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date: 14 December 2019

Invisibl Skratch Piklzlocked

  • Will Boone

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Hip-hop DJ collective. The group included some of the most lauded and respected artists in the world of turntablism. Filipino-Americans DJ Q-Bert [Richard Quitevis] and Mix Master Mike [Michael Schwarz] formed the core of the group. With DJ Apollo, they formed a trio in 1992 called the Rock Steady DJs. Adopting the “Piklz” moniker in 1995, Mike and Q-Bert were joined by a rotating cast over the next five years that included DJ Disk [Luis Quintanilla], Yogafrog [Ritchie Desuasido], D-Styles [David Cuasito], DJ Shortkut [Jonathan Cruz], and others.

The Piklz presented themselves as an all-turntable band, rather than a group of individual artists. With an approach to performance not dissimilar from a jazz combo, members would improvise solos in alternation while the others held down a supporting musical framework. “Invasion of the Octopus People,” included on 1995’s turntablist compilation album Return of the DJ vol. 1, is an early example of this “turntable band” sound. Recordings of ...

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