Over 45,000 plays and counting. Soul Sisters Stand Up is the quintessential mix dedicated to the felines of funk brought to you by Canadian producer/Djs SKRATCH BASTID and THE GAFF.
This Friday Aug 16th at Nola’s, they travel down to LA to bring the mix to life on 4 turntables for your dancing pleasure for a first time performance of their acclaimed set of *100% Female Funk, Soul, R&B and Breaks* brought to you buy wonderkid DJ EXPO and mainstay AZUL 213. Also in the mix is none other than DJ RHETTMATIC which you know he always sets the tone right for what should be a special night built for the shakers and diggers alike.
Having rocked the bar many times, Skratch Bastid is now ready to raise it.
In 2013, The Bastid has become one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs and respected producers but don’t think it happened overnight. From his humble beginnings a decade ago as a teenager in Halifax- pumping out mixtapes from his bedroom and earning a loyal following already back then- he slowly spread his skills first at DJ competitions like DMC, ITF, and Scribble Jam and now around Canada and the world as a widely recognized go-to guy for party-rocking. The illest redhead on turntables has since gone viral. Seriously, youtube that shit.
Since he is increasingly recognized for his comfort and versatility in different styles- hip hop, funk, disco, rock, club and just about every other genre that will make you dance- more and more people are getting hip to his style. That’s what keeps this Bastid working so hard. Touring city-to-city with a relentless drive, he’s wowed crowds from coast to coast in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and all over Europe as he averages close to 150 shows a year.
For Skratch Bastid, all that energy is brought back to the studio and heard in his music. As a producer, he takes that experience from the stage and lays it down on hard-hitting original music with a wide range of sounds. The formula earned him a Juno Nomination as Producer of the Year for his work on Buck 65’s Situation album, which he lost to Joni Mitchell. You can hear his own music often elevate his live sets along with yesterday and today’s best.
In the past year, the young lad landed in Toronto- after five fruitful years as a Montreal resident- bringing new flavor to the city and making his first mark with a big bang. His new Skratch Bastid Presents quarterly event kicked off with a blockbuster collaboration including DJ Starting from Scratch and world-renowned beatboxer Scratch formerly from the Roots. The inspiring first party was a huge success as it breathed new life into Toronto’s night scene. The three noisemakers are hoping to take the show on the road for the world to see.
If the next decade is anything like the previous one, you’ll be hearing a lot more about Skratch Bastid. As he continues to find new fans worldwide, his catalog of sounds, styles and tricks will leave a lasting impression.
What’s next? Just like in his electric sets, that’s the exciting part! Get down with the sound.
“He’s probably the most well rounded DJ that I know… his play selection is incredible!” -DJ Jazzy Jeff
“He’s kinda one of these rare cats that encompasses every single last facet and dimension of DJing in a true sense!” -Cosmo Baker
The Gaff is a soulful brother on the wheels of steel, a lifelong DJ with tight skills & cuts, a lengthy list of accomplishments, tonnes of records, heart & class. Gaff is also a renowned Producer, using ableton live, vintage equipment and a substantial record collection of over 10 000 lp’s & 45’s. One foot in the future, and one foot in the past. The Gaff’s purpose is in elevating Hip Hop, Dance, Club and Electronic Sounds to a level easily combined with Funk, Soul & Jazz; resulting in amazing performances & instrumental production. The Gaff has rocked prestigious parties & clubs far & wide, NYC to LA: either by all vinyl 45 sets, or destroying it with tight scratching and turntable kung fu. Having just released the acclaimed & highly successful mix; “Soul Sisters Stand Up” with friend Skratch Bastid in 2012, the future holds a list of steady production releases as well as his long awaited debut album. The Gaff is often referred to as A DJ’s’ DJ, cited as a top favorite amongst some of the worldÊ¼s best & titled by peers as one of Canada’s greatest.
“Gaff got so many ill records it’s fu$*ing Mind Boggling. I am in awe” -Cosmo Baker
“The First Time I met Gaff I quickly realized he possessed the most important part of being a DJ…….a knockin’ record collection. It’s good to see he’s harvesting the crops” -DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5)