DJ Qbert is San Francisco based skratcher, and 3 time World DMC Champion, Richard Quitevis. He's a co-founder of the band, or turntablist crew, The Invisibl Skratch Piklz, with Mix Master Mike and DJ Apollo. Apollo left in 1993 and DJ Disk, Shortkut, DJ Flare, Yogafrog, D-Styles, and A-Trak eventually also joined the lineup. The group officially disbanded in July of 2000.
The Invisibl Skratch Piklz are said to be the first group to apply the band concept to turntablism, by layering samples of drums and basslines with scratch solos to compose turntablist songs.
DJ Qbert was featured in the documentary, Scratch, and has at least a dozen different releases (see full discography HERE). He's also contributed to a large number of remixes, albums and films and was even featured in a video game for Playstation II.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with DJ Qbert...
*Name: DJ Qbert
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Thud Rumble (our DJ products company).
*Do you use a pseudonym? Nope.
*Members: Yogafrog is my business partner if that counts.
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Turntablist
*Another genre descriptor: I'd rather be called a skratcher, like a skater or surfer would call themselves.
*Is there a story behind your name? When I was in high school I was fat and short. At that time there was a video game called Q*bert. Since my last name, Quitevis, started with a Q and my old buddies thought I looked like the Q*bert character, they started to call me Qbert and the name has just stuck since.
*Location: San Francisco, CA
*Original Location: Well, my parents are from the Phillipines, but I was raised in San Francisco.
*What is your creative/artistic background: Hip hop roots from the early 80's & jazz.
*History: 23 years!
*Born: October, 1969
*Motivations: Studying violinists, horn players, guitarists, etc. painters... anyone who has skills, I go read books about them and look on youtube to see them play and scientifically and spiritually discover what it is that makes them sound so good... then I try and apply that to scratching.
*Philosophy: Playing the turntable like a musical instrument just like any musician would do. I want to get the sounds in my head out into the real world.
*How would you like to be remembered: Someone who followed their dreams and let the dreams come forward.
*Web address: youtube.com/thudrumble