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FROM fish inspired tunes to a sideline in tea bags, Mr Scruff, aka Andy Carthy, is not your typical DJ.

The DJ and producer may have spent the last 25 years mixing genres, from Latin and soul, to hip hop and house, but he has never stopped experimenting with music.

The DJ and producer may have spent the last 25 years mixing genres, from Latin and soul, to hip hop and house, but he has never stopped experimenting with music.

“In terms of satisfying your creative need, you have to take risks,” he said.

“If you keep playing the same tunes every night, as a band or DJ, you end up in a rut.

“Because I’ve been pushing myself constantly in every gig, people expect stuff that’s weird and wonderful.

“It’s about me discovering all this amazing music, new or old, and wanting to share it with people.”

That willingness to take risks has seen some kooky tunes emerge from Scruff, including his fish-themed tracks, overlaying spoken word on a hip hop base.

“It’s a really nice way to combine my obsessive geekiness with my Monty Python-esque British humour. It just happened that I had a lot of spoken word records about fishing and the ocean.

“I’ve not got plans to do anymore. Having done five down-tempo, whimsical tracks, how much further can I take it?

“Musically, I just go where my mind wanders. That should always be the way.”

Many of Carthy’s tracks are accompanied by the fine art graduate’s own cartoon drawings, drawn in ‘potato style.’

“They go with the music really well. It’s good to have an element of fun, music shouldn’t be taken too seriously. You’ve got little phrases and characters popping up on screen. It’s almost like having a cartoon MC with you.

“Because it’s a 40-year-old geek playing, it’s nice to have a bit of help from my 2D potato friends.”

Carthy’s songs have been used in a number of TV shows and adverts for brands such as Volvo and France Telecom, including his most notable hit Get a Move On.

But it’s not just his music that Mr Scruff is famed for.

After beginning to sell tea at his club nights back in 2000, the DJ was pestered by fans into setting up his own organic tea company, www.makeusabrew.com.

Mr Scruff: Keep it Unreal club night is at Warwick Arts Centre this Saturday, November 24.

 

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