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 schoolwe 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 hopthere 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!
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