British creative collective Boom City has released a turntablist documentary, Making Mad Noise – 10 Years of Community Skratch.
The Community Skratch event series brings turntablists together from around the world for showcases and networking. It began with the Community Skratch Games in 2006 in Galway, Ireland. It later expanded to Brighton, UK, with DJ Manipulate‘s Community Skratch BBQ.
As the turntablism community grew, the event series branched out with UK and European tours. Community Skratch has also begun to collaborate with Battle Avenue, expanding the turntablist network even further.
Watch the documentary above.
Over the past year, Battle Avenue director Antriks has explored some of the best places for turntablists to find vinyl. On this episode of DJcityTV’s Fresh Press, he shares some of his favorite record shops that cater to scratch DJs.
When shopping for scratch records, Antriks prefers to buy from independent global retailers, local shops, or directly from the record label. Listed below are some of his favorites.
Independent Global Retailers
Watch the episode above.
Woody worked with a team of musicians to produce the scratch sentences on the record, which were recorded live. It was released through his label, Woodwurk Records, and is available on both 12-inch and seven-inch vinyl.
Watch Antriks’ review above.
After a brief hiatus, Battle Avenue director Antriks is back with a new episode of DJcityTV’s Fresh Press. On this episode, he travels to Germany to dig through the back catalog of Berlin-based label, Dusty Donuts.
The label specializes in reworks of classic hip-hop and funk pressed on seven-inch vinyl. The analog purists at Dusty Donuts also run a booking agency focused on vinyl-only DJs.
Watch the review above and check out Dusty Donuts’ releases here.
DJ QBert is one of the pioneers of break records, and lately, his Thud Rumble company has been releasing digital versions of some of his classics.
On this episode of Fresh Press, Battle Ave’s Antriks and DJ Excess connect at the DJ Expo in Atlantic City to put two of Thud Rumble’s latest releases to the test: QBert’s “All-Star Dirtstyle Battle Rebels” and DJ Happee’s “2nd Hand Smoke Breaks: Extended Edition.”
Watch above and check out all of Thud Rumble’s digital breaks here.
DJ Excess at Mega DJ Center in Houston. (Photo source: Battle Ave.)
DJ Excess, a member of the legendary Ned Hoddings crew, is currently touring to promote his new seven-inch break record, Killable Syllables. The release is a collaboration between Battle Avenue and French portablism company, Mixfader.
The tour will make stops in USA and Europe, with each event featuring a performance from Excess and private “Portable Meet.” Portable Meet is a new event and video series that brings together DJs for unique scratch sessions.
Current tour schedule:
April 23: Houston at Mega DJ Center
April 28: Paris at Mixfader headquarters with DJ Stresh, Ugly Mac Beer, Nixon, and more
April 29: Paris at Candy Shop with DJ R-Ash
April 30: Brighton, England at Dead Wax Social with Skratch Lordz and Cut2Cut
May 3: Madrid, Spain with DJcity and Skratcher
May 6: Mannheim, Germany at Scratch Buffet with DJ Jazzy Jeff and R.A. the Rugged Man
May 20: Oakland, California
Here’s an example of what the Portable Meets are like:
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