: The How-To-Skratch
DVD will be broken into 5 categories: <1> Set-up your
equipment, <2> The Skratches, <3> Tips and Secrets,
<4> Putting it all together, <5> Bonus features...
Bomb Anniversary WeekendSeptember
28-30 is the 10 year celebration of the San Francisco's own Bomb
Hip-Hop (the magazine and record label). Bomb is known for
it's groundbreaking Return of the DJ series as well as
representing the four elements of hip-hop (dj, graffiti, breakin',
and rapping). For those who missed the legendary Bomb parties
at the old DNA ('92-'95 era), here's your chance! Friday nights
old school party Flashback at Storyville will feature DJ's
Dan the Automator (from Gorillaz/Deltron fame), Paul
Nice from NY, T-Rock from Atlanta, DJ Shortfuse
(Canada), SF's own DJ Design (Foreign Legion), Apollo (Triple
Threat DJs) and master mixer Joe Quixx spinning pre-1991
hip-hop. (9pm2am, Storyville, 1751 Fulton at Masonic, S.F.
The Saturday event at Justice League will feature live performances
by Masters of Illusion, Azeem, Foreign Legion
and DJ's Paul Nice, T-Rock, The Wristerons (turntablist
crew all the way from England), Top Rawmen (turntablist
crew from LA) and special synchronized dance performance by Medea
Sirkas (aka Demons of the Mind). (9pm2am, Justice League,
628 Divisadero, S.F. $15-$20.)
Sunday's free closing party at Fuse in Northbeach will feature
Paul Nice, T-Rock and guest DJ's spinning hip-hop and soul. (9p.m.
- 2a.m., Fuse, 493 Broadway at Kearny, S.F. free.) More artists
to be announced for all three events. For updated info log on
DJ BattlesSeptember 2 were
the Dutch DMC finals... and our Dutch correspondent DJ Sniper
reports that winners were Solo Battle: dj rockid (also
the defending champ of last year), Supremacy: DJ DNS and
Team: SL TROOPERS... November 10 the Vestax World Championships
will take place in LA... DMC in SF last week (Ice T picks
fight with Pone, Golden Chyld becomes media darling)
debuted Monday August 27, and every last Monday of the month thereafter.
Phone Interviews from Prime Cuts, and a bunch of special
guests in the studio. Of course we can't forget to air YOUR skratch
tracks and a bunch of other exclusive tracks that you've probably
never heard before. Make sure to check it out on 90.5 FM KSJS
(10pm-2am PST). Make sure to download the Chaincast Player to
hear the show live over the net. Soon, we will have our own dedicated
real audio server, and a chaincast player will not be necessary.
All shows will be archived, so don't trip if you miss it. 4 hours
of non-stop skratch music, the revolution has begun. Next Show
is on September 24.
Eddie Def's Latest ProjectThe
debut Gonervill album fuses futuristic beats with soulful
song structures to produce what they call "Organitronic Instro
Hip-hop" music. This album features DJ Eddie Def (Space
Travelers, El Stew), drummer Brain (Primus, Praxis, El
Stew), bassist Extrakd (El Stew), with guest guitarist
Buckethead (Guns n' Roses, Praxis, El Stew) and M.I.R.V.
(Limbomaniacs). Out now on Bill Laswell's Innerhythmic
label... Bill Laswell is currently finishing up the soundtrack
inspired by the movie Scratch, including the 2001 remix
of "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock featuring DST,
Disk, Mixmaster Mike, QBert, Rob Swift and other
special guests. Also on the soundtrack, slated for a February
2002 release to coincide with the theatrical debut of the documentary,
will be tracks from today's leading turntablists.
Salomon Productions DJ School and Turntable
Academy is really two separate courses designed to cover
every facet of DJ training. At DJ SCHOOL you get hands on training
on how to perform all the skills necessary to become a successful
Mobile DJ for clubs, weddings, corporate events and private parties.
At TURNTABLE ACADEMY our award winning instructors take you step
by step through all the latest turntablism techniques, from beginning
to professional and competition levels in this fast growing new
musical art form. For more information: www.salomonproductions.com
Hip Hop Slam recently awarded DJ QBert
with the "Hip Hop Slam Hall Of Fame Award" for
being "The Most Innovative Skratch DJ of All Time."
And what makes this award so significant is that this is only
the fifth time such an honor has been bestowed upon anyone. You
know what Im saying? This aint no Grammy that they
give out every year to some punk newjack best new artist that
you never hear from again! Am I right? Hip Hop Slam has been blowing
it up since the eighties, and in 15 years this Bay Area mixed
media company has carefully and respectfully chosen the recipients
of this award including: Grand Wizard Theodore, KRS-One,
Too $hort, and Paul Mooney... Congrats to DJ
Klever, winner of the US DMC title, who is scheduled to travel
to London (September 22/23) for DMC World Finals... Note: In
light of the recent terrorist attacks it is best to check in on
with DMC to make sure this event will run as scheduled.
online, be sure to check out www.styluswars.com,
a brand new website dedicated to the turntable arts featuring
a ton of interviews including: D-Styles, Focus, and the
All Star Beat Down winner, DJ Dopey!
Turntable TheiveryYeah, yall
thought Mixmaster Mike was just tripping when he called his first
album Anti-Theft Device, but it turns out theres
some truth to the Serial Wax Killer's words. As DJs edge precariously
into the public eye, they are also increasingly becoming a target
for player haters. More and more, were hearing reports about
records and gear being stolen, not only at parties, but also at
clubs, airports and while on tour. Derrick D (a.k.a. DJ
OGRE 2) got his decks stolen last month at Club Ibiza in Oakland.
So were putting out an all points bulletin in hopes that
the turntables will be returned to their rightful owner.
The following is a description of distinct features:
both turntables have European plugs
both have stubborn start/stop buttons
one cartridge is a Shure M-477 while the other is a Shure
2 black Geffen Records slip mats
THAT'S ALL FOR NOW SCRATCHERS -:)