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Scratch Perverts - Perverted Threesome

Author: Daniel Findlay
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Scratch Perverts’ Prime Cuts and 3D’s Daniel Findlay keep it clean as they talk perversion, battle DJing and the Pervs’ upcoming tour.

UK trio Scratch Perverts made their names as multiple World DMC titleholders and earned their DJing stripes on the battling circuit. Since forming in 1996, Tony Vegas, Prime Cuts and Plus One have blended hip hop, dub, drum and bass, mash-ups and a mess of other influences into a stylish concoction that has seen them emerge as both phenomenal DJs and respected producers. The résumé is undoubtedly impressive but the name has always induced a smile and hinted at a warped sense of humour. Are they actually perverts- “Fucking hell…” Prime Cuts laughs, “umm no, not really. I’m getting to a stage in my life where it’s not really that cool to be a pervert. It’s more to do with twisting up music now than any other kind of perversions.”
Whether DJing or producing, twisting up music is what the trio does best, aided by an open-mindedness that has set the group apart from the outset. Their sets may be genre-bending roller coasters but, rather than a self conscious attempt to shock, Prime Cuts says they just try to find the hip hop in everything “I think a lot of The White Stripes music has got that type of [hip-hop] energy to it. I think that Icky Thump thing, because it’s just got wicked guitar licks is definitely something you could sort of flip.”
Hinting at the kind of mash-ups that might be evident in their mid-September set, he’s not giving too much away, but lets on that they’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio, working on music to play out in their sets. “I think for a long time we were driving towards releasing a record and collaborating with fucking whoever.” says Prime Cuts, “Now we’ve realised there’s a lot more strength and validity in making music for ourselves and for our audience who come and see us when we play out in clubs. It’s a lot more exciting, it’s instant, you don’t have to worry about the vehicle of releasing, you can just make the tunes and play ’em out.”
Scratch Perverts might not play DJ battles anymore but the on-the-spot rush of dropping a killer tune still clearly infuses what they do. As Prime Cuts says though, the stress of battling isn’t something that he misses too much. “To be honest, since not doing the battling I haven’t really pined for it. It’s a wicked, really awesome thing to be part of but basically you’ve got to represent a year’s worth of work in six minutes, so it’s pretty full on if you win and it’s pretty full-on if you lose.”
They’ll have slightly longer than that when the outfit play in Australia and Prime Cuts is curious how Australian audiences will respond to grime and dubstep, genres he’s particularly enjoying at the moment. He doesn’t wax too lyrical about the set though, preferring the music to do the talking once the trio touch down, “Obviously there’ll be a lot of hip hop stuff, a load of UK stuff, some electronic and electro stuff,” says Prime Cuts, “Maybe a few of the mash-ups that we’ve done and we usually end with some drum and bass.”

WHO: Scratch Perverts
WHAT: Play Parklife
WHEN: Sunday 30 September
MORE: myspace.com/scratchperverts


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