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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.
SCRATCHY ON TOTALLY WIRED RADIO
LISTEN TO SCRATCHY SOUNDS ON MIXCLOUD
Scratchy presented his debut solo radio show for 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. Scratchy graduated to a regular monthly slot. All episodes of The Rock and The Roll of The World for TWR, Scratchy's previous guest appearance on Rupert Orton's Pink Lemonade also on TWR, his live set at Red Rooster and much more, are all available on Scratchy's Mixcloud Page.
Unfortunately, TWR ceased broadcasting on New Years Eve. But all Scratchy's shows are still available through the links above, and Scratchy will still be making programmes to join the many other sessions on his mixcloud page, including the two-part tribute to Joe Strummer, 'Strummer's Music'.
SEPTEMBER 2022 - SWINGIN' SEVENTY BEGINS
Scratchy reached the milestone of 70 years of age on September 8th 2022 and the following day celebrated the launch of 'Swingin' Seventy' along with the amazing King Salami & The Cumberland 3 and fellow DJs Eric Baconstrip and Evil Elvis at the Mascara Bar in North London
Locomotion, St. Leonards
What's Cookin NYE, E11
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!
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.