One of the regrets I have of not going to NAMM this year was witnessing the Invisibl Skratch Piklz on the Pioneer stage. Apparently it was a roadblock every time they played, and while Ray tried his level best to get tripod steady live audio feed footage like the Chris Karns one, it wasn’t to be. Luckily Pete did what he does best and got in the thick of it to pull a full 20 minute performance from Qbert, Shortkut, and D-Styles.

Invisibl Skratch Piklz Qbert Shortkut D-Styles NAMM 2015 (1)

It’s rough and ready, but it’s up-close and personal, and the sound isn’t too shabby either. And it’s interesting that while many obsess over infinite details in scratch focussed gear, the Piklz jump on four channel DJM club mixers and put out performances that would ordinarily be expected from mixers with more scratch friendly features. It does open up the debate about skill and practice being more important than having the very latest gear to make up for our lack of abilities, or willingness to train hard – and equally a secondary debate about just how much shiny you actually need to rock a crowd.


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