A lot has changed since DJ Skribble first stepped behind a pair of turntables.
Born Scott Ialacci, the Long Island DJ first made a name for himself in the early 1990s as a member of New York rap group the Young Black Teenagers. After two albums garnered only mediocre success, the group split, but Skribble scratched forward, eventually establishing himself as an internationally known DJ, producer and radio personality.
Over the past two decades, Skribble has spun for some of the biggest names in hip-hop ” including Grandmaster Flash, Wyclef Jean and the Notorious B.I.G. As a DJ in NYC, he helped expose up-and-coming artists to the masses over the airwaves of top hip-hop station Hot 97.1-FM.
At 40, Skribble’s music has evolved and grown with him throughout the years. From hip-hop to house and electro, and now returning to his hip-hop roots, his style and approach to DJing are changing alongside new technology and an always-dynamic pop culture landscape.
DJ Skribble will step behind the decks for a 10 p.m. Friday set at Bricktown’s Skyy Bar Ultra Lounge.
“With the way kids listen to music, things are evolving so fast right now,” Skribble said. “Right now, it’s kind of a good thing because the tempo of everything has come up so much. It’s funny watching a lot of these hip-hop kids play house music now, because a lot of kids are into electro and stuff like that ” which is great for me since I’ve been playing house and electro for years ” so it’s kind of an easy thing to stay with.”
He said new technology made recently available to DJs has only improved his creativity and production.
“Things are so different now,” he said. “Obviously from starting out with vinyl and bringing 13 boxes of records with you, to now we have Serato and Traktor. There’s just lots of new toys to enhance it all.”
Although he’s using his laptop as the centerpiece of his setup, Skribble isn’t about to give up mixing on vinyl altogether.
“I still use the vinyl version of these programs so I’m still playing with the vinyl, but it’s just giving me a lot more tools,” he said. “All I’m using the computer for is that instead of having 13 boxes of records behind me. I have my crates of records in a hard drive.”
Skribble said he’s also noticed changes in the style of music people want to hear at parties and clubs.
“I’m starting to see the crowds come back around to where they used to be, where everybody’s into everything now,” he said. “It’s not just you’re playing hip-hop or you’re playing dance music; they want to hear a little bit of everything. I don’t know if that means everyone has ADD like myself or they think it’s just more exciting.
“You need to give them a little bit of hip-hop and you throw in a little electro and you throw in a little mashup and mix in a little top 40 to get the girls going. A good DJ should be able to play everything.””James Lovett