1 How did you first come to see this movie?
Ummmmmmm…. I think it may have been totally at random.
2 What makes it a movie worth owning?
I feel like I could probably watch this movie a couple more times. It is interesting, informative.
3 What are your favorite parts?
4 What do you relate to in the movie?
I always wished I could play an instrument. My first attempt was the drums. Then I dabbled on the bass guitar. When my grandfather passed, I got his ukulele and I played that for a while in college. But I never got good at any of the instruments. What I like about scratching is that it takes an apparatus that is not traditionally an instrument and it turns it into one. By manipulating the needle on the record, you can make all sorts of sounds and rhythms and beats.
5 Who is your favorite character and why?
Probably DJ Qbert. Of all the music I got after watching this documentary, his was the first and my favorite. He uses a lot of clips from sci-fi movies. In the movie he says as a kid he had a Fischer Price record player and he used to play records backwards on it. Me too.
6 How did this movie make you feel?
Cool. I like being introduced to new music, and this film opened up a whole new genre for me.
After the movie
1 How accurate were your memories of this movie?
I got bored a couple times. Maybe it was just the time of night, or, I don’t know. I felt there was only so much scratching you can really listen to all at once.
2 How much had you forgotten?
3 Do you still like this movie?
Yes. I liked how obsessed they became with honing their craft. DXT tells Qbert that he must have spent a lot of time indoors. And when Steve Dee taught himself the turntables, he read that if he gave up women, alcohol, everything and just focused on practicing, in a year he would be good. And that was what he did.
4 Did you have any new feelings or experiences?
There is this sense of interconnectedness. Scratching takes old recorded records and cuts them up to make new pieces. A lot of the DJs talk about scratching as a language, of tapping into something extralingual (my word) that speaks beyond what is known.
5 What is the take-away?
For me, I had always sort of ruled out rap and hip-hop music as a genre that I was interested in. But you can never rule anything out.
6 How do you think watching the movie impacted/ will impact your future actions if at all?
I definitely got into a lot of scratching and scratch-related music like Cut Chemist, DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, Qbert, Kid Koala, Mix Master Mike, etc. How will it the future now that I’ve watched it again? TBD.