Invisibl Skratch Piklz perform on the Boiler Room in Oakland, California. (Photo credit: Tone Def)
The Boiler Room took a break from their usual electronic and hip-hop acts to host a turntablism party on Tuesday night. The show, which went down in Oakland, California, featured sets from the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Cut Chemist, J. Espinosa, and Great Dane. Representing the ISP were DJ QBert, D-Styles, and DJ Shortkut.
The night was kicked off by Great Dane, a member of the influential Team Supreme production crew. The Fullerton, California native put down 45 minutes of trap and future bass.
J. Espinosa, the 2015 Red Bull 3Style US champion, followed with an epic set of Bay Area hip-hop and turntablism. The crowd loved it, and so did Cut Chemist, who performed after Espinosa.
“That’s a tough act to follow,” the Jurassic 5 member told the crowd when he took over the turntables. As one fan on Twitter put it, “I’ll never hear Bay classics the same way after hearing what J. Espinosa did to [them]…”
Cut Chemist lived up to his name by dropping a creative and technical performance using both turntables and CDJs. His set included hip-hop, breakbeats, African music, and a guest performance from Blackalicious rapper Gift of Gab. It was the perfect segue into the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, who took the crowd to outer space and beyond.
Watch the entire show below.
After teasing it in March, Pioneer has finally released details for their new direct drive PLX-1000 turntable, which will hit stores in August and cost $699. The news was accompanied by a demo video featuring turntable legends QBert and Shortkut (see below).
“The PLX-1000 is precision engineered for the booth, drawing on 50 years experience of making high-end turntables. The result is a familiar layout with some next generation improvements, including a high-torque direct drive system, multi-pitch control, club-grade build and sound quality, and detachable power and audio cables,” the press release says.
– High-torque direct drive (33⅓ rpm in 0.3 seconds)
– Classic DJ turntable layout
– Removable power, ground and phono cables
– S-shaped tone arm
– Multiple tempo control options: ±8%, ±16% and ±50%
– Tempo reset button
– Solid build for excellent vibration damping
– Professional-grade gold-plated RCA jacks
– Rubber-lined tone arm to improve isolation and prevent feedback
Watch QBert and Shortkut get busy with the PLX-1000 and discuss its features:
Related: Related: DJ Angelo Showcases Reloop’s Hybrid Turntable
Shortkut (Beat Junkies, Invisble Skratch Piklz, Triple Threat DJs) spoke with Serato during the 2013 Red Bull Thre3Style World Finals in Toronto. The legendary DJ discussed the current state of battling, the importance of selection, what Thre3style means to him, and more.
Related: San Francisco ‘Cutting Room’ Featuring J. Espinosa, Miles Medina, Primo, Shortkut, & Teeko
We couldn’t have a scratch series without San Francisco representing. After months of anticipation, DJcityTV is excited to release the San Francisco edition of our “Cutting Room” series.
Filmed at Mixsterious’ headquarters in San Francisco, this session features routines from some of “The City’s” dopest on the cut including J. Espinosa (Wild 94.9), Miles Medina (99.7 NOW!), Teeko (4OneFunk, Starship Connection, Mugpush), Shortkut (Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Beat Junkies, Triple Threat DJs), and Primo (Qbert Skratch University Valedictorian and winner of this year’s DJcity Podcast Contest).
– Rane Sixty-Two Mixer
– Technics 1200 turntable
– Vestax Controller One turntable (designed by Ruckazoid, D-Styles, Mike Boo, Teeko, and DJ Woody)
– Native Instruments Z2 mixer
– Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1 controller
Watch the previous episode: Cutting Room x New Zealand
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