February 21, 2007

And next on the agenda...

by Chris Randall

Is one of my friendly readers a D&B turntablist? I need some scratching on a track (it's actually just barely D&B, 165bpm which is like old-school house tempo in this age of Red Bull and Vodka) and I don't know anyone that can accurately scratch that fast. At least, not in Mill City, Oregon. There's a 32-bar solo section and some transitional stuff. Drop me a line if you have the requisite skillz and wouldn't mind helping out. Credit only, but I'd owe you one, and surely that's worth something.


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Feb.22.2007 @ 8:22 AM
Artemiy Pavlov
Why not ask someone to scratch at a lower tempo and then time-compress the recording? ;-)

Feb.22.2007 @ 9:27 AM
anyone that can scratch that fast, must have gone to georgia to make a deal ...

and that person certainly ain't friendly.


Feb.22.2007 @ 10:45 AM
165 bpm...just think scratching at 82.5 bpm. Dnb dj's have a habit of throwing on a normal speed hip hop rec during sets and scratch the same exact speed as they would the double speed jungle rec.

Feb.22.2007 @ 11:09 AM
A half-timed scratch at 165bpm would be 82.5, so yes it interleaves. It isn't necessarily the same though, is it? Same with a break...

Feb.22.2007 @ 11:26 AM
My fastest track I scratched on was 135bpm.. but I'd love try it anyway, though I'm a bit out of training ;)

Feb.22.2007 @ 12:28 PM
Chris Randall
I knew a lot of people in Chicago that could scratch that fast; it's not an uncommon skill. (In that light, if anyone knows how to get a hold of Paul Norman, I'd be pleased to hear about it. I've lost touch with him since I moved here, and can't find his email address...)

For what it's worth, I've sat through at least a dozen DMC/Technics battles, as well as many Scratch Picklez, Q-Bert, Cut Chemist, and X-ecutioners shows, and know exactly what good turntablists are capable of. I wouldn't have asked if it wasn't possible. Watch this video:

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Feb.22.2007 @ 1:53 PM
Is that the same R.A.W. that is related to Machete?

Feb.22.2007 @ 2:59 PM
d wagenbach
I've seen Machete a couple of times, amazingly fast. and he's in SF.

Feb.23.2007 @ 2:55 AM
R.A.W. is responsible for my single favorite mixtape of all time, that being Raw's Revenge. Impeccable track selection, amazing mix, total euphoria from start to finish, and probably one of the best mixtape packages ever (Cover is a play on the atari game Yars Revenge and the tape itself even sort of looks like a typical atari cartridge).

But I don't think "our" R.A.W. is the same guy. He's German.


Feb.24.2007 @ 4:07 AM
> But I don't think "our" R.A.W. is the same guy. He's German.

Yep, right.. sorry to disappoint you ;) - I started making music as DJ Raw in 1990 and we made stuff which we called "Britcore" here in germany (that is UK music like Gunshot, Silver [now Silvah] Bullet, the old Hijack stuff on "Music Of Life" etc.). Back then we had tracks in the range from 100 - 140 bpm as we mixed some jungle into our music.
Later than I renamed to R.A.W. which is the abbreviation for "radio active wax".. my bandmate came up with that as we had a nuclear sign in our band's logo..
Well, long story short: I'm a relatively unknown DJ and not related to Machete.


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