DJ Skratch Bastid is playing a show at the Rockwater Grill and Bar on Saturday Feb. 23.

DJ Skratch Bastid is playing a show at the Rockwater Grill and Bar on Saturday Feb. 23.

East coast DJ set to rock Rockwater

One of Montreal’s most sought-after DJs is making his way out west for a show at the Rockwater Grill and Bar on Saturday, Feb. 23.

One of Montreal’s most sought-after DJs is making his way out west for a show at the Rockwater Grill and Bar on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Having rocked the bar many times, Skratch Bastid is now ready to raise the stakes. In 2012 Bastid became one of the industry’s most in-demand talents, both as a DJ and a respected producer, but don’t think it happened overnight.

From his humble beginnings a decade ago as a teenager in Halifax, pumping out mixtapes from his bedroom and earning a loyal following, he slowly spread his skills first at DJ competitions, and now around Canada and the world as a widely recognized go-to guy for party rocking.

He is increasingly recognized for his comfort and versatility in different styles — hip hop, funk, disco, club, rock, and just about every other genre that will make you dance — more and more people are getting hip to his style.

Touring city to city with a relentless drive, he’s wowed crowds from coast to coast in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and all over Europe as he averages close to 200 shows a year.

As a producer, he takes that experience from the stage and lays it down on hard-hitting original music music with a wide range of sounds. The formula earned him a Juno nomination as Producer of the Year for his work with Buck 65, which he lost to Joni Mitchell.

In the past few years he landed in Toronto, after five fruitful years in Montreal, bringing a new flavour to the city and making his first mark with a big bang.

Tickets are $10 in advance, available at the Rockwater or Plain Wayne and Jane, or $15 at the door

To hear some of Skratch Bastid’s work, go to www.skratchbastid.com.