Behind the Skratcher

The justalilhype! Crew sat down with all those involved with Skratcher. Behind the Skratcher is a collective of unique personalities who have collaborated in order to revive something that has almost died off in our city. Skratcher is happening. February 27th at the Franklin Room.


First of all, introduce yourself and your role within Scratcher.

Joe: My name is Joe. I am handling most of the marketing for Skratcher.

Mike: My name is Mike, doing the filmography for this event.

Panakronic: My name is Panakronic, I guess I am responsible for anything that needs to be helped.

Mike MSA: Mike MSA, working with promo and all that stuff.

Relly: Relly, DJ Relik, I roll with the Crypts, Southside!  Fakemake.

Patrick: P-Luv, represent STOKYO.

Paul: Paulskratch of Almighty. The gathering of all friends. Fakemake, Underfound, The Far Left, Northwest Underdogs, justalilhype! and Goons From The Moons.

How did the foundations of the project come to be?

Paul: Individually, with all the DJ’s, we would hang out and just have scratch sessions. One day, we thought that it would be cool to have it done in a bigger scale. Yea, we were just trying to figure out who we should collaborate with, I just came up with this roster. I just thought individually, all of us have qualities of being creative, being driven and being successful in their own way, putting it together and we got Skratcher out of it.

How did you come up with the name of the event?

It was a spoof off Thrasher. Honestly, I saw D-Style wearing a Thrasher shirt, and thought it would be dope to make a shirt that said Scratcher instead.

Sitting in the room right now are a lot of different people involved in the music industry, whether club DJ’s or turntablists or a producers. Tell our readers why understanding turntablism is important.

Mike MSA: Scratching is like a foundation of all DJ’ing – a big part of it. Just like club rocking and all that.

Relly: Scratch-nerds is just part of being a DJ right? Why are you going to DJ at a club if you can do the same thing hypothetically with a CD player? It’s just part of the culture, part of the art.

Paul: Personally I just think individually I met all these guys through scratching. It’s like nostalgic. Battling is nostalgic. We just thought the scenes has been very diluted by… you don’t have to always party rock, you don’t always have to play doubles, you can go back to your roots and scratch.

How do you guys feel about the turntablism scene within Vancouver?

Mike MSA: It’s dead. There is none.

Paul: This is it. Whatever you see at our event. That’s turntablism.

Panakornic: There’s a potential and we just have to work with it.

Patrick: Right now, scratching tends to be a sole-sport, very independent. Everyone does it in their bedroom, their basement. This event gives them an opportunity to become social about it. There are DJ’s that scratch well but have no social skills whatsoever, it also gives them the opportunity to allow people to see what skill level they are at.

Where do you guys plan to take Skratcher in the future?

Patrick: Multi-million dollar company.

(Everyone laughs.)

Patrick: For me, I think it’s a growing experience for Vancouver DJ’s for them to show case what they got. You do it for yourself and this is a way for people to show what they can do.

Paul: It’s not only dedicated to scratch DJ’s right? Music-goers, you don’t necessary have to listen to Gaga, you have other options with music. Scratching is one form – it is rhythmic instrument, like it or not.

Relly: It’s like jazz right, you go to a jazz concert and you enjoy it. I don’t play any instruments other than DJing, but it can be related. It’s like that you go to a place where these guys are jamming, and you go to appreciate it.