This San Francisco based DJ has been at it since the 1980's. He's released battle records and albums, working with DJ teams and as a solo artist.
He's toured with artists such as Future Primitive Sound, Space Travelerz and The Bomb Hip-Hop DJs, and has collaborated on recordings with artists such as Blackalicious, Dan "The Automator," Rob Swift, DJ Q Bert and The DJ Project. He's even participated in a seven piece orchestra and performances for Shakespeare in the Park.
DJ Quest is also a teacher on the subject of scratching, mixing, turntable composition and improvisation, just to scratch the surface of what he offers in the way of instruction. He works with a non profit youth development program called The DJ Project, and offers private lessons as well.
His most recent collaboration is with a group called "Live Human," featuring Carlos Aguilar (DJ Quest), Andrew Kushin and Albert Mathias. They've been performing together in San Francisco, since 1996.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with DJ Quest...
*Name: DJ Quest
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Questosahn/Mutaionmann
*Do you use a pseudonym? Questosahn-DJ Sho-time
*Founding Members: DJ Quest
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: I classify self as a scratch innovator turntable music artist. However, I also classify myself as a producer since I use drum machines and keyboards combined with turntables and multi track software for creating tracks. These tracks vary in style from project to project, while one might have a vocal performance, the other might have an instrumentalist. I enjoy arranging and mixing music and every tune requires a completely different approach.
*Is there a story behind your name? A friend of mine suggested the name back in high school and I like what it meant. I could associate it to my personality on the turntables, as I believe there's always another level to achieve. In short, it's the infinite pursuit of mastering my craft and evolving it to new heights by experimenting and practicing regularly with extreme discipline. Doesn't always work out that way, but I try. (ha!)
*Location: From and based in San Francisco.
*Original Location: Originally from Central America.
*What is your creative/artistic background: No creative background or training / only lots of hrs. of music listening since a young age.
*History: Been practicing scratching since 1986.
*Born: D.O.B. Feb. 17th, 1973 in El Salvador, C.A.
*Motivations: I do this because it's what I'm supposed to do this time around on the planet, and the motivation comes from simply trying to better my skills.
*Philosophy: Never though about it.
*How would you like to be remembered: As someone who brought an idea or two to the game.