Mr. Pickles

Mr. Pickles

Mr. Pickles

I lived in the upper peninsula of Michigan until I was 21 years old. It was there that I found my love of records and scratching.

When I was 17, I started playing CDs at the Alpha Addition in Sault Ste Marie, MI. I lived above the bar with DJ Kidd. I happened to be in the right place the night he pulled a no show and from that moment forward I found my life’s passion. Shortly after I took residency, I found my pair of technic 1200 MK2s rotting away in the basement. I had no idea at the time what I even had. The year was 1994.

In 1995, I met DJ Technition who had recently moved from Milwaukee. He taught me how to beat match, chirp and transform scratch. He also took me on my first dig which became my spot for years to come.

In 1996, I met Trademark, DJ Wonderbread, DJ Unity and Papercut at New Moon Records. The crew at New Moon hipped me to a culture I may have not know had they not worked there.

In 1998, I met my wife. I was DJing a house party when she bumped my table and scratched Killing Me Softly by the Fugees. She has been my biggest inspiration in music. I love her dearly.

Fast forward to the year 2000, when my wife and I moved to Metro Detroit. I met a few people that year. I was introduced to Eric Hinchman who eventually asked me to be a part of a night of down tempo chill music at the Buddha Lounge called Relax. I also met DJ Defiant at Record Time. He would give me opening slots where I was able to experiment intermingling different genres of music. In 2003, Dialtone, Secondhand and myself released the Formless Figures LP. As a record digger it was my dream to one day add to the pile.

Over the next few years I would take on the DJ role for Skrapz. In 2005, we released the 12 Step Program on Genetic Soil. It was during this time I started to play Funk and Soul 45s at the Berkley Front. The night was called Pickled Soul.

In 2007, my wife and I started a family and I wouldn’t return to music until 2012. I am currently working on scratch loopers, the first release is now available, which are free download-able (Windows & Mac compatible) tools to help turntablists practice their techniques.

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