Learning to play a musical instrument was an unwelcome part of many a childhood. Hours and hours wasted tinkering on an old piano, spluttering into a flute or murdering a violin. Some kids, however, opted for more unconventional musical apparatus and when DJ Q-bert started to play around with records, turntables and a mixer at the age of 15, it was most certainly time well spent.
These days Q-bert is arguably the most talented DJ on the planet, combining the simple motions of scratching a record and flicking a cross fader and creating the art form of turntablism for which he is a true master and dedicated ambassador. Scratch DJs emerged from the underground clubs at a time when it appeared that pre-recorded music would make the role of the hip hop DJ redundant.
Today it is crucial part of hip-hop culture with DJ battles providing individuals and scratch teams the opportunity to show of their skills in live head to head competitions such as the annual DMC World Championships for which Q-bert is a 3 times champion. If you thought Billy the Kid was quick on the draw, then wait till you see this man reaching for his cross fader