There are a lot of great DJs slash producers out there, but none of them get my vote like Mr Scruff does. Aside from putting out some amazing albums of electronic music, he is also a great illustrator, marathon DJ and tea enthusiast.
Born Andrew Carthy, Scruff started DJing in 1994 at the age of 22 around Manchester, England. His name came from his scruffy facial hair and odd cartooning style. He released his first single, “Hocus Pocus” on the small Rob’s records label. He dropped his first album “Mr Scruff” soon after, but due to some odd choices of lay out, it is often referred to as “Mrs Cruff.” Eventually he would transition over the the trip hop centric Ninja Tune label.
To be honest, you’ve probably heard of Mr Scruff even if you weren’t aware of it thanks to his big hit “Get a Move On” which was used in multiple commercials.
He is kind of considered a national treasure in England and amongst fans world-wide for his six hour or longer sets, where most DJs would only play for two or three. And his taste…where to begin? It’s hard to pin down, but I’d venture to say he likes any kind of music that’s good, which covers a lot. So a set could begin with some Orchestra Baobab and end up six hours later with some Macka B. But the musical journey in between is wonderful to say the least.
He has an avid fan club on his website too HERE, as well as a popular line of teas (yes…teas!)
But better yet, Scruff has an active Soundcloud page that you should book mark HERE, where he regularly posts new work and giant DJ sets like the ones I’ve posted below. That’s eighteen hours of music right there.
If you are savvy enough to join his fan club, you’ll receive updates, announcements and even download codes for some of said 6 hour sets…which make for excellent iPod stuffing.