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Friday, March 14 • 1:00am - 1:30am
Skratch Bastid

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So... What do the South Bronx and Skratch Bastid have in common? They're both the birthplace of hip-hop and they both have red hair. That's what's up. And from here on in, we'll be referring to the subject as ‘Bastid’. Some people do call him ‘Skratch’ and some people also hate fried chicken. It's just a matter of taste. You know how Bastid makes nachos? One at a time, that's how. He puts a dab of salsa and grated cheese on each individual nacho chip and then puts them all into the oven like little nacho cookies. That's dedication to a craft. That's attention to detail and a creative mind. That's a mad scientist. That’s also a really slow way to make nachos. What it do? Bastid is a real DJ (no iPod). He started DJing as a teenager in his Halifax basement and will someday be a grown up, though, he will most likely never be Filipino. However, he can rip the cuts, as evidenced by his competition history, taking home the Scribble Jam DJ Title 3 times. Professionally and for a living he makes cheese by rocking crowds everywhere and anywhere. Canadia, United Snakes, Europe, you better ask somebody. …That’s it? Oh yeah, and he's nice on the production tip, too. After releasing an album independently, his beats caught the ear of longtime hometown associate Buck 65, planting the seeds of collaboration. Buck's ‘07 release, 'Situation' (Warner Music/Strange Famous), has been critically acclaimed as a return-to-form for the artist, with notable enthusiasm on Bastid’s production, scored on 12 tracks. Plus there's his mixtapes. A professional blend of selection, skill & humour; with a little bit of cocky-prick on the side. Hot like in the kitchen, they are. Hot like a polar bear in Texas. Check out his 2007 installment “Get Up!” for the evidence. He once heard it blaring out of his own grandmother’s Dodge Spirit. Basically, Bastid gets busy. What it look like? He stands 5'10". Sometimes sports a beard. He plays anything and everything from James Brown to 3-6 Mafia to U2 and makes it sound good. Years of sleepless nights practicing routines for competitions have left him with more-than-ample skills and not much of a social life, providing the perfect combination of wanting to win the crowd over and doing it quite fancily. Like a modern day Axl Rose. Or something. Loosies: Bastid is from the land of the fisherman and the McLobster: - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Currently he lives in Montreal and has residencies locally and in Toronto. Oh, and on Fridays he hands out blankets and reads stories to orphans. Both Bastid's parents and Jazzy Jeff think that he's a good DJ. He owns more records than mp3's. He enjoys the musical energy of M.O.P. more than that of Benny Benassi. He's allergic to being broke and most importantly, Bastid never trusts a big butt and a smile.

Friday March 14, 2008 1:00am - 1:30am
Karma Lounge 119 W 8th St

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