Oct 7th – DJ Q-Bert was born Richard Quitevis in San Francisco , California , on this day in 1969.
Q-Bert began his career in 1989 with Mix Master Mike and DJ Apollo in a group called Shadow Of The Prophet , later changing their name to FM20.
In 1992 FM20 were invited by legendary b-boy Crazy Legs to join his famed Rock Steady Crew and tour with them as The Rock Steady DJ’s , which garnered the group much attention.
The same year the group took 1st prize at The Disco Mix Club World Championships in the group category.It would be the 1st of several DMC titles Q-Bert would take as part of a group or as a solo d.j..
Q-Bert would later form the Invisibl Skratch Piklz which would consist of Mike and Apollo as well as Dj Disk , Shortkut , DJ Flare , Yogafrog , D-Styles and future Kanye West D.j. A-Trak. The Invisbl Skratch Piklz presented themselves as a band and performed as such with each dj providing different instrumental parts of songs with their turn-table work.
Q-Bert has released2 solo albums ; 1994’s “Demilition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik” and 1998’s “Wave Tistas” which became an animated feature in 2001.
Q-Bert has worked with Vestax to develop an all scratching instrument in one with both the turntable and cross-fader mixer in the same component. Ortofon has also put out the “Q-Bert turn-table cartridge.
In 2009 , Q-Bert launched the online “Q-Bert Skracth University”. Q-Bert has also been credited with inventing the world’s famous “crab scratch”.