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  Qbert and Dstyles
by Melissa Howell

This interview was conducted at an Outerlimits party in June 2001 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Lunar: Do you two ever go out and party, or are you more of a homebody type?

Dstyles: We have friends we go out with and kick it with. We go out to watch jazz bands.

Lunar: What is your favorite genre of music?

Dstyles: Jazz and scratching.

Lunar: What inspired you to start scratching?

Qbert: Just messin' around on the tables.

Lunar: How old were you when you started scratching?

Qbert and Dstyles: Fifteen.

Lunar: What is behind the names Qbert and Dstyles?

Qbert and Dstyles: They were from high school—we had tons of names in high school.

Lunar: What did your parents think of you scratching?

Qbert and Dstyles: THEY HATED IT! But they have gotten used to it now.

Lunar: Do you see turntabalisim being just as popular 10 years from now?

Dstyles: Probably more popular!

Lunar: Do you ever see turntabalisim taking over?

Qbert: Naw, there will still be both.

Lunar: Are you guys working on anything right now?

Dstyles: I am working on a solo album. It should be out in September.

Lunar: What should we expect from it?

Dstyles: It is more of a darker hip hop—there will be a lot of obscure stuff, like early '80s hip hop on it.

Lunar: What direction do you see the scene heading in?

Dstyles: I don't think you can stop the parties. If they ban something, they will do it somewhere else.

Lunar: You have been doing this for so long...people get burnt out...what inspires you to keep going out and doing this?

Dstyles: I think we are always getting better. There is so much more music and techniques to be discovered. We are still hungry to learn. It's a life long process of continued learning!

We didn't have much time for an interview, but in those ten or fifteen minutes of being around Qbert and Dstyles I learned a lot. Their energy is amazing!


cover art Wave Twisters, Episode 7 Million: Sonic Wars Within the Protons
Compiled and mixed by DJ Qbert
Record Label:
Galactic Butt Hair
Track Listing:

  1. Turntable TV (Re-Vizion)
  2. A Word from Fresh Breath Mouthwash
  3. Enter the Wave Twisters
  4. Inner Space Dental Commander
  5. Redworm
  6. Cosmic Assassins
  7. Destination: Quasar
  8. Paranoia
  9. Invasion of the Octopus People
  10. Electric Eye Beam Abduction
  11. Razorblade Alcohol Slide
  12. Sneak Attack
  13. Movement 1: Quadraphonic Element Download
  14. Movement 2: 6 Fingered Fury
  15. Movement 3: Inside-Out Body Warp
  16. Turntable TV (Blueprint)
  17. Aphrodisiskratch

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