Skratch Bastid is back in Winnipeg this month and joining us at the Manitoba Music space on Monday, July 17 for a free afternoon session for working DJs and event producers of all backgrounds and experience levels. Joined by manager Jon Schouten, Skratch Bastid will share a behind-the-scenes look at the creation and post-pandemic relaunch of the “Bastid’s BBQ” event series plus practical knowledge about event branding, advancing event production in other cities remotely, and effectively advertising on socials.
In the performance workshop segment Skratch Bastid will share cheat codes for working DJs, with topics including crate organization, new DJ software plug-ins, and developing rehearsed routines that will elevate and distinguish a DJ set. Skratch will be joined by beat maker and finger drumming phenom Creeasian, who will share from his experience as a performer, first building his career as a dancer before transitioning into the world of live beat making and finger drumming.
We'll have DJ Hunnicutt, Kilusan, and Tony4QR in the space to moderate the sessions.
Meet the Mentors
Skratch Bastid was born Paul Murphy in Bedford, Nova Scotia. He rose to prominence in North America through the DJ battle circuit in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and became especially noted for his crowd-pleasing routines that blended musicality and showmanship. As he crossed over from the battle world into party-rocking he built a reputation for his particular brand of DJ set—he plays the crowd favorites in ways you’ve never heard before and introduces new music in a way that makes it feel familiar. Skratch Bastid’s DJ sets can be enjoyed by casual fans and die-hards alike, and have amassed him a global following of loyal supporters as well as the respect of the pioneers of DJ culture like Jazzy Jeff, DJ Nu-Mark & DJ EMI.
Performing under the stage name Creeasian, Matthew is an indigenous is a multi-disciplined urban arts practitioner from Treaty 6 Edmonton, Alberta. He is a producer B-boy, DJ and founder of the Sampler Café and CypherwildYEG initiatives. He currently tours as a full time dancer & opening support with Juno-award winning group The Hallucination (formerly A Tribe Called Red). Drawing inspiration from artists such as: J Dilla, Araabmuzik,Beats By Jblack,Memorecks, Freshkils, Exile, Boonie Mayfield, Lisa Vasquez,Sadiva. Beatmaking/Producing has become a passion to share and perform music using an MPC as a live instrument.
2023 marked 32 years since Tyler Sneesby AKA DJ Hunnicutt has been making and performing music. He has recorded on dozens of albums including most of the releases from Peanuts & Corn Records, the acclaimed independent hip-hop label he co founded in 1994, as well as on records by Rheostatics and—most recently—Rusty Robot and Gully (The Lytics). Hunnicutt has played clubs as far away as New York City, Oslo, Bogota and Berlin, and has shared the stage with the likes of Feist, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) as well as hip-hop legends DJ Jazzy Jeff and Biz Markie.
Maribeth Manalaysay Tabanera aka Kilusan (siya/sanda/any pronouns) is a Tagalog Visayan filipinx non-binary multi-hyphenate artist, educator and community organizer. They were born and raised on Treaty No. 1 Territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and spent 35 years based in this community. They have presented their work as an educator, dancer, and DJ at events all over Turtle Island (North America). In September 2023, Maribeth will begin the Master of Education in Social Justice Education program at the University of Toronto in Tsi Tkarón:Tó (Toronto, Ontario). For more information about them please visit: www.maribethtabanera.com
Anthony Carvalho AKA Tony4QR is a record label and studio owner of Fourth Quarter Records and former radio host. His penchant for staying behind the scenes has found him behind the decks with Winnipeg group 3PEAT on North American and European tours.