DJ QBert @ Dubspot! Interview, Workshop Recap, ‘Extraterrestria / GalaXXXian’ Prelisten!

Dubspot recently hosted a DJ workshop with scratch luminary and world champion turntablist DJ QBert. We also had the chance to preview his forthcoming Extraterrestria and GalaXXXian albums. Here is the video recap.

QBert is a DJ icon, one of the most inventive DJs to ever step up to the decks, and he is widely regarded as leader in the world of turntablism. He is a founding member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz with Mix Master Mike and DJ Apollo (later adding DJ Disk, Shortkut, D-Styles, DJ Flare, Yogafrog, and A-Trak) and also a member of Rock Steady DJs (the DJ unit of the legendary Rock Steady DJs). QBert has also released a series of critically acclaimed concept albums including 1994′s Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik, and 1998′s Wave Twisters (which was followed by a full length animated film in 2000).

During a recent visit to the East Coast for a showcase at the DMC New York City Regional DJ Battle, QBert was gracious enough to stop by Dubspot NYC in Manhattan’s West Village to demonstrate some of his trademark scratching techniques and talk to us about his early days as a DJ, his influences (including Mix Master Ice of UTFO, Grand Wizard Theodore, Grandmaster Flash, and Christian Marclay), taking cues from jazz artists, his music production process, and outer space and extraterrestrial life. Needless to say, we are very pleased to share this workshop recap video and interview with you. Enjoy!


DJ QBert’s latest album, Extraterrestria, is currently building momentum as a Kickstarter project that you can read more about here.

DJ Qbert live at NAMM 2014

DJ QBert

Richard Quitevis was born October 7, 1969, in San Francisco, California. Known by his stage name DJ Qbert or Grandmixer Qbert, is a Filipino-American Turntablist and composer. He grew up in the golden age of the San Francisco Bay Area DJ battle scene of the late 1980′s. Battling and training in the artform is what sets DJ Qbert apart from the rest. He is relentless in unlocking the sounds and systems of scratching. It is Qbert who is credited for championing the turntable as a musical instrument. He is often referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of the turntables, known to make them sing in complex and unimaginable ways. He has invented the most scratching techniques and musical innovations than any DJ in history. QBert is credited for being the world ambassador of the DJ as a musician and turning the turntable into a respected musical instrument.

DJs Qbert + Rafik + Shiftee! 4 Turntables, 2 Mixers, Maschine, X1

DJ QBert delivers on this discipline like no other DJ. Along with dear friend Roc Raida of the X-Ecutioners, they have been the only two DJs in history to be Knighted by the Grand Masters of the Hip Hop culture. His peers and the media call him the Greatest DJ in the World, one of the most influential DJs of all time.

DJ Qbert Live @LA Beatdown @ The Music Box - Friday 11.19.2010

A former DMC World Champion and DMC Hall of Fame inductee, DJ QBert has developed some of the most important works that have shaped the Hip-Hop and Electronic music landscape to what it is today. From the early beginnings, with the 1994 release of Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik, hailed by Source Magazine as the best mixtape of all time. To his innovations with his very own skratch records that set the stage for DJs to rebuild all their elements ready to manipulate through custom created vinyl. He created a DJ group to play pieces of his turntable band, giving rise to the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. In 1998, he released his album Wave Twisters, while immediately an animated film to sync with the music was drawn by legendary San Francisco artist Dug-1, drew the movie as he heard it. While in production of Wave Twisters the Movie, another film, Scratch, by director Doug Pray, was being filmed about the history and culture of the Hip Hop DJ, featuring DJ QBert as he is Knighted by GrandMixer DXT.   Both films premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.