The simplicity of scratching:
Turntable, mixer, sample vinyl, beat.
Have fun today.
You only really need those 4 things above to be fully engaged in the art of scratching.
Today there is so much equipment out there, so many new features that it is easy to lose track of the simple art of scratching.
When this happens to me, I go back to basics.
Think enjoyment. Simple fun. Pleasure.
Why not enjoy a simple baby scratch, or a simple chirp scratch? Remember why you fell in love with scratching in the first place. Have some fun!
I think of this like a guitarist who has a world of amps, pedals and effects at their fingertips. Unplugging, taking an acoustic, sitting on the beach and playing. Playing for the pure fun of it.
Shut off the screen and enjoy some analog scratching for a change.
Serato and Traktor are awesome tools that have made it easier than ever to switch between beats and loops and insert cue points, effects and a million other new features. This is great and makes for some very creative music. However don’t loose sight of the simple art of scratching. Turntable, mixer, sample vinyl and beat.
Until next time…