Filipino DJ lauded for talents, educational initiatives
The fans have spoken – DJ Qbert was recently named America’s Best DJ by popular vote in a contest held by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ, reports Melodika.net. He beat out 100 other DJs in the U.S., in part because he pioneered what is known as skratch, a technique heard in many dance clubs.
“We’re thrilled for Qbert that the voters supported him in such numbers,” Jim Tremayne, DJ Times editor, told the news source. “Obviously he’s always commanded respect from the DJs, but its’ great to know that the fans still hold him in such high regard.”
DJ Qbert also runs the Qbert Skratch University, an online institution that mentors DJs around the world. Amateur and professional DJs alike can learn from the large library of video curriculum made available, and submit their own lessons for QBert’s review. Lessons available at Skratch University include Setup and Gear, Helpful Hints, Freestyle and Basic Master Classes, Beat Juggling and Skratching with DJ Qbert.
The DJ, who is also known as Richard Quitevis, says that he doesn’t allow himself to be self conscious when he’s dropping beats. “It’s all about being in the zone, letting your spirit go,” the 40-year-old told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Who cares what you look like? What matters is the actual sound coming out of the instrument. The feeling, the emotion and all the energy flowing out of you- stuff that you cant’ even see, but you can feel it.”
Quitevis has jammed out in clubs all over the world, but he hasn’t forgotten his roots. The DJ is proud of his Filipino heritage, and fondly recalls a visit to his father’s hometown in Vigan, Philippines. There he saw a simpler lifestyle, and was inspired by the creativity of some of the citizens of the city.
“Back in Vigan, I saw children making small wooden carts by fastening rubber bands around the wheels and other parts of the toy,” he told PhilStar.com. “Their creativity is amazing!”
Filipino citizens may have to make due with fewer resources, as many people in the nation are stricken with poverty. Fortunately, workers in the U.S. who send money to the Philippinescan help family members pay for education, medical supplies and basic needs, according to the Migration Information Source.