Koflow and Rough have a sit-down to talk about the lost art of turntablism and how it should be part and parcel of DJing.
When the veterans liken scratching to “painting a picture with audio”, it’s easy to see why they cite originality and creativity as far more important traits that a DJ should have.
“If you can incorporate turntablism into your DJing, that’s an added skill whichbrings you to the forefront,” Rough said.
“Which is very important in this day and age,” Koflow added, “I see a lot of DJs, but they have no skills…they have no show.”
The video, produced by Mongrel, was inspired by a realization that turntablism was a criminally underrated art form that’s been watered down and under-appreciated, despite it being at the roots of DJing.
“I‘m not saying that modern DJing is bad, I’m just saying that people should know this aspect of it,” Toke of Mongrel told Straatosphere.
“I’m definitely in favor of DJ/producers, but when people overlook turntablism, that’s where i think it’s just bad.”
This sit-down featuring Koflow and Rough is the first of a three-part series, which will feature other prominent figures in the DJ and turntablist scene. Stay tuned for updates when parts two and three drop.
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