Now, I have been thinking about all the DJs that have inspired me and have influenced me since the age of 5. People who have ingrained in me the passion for disc jockeying, I mean, literally, seeing my favorite DJs scratch so brilliantly was the best thing.
I have learnt most of the scratching techniques from my favorite DJs. I would watch their videos over and over again, carefully noting the way the moved their fingers. When I first got into it, I really didn’t know how it worked, but I learned some truly amazing scratch techniques that I would love to share with you all.
But before I share those techniques with you, I would like to list two of my favorite DJs who have inspired me and been a part of my DJ journey.
Diplo is my ultimate favorite. His actual name is Thomas Wesley and before starting his career as a DJ, he was a schoolteacher who taught Math and Literature to kids. Quite learned, don’t you think? Today he is a record producer DJ and a songwriter. He runs his own record company by the name of Mad Decent, and has worked with the greatest pop artists, including Gwen Stefani, Shakira, Madonna, Britney Spears, Usher, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber,Ellie Goulding and many more. My most favorite track is the one he did with Justin Bieber and Skrillex, Where Are Ü Now.
Zedd is an award winning DJ from Germany, but was born in Russia. He mainly produces electro house genre. Over the years he has drawn influences from dubstep, progressive house as well as classical music and innovated and introduced new beats. He has produced the most amazing remixes of the decade. He has produced remixes of world-renowned singers, including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, The Black-Eyed Peas and many more. His second album True Colors won him the Billboard Music Award this year.
You have probably seen a DJ making very short forward movement that is directly followed by another quick backward movement, that’s called a Baby Scratch. This technique of going backwards and forwards is the foundation of beat matching. There is a long list of scratch techniques, such as, Scribble, Tear, Stab, Chirp, Flare, Orbit, Tweak, Decay, Loop, Strobe, Wah, Crab, but my most favorite is the Transformer Scratch. It is an advanced techniques used by professional DJs. You need to be pretty good at synchronizing crossfader movement with your scratches to make that beat.
The best DJ’s today are those who keep trying out different techniques and innovate by merging different scratching techniques to create new styles and scratch techniques. The best thing about scratching once you have learned the basic techniques is. As you get the hang of these various techniques, you can innovate more on your own and come up with your own distinct scratching style. It gives you a sense of empowerment and you are able to utilize your creative genius that defines you.