Scratchy Sounds, Tour DJ with the Clash, The Mescaleros, The Pogues and Gogol Bordello, resident of London's Gypsy Hotel and Selectah at clubs and festivals across the globe from New York to Paris to Tokyo, spins sets of The Rock and The Roll of The World & Roots Rockin' Rhythms & Blues.
Jesse Malin at Lafayette
Somers Town Festival
As of July 19th 2021, England lifted all Covid restrictions. It must be added though, as has been said by many who know better, we are not out of the woods yet, as the Omicron strain is making abundantly clear. The eyes of the world are on us. Proceed with caution. But let’s have fun. Music is a joy that we need. Take care. Stay well. Stay safe.
On turning 69, Scratchy launches into ‘Swingin’ 69’, the banner under which Scratchy’s gigs over the next year will fall. The first weekend kicks off on Friday Sept 10th with a special guest appearance on Rupert Orton’s Pink Lemonade programme on Totally Wired Radio at 4pm UK time. Later that evening Scratchy joins his Gypsy Hotel compadre Paul-Ronney Angel of the Urban Voodoo Machine on P-R’s 77th Gypsy Hotel TV live broadcast on facebook. Sat Sept 11th, 20 years after he woke in New York to the sight of smoke pouring out of one of the towers of The World Trade Centre, Scratchy hosts the first Swingin 69 DJ event at Paper Dress Vintage, where he will be joined by fellow vinyl spinners Diddy Wah, DJ Bioux and Evil Elvis, from 1-7pm. On a date that is filled with so many memories, in a world that has changed dramatically in the past two decades, not least over the past couple of years, today will be more about the kind of perseverance and friendship that keeps us going and the human spirit that defies intolerance, hatred and bigotry. What better way to do that than with great music and company!
HOWLING AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY
SCRATCHY SOUNDS IN THE SUMMER SWING
Sat July 31st: Howling Hops, E9
Fri Aug 6th: The Paxton, Gipsy Hill, SE27
Sun Aug 8th: Swingin': Back in the Shack by the Track with Scratchy Sounds and guests Lewis Durham & DJ Wild of Oh!Gunquit, Paper Dress Vintage, E8
Fri Aug 13th: Joe's Bar Camden, NW1
Sat Aug 21st: Joe's Bar Camden, NW1
With the recent lifting of all Covid restrictions in England, Scratchy announces the following dates on the decks for the coming month that include a Swingin’ DJ All-Dayer with guests Lewis Durham of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis and DJ Wild of Oh!Gunquit, in the Paper Dress Vintage Yard, a place which has been a shining light through the dark over this last year. But it’s also great to now be able to branch out with debut appearances at Howling Hops and The Paxton, as well as make a return after a number of years to Joe’s Bar for a couple of August dates including the 21st, Joe Strummer’s Birthday.
LIVING IN LOCKDOWN Chapter One
Keeping the Scratchy Sounds spinning from a safe social distance. The first in the Lockdown series. Find them all and more on Scratchy's mixcloud page.
MUSEUM OF LONDON CALLING
Take a listen to the radio show produced by Scratchy to coincide with the 2019/2020 Museum Of London exhibition, which honoured The Clash and their album 'London Calling’, that was released 40 years earlier.
ROCKIN' THE FRONTLINE SINCE 1976
Scratchy’s illustrious career on the decks has taken him from Budapest’s Sziget Island Festival to L’Olympia in the heart of cosmopolitan Paris, from the lush valley of Fuji Rock to the cobbled square of carnival time Recife and from his beginnings in London’s rock’n’roll heartland at Dingwalls Dancehall to the beat of 14th Street at NYC’s famed Palladium alongside The Clash.
Resident DJ of Dingwalls Dancehall during 1976 & 1977, he first stamped his mark on the emerging punk scene, the night of July 5th 1976, spinning alongside The Ramones and The Flamin' Groovies, before moving on to play concerts at all the major venues in London: the Roundhouse, Lyceum, Electric Ballroom, Rainbow and Hammersmith’s Odeon & Palais. As a tour DJ, he was on the road with The Clash from 1978-80 and has been similarly associated with the Mescaleros, Dr. Feelgood, The Pogues, Gogol Bordello, Groundation, The Dead Brothers and The Urban Voodoo Machine.
Since the start of the new millenium, this incomparable selectah has been turning on the globalista magic for audiences in clubs, bars and festivals across the planet. From October 2006 onwards he has been the resident disc spinner at top London night, The Gypsy Hotel.
In December 2015, starting with a two-week return to Japan, he launched into the ’40 Years of Scratchy Sounds’ Jubilee, which continued throughout 2016, celebrating four decades since his first professional engagements at London’s Speakeasy in late 1975 and his subsequent first full-year on the decks, the momentous 1976. It was in those first months of his two-year Dingwalls residency, most notably at his first ever punk show with The Ramones, that Scratchy laid the foundations to his unique DJ style, that bears the same spirit to this very day, now at the milestone of '45 Years of Scratchy Sounds'.
Scratchy has been hailed as a Music Shaman. Whether on radio or in the flesh, Scratchy’s legendary and vibrant selections will delight, make you want to dance to some of the greatest music on the planet and take you places where others fear to tread.
The Rock and The Roll of The World,
Globalista Rhythms and The Universal Blues.
Scratchy is renown for his constantly shifting and never predictable, Rockin', Roma, Dubbed-Up, Mestizo mixes which take a voyage through the soundscapes of London to Louisiana, Kingston to Colombia, Bucharest to Bollywood.
Whilst he packs a broad and deep travelling collection of CDs for sets that cover all aspects of The Rock and The Roll of The World, whether in its entirety, or homing in on the different specialist areas contained within, Scratchy also spins off vinyl for nights of Roots Rockin’ Rhythms & Blues, the music that lies at the very heart of all those Scratchy Sounds.
SCRATCHY ON TOTALLY WIRED RADIO
Scratchy presented his occasional solo debut radio show on Totally Wired Radio, on Wed Mar 30th, between 4 & 6pm London time making Breakfast in LA, Coffee in New York, Lunch in Buenos Aires, Cocktails in Cairo, Supper in Mumbai and Party Time in Tokyo. All episodes of The Rock and The Roll of The World, Scratchy's guest appearance on Rupert Orton's Pink Lemonade on TWR, his live set at Red Rooster and more, are all available on Scratchy's Mixcloud Page.
NEXT SHOW: Fri July 8th at 6pm, UK Time on Totally Wired Radio
JANUARY 2022 - SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ
Scratchy Sounds gets in the 2002 groove for a Camden Saturday night, when Scratchy returns to Joe's for Smokey Joe's Café Saturday Jan 15th from 10pm.
GYPSY HOTEL 15th ANNIVERSARY
Like everyone, having to sit out most of 2020, Gypsy Hotel missed last year's anniversary. But the gang are back with a bullet to celebrate 15 years since the club's inception at Barden's Boudoir in Dalston. On Saturday Sept 25th 2021 the Gypsy Hotel takes the show down to Brixton for what promises to be a wild night at the Hootananny. As always, The Urban Voodoo Machine will take centre stage. Newcomer Kelley Swindall will open the show and long-term Gypsy Hotel family members The Future Shape Of Sound and Trixi Tassels will keep the sparks a-flyin'. Scratchy, the night's resident DJ since the beginning, way back in 2006, will mesh it all together and keep the house rockin' from 9pm til 3am.