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Starting from Scratch
Originally from Montreal, Starting from Scratch moved to Toronto during high school where he was first introduced to the art of DJing. Scratch explored this new world alongside childhood friends like Director X and Russell Peters, the latter of which was DJing himself at the time. After years of building his skillset, he caught his first break at 18 as a fill-in DJ at a Naughty By Nature show in Toronto. Coming from relative obscurity, Scratch campaigned for a spot when the scheduled DJ didn’t show. He impressed the crowd and immediately received more job offers. By the time Flow 93-5 came knocking, Scratch was an established nightclub DJ, often spinning five nights a week.
Coming from a family of musical minds (his father a singer, mother working for Warner Bros. and his stepdad a drummer), DJing was a natural choice. But unlike some DJs, Scratch has always been more interested in moving crowds with his sets than with his voice.
Adding to his already stellar resume, Scratch has worked with artists such as Kanye West, John Legend and Kardinal Offishall and received gold and platinum plaques for his creative input. With another avenue for his creative instincts to flourish, Scratch became well known on both sides of the border as a gatekeeper, influencer and authority on music and cool.