Mr.Scruff (aka. Andy Carthy) is an absolute master of the decks with almost 20 years experience under his belt. The best thing is, he isn’t planning on hanging up his headphones anytime soon. Stuart of Mojo20 recently spoke to the legend himself ahead of his anticipated return to Lincoln Engine Shed on Friday May 17th. Here’s what he had to say:
So you’re touring at the moment & heading to such places as Hamburg, Belfast & Groningen, how does playing in a small city like Lincoln measure up to those gigs?
Lincoln measures up very well! There are a lot of people who are really into music in Lincoln, and I get the impression that the city doesn’t get as many good gigs as it deserves, so people really make an effort for a good night out.
When was the last time you played in Lincoln, and how was it for you?
My only previous Lincoln gig was at the Engine Shed in October 2011. The crew was good, the sound was lovely, and the crowd was really mixed & friendly. We set up the decks in front of the stage for a more intimate atmosphere & had a brilliant time. My kind of night!
With your incredibly eclectic music taste, what would you consider to be your top inspirations and influences towards your own music?
All sorts… DJ wise; John Peel, Steve Barker, Stu Allan, Greg Wilson, Qool Marv, Robert Luis, Kelvin Brown, Nick the Record, Afrika Bambaataa. Musically; The Specials, Leroy Burgess, Roy Ayers, Pete Rock, Lee Perry, Denis Jones, Mark Pritchard, Theo Parrish, Larry Heard, Sun Ra, Moondog, Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor.. the list is endless. Basically, people who are making or playing good & intriguing music with an edge.
2008 saw the release of the LP ‘Ninja Tuna’, but I’m sure everybody wants to know, are there any plans for another LP in the near future?
Indeed! There should be another album later on this year. Just finishing it off at the moment.
‘Get A Move On’ has been used frequently in adverts and tv shows over the years, what do you think it is about the song that is so appealing to TV producers?
It has loads of energy, its great fun & has a timeless quality, so it fits in with lots of situations.
What has been a career highlight for you?
For me, doing something I love & getting to travel to different places, playing great gigs & meeting & working with lovely & enthusiastic people is a constant highlight.
Any big plans or ambitions for the future?
No massive plans, just to keep on doing my best & making sure that I enjoy every minute of it!
For more information on Mr.Scruff and his upcoming gig dates, check out one of the following: