Scratchy Sounds, Tour DJ with the Clash, Joe Strummer & 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.
LONDON A GO GO
Kicking off this Bank Holiday Sunday, Aug 25th, I’ll be embarking on a month of rather splendid dates around Ol’ London Town. All starts with compering and flipping the discs on the main stage of the Clerkenwell Festival. August end on the 31st in Leytonstone with Oh! Gunquit and Miraculous Mule for What's Cookin'. But come Sept 7th, I’ll be back on the turntables of Brave Sir Robin, where I'll comfortably slot into the space right by the bar, on the eve of turning 67. A week later, Saturday Sept 14th, I join the bill alongside fellow guests Paul-Ronney Angel and 7inch Max to celebrate the launch of The Future Shape Of Sound new single launch. After that night's testifying down by the river, there's a perfect chance to ease our tormented souls back down to earth with another date at Brave Sir Robin, for a Sunday afternoon JA-style session of Ska, Dub & Roots Reggae. Back for the first time in a while at the Constitution with my Club Limbo buddies, the following weekend starts here on Friday Sept 20th, before rounding off my Go Go month with a 5-hour session at Mirth, Marvel & Maud. If still standing, on the 28th I’ll take the groove 40 miles west and slide along the M4 for a rearranged Purple Turtle garden party and give Reading a dose of what it’s all a-go-go about.
Til then though, London’s a-happening baby!
Sun Aug 25th: Clerkenwell Festival (main stage), EC1
Sat Aug 31st: Oh Lord It's Oh! Gunquit & Miraculous Mule at What's Cookin', E11
Sat Sept 7th: Brave Sir Robin, N4
Sat Sept 14th: The Future Shape of Sound Single Release Party, Underdog Gallery, SE1
Sun Sept 15th: Roots In The Afternoon, Brave Sir Robin, N4
Fri Sept 20th: Club Limbo presents The Blue Carpet band at The Constitution, NW1
Sat Sept 21st: Mirth, Marvel & Maud, E17
Sat Sept 28th: DJ Scratchy Punky Reggae Garden Party (The Clash DJ), Purple Turtle, Reading
SUMMER 2019 IS HERE: ...and there's dancing in the streets
Summer is underway and Scratchy has already appeared at Africa Oye in Liverpool on the Trenchtown stage, a wonderful free festival where he was able to see a majestic set from the legend that is Horace Andy, as well as being blown away by relative new-comers, the dynamic BCUC from South Africa. Back in London, at the Somers Town street festival, he kept the Cock Tavern stage linked and locked, the day ending with a great performance from the Peter Perrett Band, which also featured a few songs where Peter was joined by John & Alan of The Only Ones.
Rain stopped play on Scratchy's July Garden Party gig at the Purple Turtle. Worry not Reading, the date has been rescheduled for September, a month that will also see Scratchy back at Club Limbo at the Constitution.
Still to come, Scratchy will round off July on the 27th, returning with a bunch of 45s to the decks of Brave Sir Robin. August then finds Scratchy in Andalucia and Ariano. From Aug 8th to 11th, Scratchy will be part of the rotating line-up, alongside his Texan carnales, Los Skarnales, each night playing a different white town as part of the Pueblos Blancos Festival, taking in Montejaque, Grazalema, Villaluenga del Rosario and the spectacularly gorge-ous Ronda. The following week, it's off for a third time to the Ariano Folk Festival, to play the main stage alongside Gaye Su Akyol and Natty Bo & The Top Kats.
MAY DAY 2019: Scratchy joins 'Caribbean Dandy' and launches new website
Coinciding with the launch of this revamped website, it is with immense pleasure that we can also announce that Scratchy has been invited to become part of the Tokyo-based DJ Collective Caribbean Dandy, whose members he has regularly worked alongside over the course of the six tours he has made to Japan.
Satoru Fujii a.k.a Satol F. (Clandestino), Tetz Matsuoka a.k.a Prince Matsuoka (Club Ska), Kaz Sudo (Afro Boogaloo Ska Academy), Txako (Japonicus) and Amemiya ksk (discos Papkin) all have their own unique talents, style and specialities, but are bound together in a commonality of spirit and shared love of global mestizo music. Scratchy’s broad and deep, roots rockin’ rhythms and blues foundation to The Rock and The Roll of The World, further complements the mix of sounds, as well as characters, that goes into making Caribbean Dandy so special.
Scratchy says: "I am so proud that my brothers and sister of Caribbean Dandy, are not only my friends and family, but have seen fit to bestow on this veteran, such an incredible honour and I look forward to hooking up with them around the globe, wherever and whenever is possible"
MARCH 2019: Hanami Return Tour
March 2019, Scratchy will be setting sail on his sixth outing around Japan.
The Hanami Return Tour will once again be seeking a sky full of the sakura cherry blossom. Along the way, Scratchy will be hooking up with many of his ol' friends from the Japonicus, Caribbean Dandy and Club Ska DJ posses, whilst playing in places both new - Higashi Murayama, Yamagata and Utsunomiya, which is famous for its Gyozas - as well as revisiting Kiryu, Sendai and, of course, slotting in some Tokyo gigs as well.
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 Joe Strummer and 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.
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.