Prime Cuts and Tony Vegas are the Scratch Perverts – a name that has become synonymous with HipHop and battle DJing ever since their formation in 1996. Their reputation as one of the world’s most progressive DJ collectives is unparalleled.
There are very few who are truly considered pioneers. Whose influence on their chosen field is as widely felt or as far reaching. In the Scratch Perverts case there’s no doubting such pioneering status. The history and pedigree of Tony Vegas and Prime Cuts is well known. A history that revolves around Soho record shops such as Soul Jazz, Mr Bongo and Deal Real in the mid 90’s. A love of hip hop but a deep love of music in general helped lay the foundations of a crew formed under the moniker we all know today. The Scratch Perverts came together with one ideal: to be the best and take on the best DJ’s put in front of them. And that they did. ITF titles, solo DMC titles plus two World Team DMC titles as the Scratch Perverts in 1999 and in 2000 as the Perverted Allies followed. They took on the world and won, leaving behind an unmatched legacy as DJ battlers.
Their reputation as turntablists would lead the Scratch Perverts into a whirlwind career as DJ’s. As residents at Fabric since the beginning, they showcase a knowledge and understanding of music and how its meant to be played. Traversing all styles, the Scratch Perverts cross over genre lines with ease in a way thats pleasing on the ears but similarly entertaining on the eyes. Check out their Fabric Live 22 mix for proof. Where else would you get Foriegn Beggars, DJ Shadow, Radiohead and Ed Rush & Optical to sit next to each other so seamlessly? Their skills have taken them round the world and back, got them support slots with the likes of the Beastie Boys and The Sex Pistols and seen them involved with the computer game DJ Hero. Let’s face it… you don’t get asked personally by John Peel to play his 60th birthday unless you’re pretty damn good.