DJ Woody (Source: Boom City)
British creative collective Boom City has delivered another episode of their documentary series, Inside Turntablists. This episode features DJ Woody, a UK-based DJ and producer. He’s a former ITF and Vestax World Champion and currently runs his own label, Woodwurk Records.
In the episode, DJ Woody discusses his history with hip-hop culture, the invention of the Woodpecker scratch, as well as his involvement with the Vestax Controller One — the world’s first-ever musical turntable instrument.
Watch the episode and a routine from DJ Woody below.
UK turntablist DJ Woody recently had the opportunity to perform at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall. Woody dropped an hour-long, all-vinyl 45 set that included hip-hop, funk, and more.
For the last few years, Woody has been the supporting act for Hacienda Classical, an orchestral show celebrating the legacy of the legendary Hacienda Nightclub. On July 6, the show made its way to the Royal Albert Hall where the turntablist put his skills on full display.
Watch his set above.
Related Post: DJ Woody Launches Scratch Sample Subscription Service
DJ Woody performs on the “MikiDz Show” at DJcity in Los Angeles on October 3, 2016. (Credit: Julian Melanson)
The royalty-free scratch sample library comes from Woody’s past and forthcoming vinyl releases. Subscribers will also have access to unreleased material and other exclusive content.
Watch the Woodwurk Members Club promo video below.
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.
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.
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