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.
As the world of turntablism continues to grow, DJs seek new ways to push the boundaries of scratch records. UK turntablist DJ Woody has done just that with his Flexicuts series. Released through his label Woodwurk Records, it is the first skip-proof scratch tool pressed on the flexible material known as flexi disc.
DJ Woody has launched the Grind Strip, a device that gets mounted onto the edge of a turntable platter to perform “grinding” scratch techniques.
The idea first started in 2004 as part of Woody’s concept plans for Vestax’s Controller One turntable, which he helped develop. Vestax didn’t end up using it, so Woody has now brought it to life.
Woody tells us how it works:
“If you swipe over the Grind Strip with part of your hand as you move the record, the movement will be broken up as so will the sound, like a fader click. For example, swiping over one button will break the sound into two parts (like a tear), swipe over two buttons and you get three sounds, three buttons give you four sounds and so on.
The more pressure you apply with the swipe, the more defined the sound. This all allows for some very intricate and controlled faderless scratches. And the beauty is that it’s all using just one hand, so you still have your fader hand free for extra fader clicks, cue points, mixer effects or whatever you like. There’s tons to be explored (if you’re as geeky as me!).”
The Grind Strip is available for preorder now on Woody’s Woodwurk Records website. It comes in two sizes, one for a 7″ and one for a 12″ platter, and retails at roughly $22 and $25 USD respectively, plus shipping.
Watch a demonstration below and stay tuned for a review by Mojaxx on Tips and Tricks.
DJ Woody‘s performance on the MikiDz Show on Monday night was only 28-minutes long, but there’s a good reason for that. The legendary turntablist performed an incredibly technical and intricate set, which included original tracks and some of his most popular routines.
After his performance, Woody spoke with hosts MikiWAR and DJ Dainjazone about his beginnings as a DJ, touring with Lootpack in the early ’00s, and other topics.
Watch Woody’s set and interview below and download the audio on iTunes.
World-renowned turntablist DJ Woody is set to perform on DJcity’s MikiDz Show live stream on October 3 at 7 p.m. PST.
Famous for pushing the boundaries of turntablism, Woody has been dubbed by DJ QBert as a “genius” and by Hudson Mohawke as “the best DJ in the world.” He won the ITF and Vestax world championships in 2001 and 2002, respectively, and co-designed the Vestax Controller One turntable a couple of years later.
Woody has since released dozens of acclaimed videos and performed showcases at DMC and IDA world championships. He is also a skilled producer and is set to release his debut solo album in October.
Award winning turntablist DJ Woody is set to release his debut solo album, The Point of Contact on October 10. The 12-track LP combines elements of hip-hop, jazz-rock, Britcore, psychedelia, and electronic in what Woody jokingly refers to as “prog-hop.”
“[The Point of Contact] is about the transient nature of our own perception and what that brings to our experience,” Woody says.
The project follows Woody’s and Boca 45’s EP, BocaWoody NW/SW, which dropped in May.
Stream “Get Down” below and pre-order the album on digital and vinyl here and here.
Award-winning turntablist DJ Woody has teamed up with fellow UK native Boca 45 for an EP called BocaWoody NW/SW. The project, which is set to release on May 4, combines vintage synths, drum machines, melodic turntablism and more. It also includes a one-hour mix.
DJ Woody is always pushing the limits of turntablism. In his latest video, the innovative DJ drills a new hole in his scratch record so that it rotates off-center, thus changing the pitch as he cuts. Note that Woody uses a Vestax PDX turntable.