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A lot of things have happened since a young Andy Carthy started answering to the name Mr Scruff - making a name for himself under the shadow Manchester's mid 90s club scene. Not only has he released three critically acclaimed albums, 1995's Mr Scruff (reissues in 2005), 1999's monstrous Keep It Unreal and 2002's Trouser Jazz, but with countless tours and club events he has cemented his 'legendary' DJ status (an accolade thrust upon our self depreciating hero by his adoring public, rather than media based analysts). This is a DJ that can sell out the 1600 capacity London Forum armed only with his records, some turntables and a few spare packets of teabags.
Andy Carthy's transformation from humble supermarket shelf stacker to world-beating DJ and gold-selling artist Mr Scruff is well and truly complete. Since his first vinyl excursion he has recorded & remixed for over 25 labels including Warp, Sirkus, Disorient, Blood & Fire, Cup Of Tea, Grand Central and, of course, Ninja Tune. For a full run down of recordings & mixes, visit www.mrscruff.com/accessible/discography.aspx.
Mr Scruff's Keep It Unreal nights cover a large range of genres and moods, all tied together with his sheer love of great music as well as supreme but unflashy DJ skills, and form an opportunity for the public to completely enter the Scruff world. A team of diligent professionals arrives early in the day to spend hours getting a venue ready with projectors, screens, Scruff's own equipment, the merch stall, and of course tweaking with the PA system to get the sound as perfect as possible!
A brief summary for those who need to know:
Residencies: Keep It Unreal, monthly at Music Box, Manchester; 'Etch' monthly at Concorde II, Brighton.
Regular spots: The Forum, Kentish Town, London; Carling Academy Bristol; Digital, Newcastle.
Preferred set length: all night - ideally 5 or 6 hours, or from when doors open till it's time to go home! This will cover many different types of music, including blues, reggae, hip hop, deep house, gospel, broken beat, electro, soul, funk, jazz, latin, african & more.
The set-up: "For UK gigs, I normally bring all my own equipment, including a modified Vestax PMC-CX pro mixer, 3xVestax PDX2300 mk2 pro turntables with hi fi tonearms, 2xCDJ1000s, D2 digital delay & SIDD EQ/Dynamic Compressor unit. In 95% of cases, I use an 8ft steeldeck on a stage, rather than a DJ booth. We also use two screens for our visuals. I am really fussy about sound quality, preferring systems such as v-=dos, Funktion One or similar. If a sound system is not up to scratch, we generally ask for a quality one to be hired in."
The show: Mr. Scruff playing records all night, 2 visuals screens, 1 tea/merch stall.
The Scruff Crew: We tend to travel with a tour bus carrying a soundman, visuals tech, rigger, two tea shop staff & tour manager.
See Mr Scruff's website for some fantastic examples of animated drawings, a great archive and of course up-to-date gig info at www.mrscruff.com