Monday May 11, 2015

Skratch Bastid and The Afiara Quartet blend scratch and strings

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The Afiara Quartet and Skratch Bastid want to smash the border between classical music and hip hop. The artists join forces in studio q to perform from their new record, Spin Cycle, and sit down with Shad to discuss the magic of the genre-crossing mash-up.

The mutual respect is palpable as the quartet and the DJ explain what drew them toward one another — and although some may see them as an unlikely pairing, the artists point out that they have much in common. 

"We have a palette of colours and sounds, and he has whole crates of samples and recordings that he can use,"says cellist Adrian Fung, adding that the DJ is "touching sounds" when he scratches. 

"That's kind of what we're doing when we come to our strings. There's a tactile sense of how we make sound."  

Smash the Borders

Skratch Bastid and The Afiara Quartet want a new species of music to emerge from the commingling of their musical eco-systems. (Skratch Bastid/The Afiara Quartet)

WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for Spin Cycle below, and tell us: what do you think of this cross-pollination?