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Mr Bristow / Press

“Still unconvinced that there are millions to be made from flogging a mash-up EP on Juno download, Mr Bristow pops out another free nugget of cheeky action like some sort of bootleg birthing machine.”

“Some people like to save up their bootlegs for an EP release. Some people even like to spam every label they can think of until some beleaguered soul gives them an ‘official’ release for cold cash money. Not Mr Bristow though.”

“You have a very unique skill that adds variety to your mixes . Can you tell a bit about that? I am a turntablist so always try and add some scratching element in whatever I do – I love cutting and splicing different genres together and creating mash ups etc”

“Mr Bristow shows some scratch techniques.”

“So you’ve finally bagged that elusive DJ gig… but what should you do when you’re there? Aside from the obvious requirement of playing a set of course, there are quite a few other things that can be done to enhance the experience. This will vary from place to place, but if you’re new to the game you could be missing some vital opportunities if you’re not clued up.”

“This article, assuming you have successfully moved from the bedroom to the club and secured yourself a gig, will hopefully steer you clear of some of these terrible misfortunes, with some handy tips that aim to make your life that little bit easier when it comes to taking on professional work as a DJ.”


“everything was made a lot simpler by the course tutor, Ben Bristow. Ben, who is most definitely a jack of all trades as far as DJing goes, explained everything we needed to know in a way that was understandable and pretty easy to pick up – in fact, every week I was at the college I was hit with a new revelation.”

“Ben finishes the class by showing us some more scratching techniques – he’s so casual when he does it and makes it look easy… every step of the way he explains things in such a way that is very easy to grasp, dropping in history lessons every now and then too”

“Ben shows us how to handle the CDJ decks – advising us that we can be quite tough with them and not to pussyfoot around…”

“''Ben does a great job of tending to each student individually, and makes sure everyone understands what he’s just explained to us by running through it face-to-face.''”

“The good news however, is that there are a number of applications and plug-ins available for free on the interweb, that can seriously help with your quest for DJ super stardom and production prowess, whilst saving you a few pennies in the process.”

“''DJ tutor Ben Bristow (DJ name: Mr Bristow) will need a masters degree in patience if he's to prevent himself from slamming my hands into the decks. Mr Bristow reaches for Lazy (Original Mix) by X-Press 2 and Billie Jean (Bushwacka! Remix) by Michael Jackson.”

“Myself & Swifty B have been awarded the 'Converse DJ Team of the year' award-check out the mix that was played on XFM here - http://soundcloud.com/swifty-b/swifty-b-mr-bristow-mashup-mix-volume-1- Part 2 coming soon- watch this space!”

“''Quality Stuff from the man like Mr Bristow!''- General MIDI”

“ '' Particular favourites for me in this competition has to go to Mr Bristow and Swifty B for an amazingly refreshing mix that was completely unexpected, and far from your usual club demo. Playing everything from Ghostbusters and Sinatra, to ATB’s Killer and pumping electro. It also included some awesome rapping courtesy of Swifty, and some amazing scratching that made this demo hard to put down.'' - |Jason, Don't Stay In.com”

“Day Two sees us move onto little aspects like effects: echo, vibrate, and flanger. You what now? It seems to transform tracks into some ridiculously warped, echoey shadow-sound. I’m back on the vinyl, and playing around with some effects to mix it up a little, and it does a good job for disguising ever so slight errors/ miss-timings (ahem). A lady is unwittingly making me laugh by asking “Do DJs sing? What if a DJ wants to sing during a set?” and I guess all this learning has got me all overtired. Ben breaks into a beatbox, and also goes for a bit of scratching. We're all kind of enchanted, in the same way hyperactive six year-olds are by balloon animals. A round of applause!”

““My friend at school bought some decks and I played drums so I knew I would be good at it in terms of rhythm - he taught me the basics and then I got my own decks and practiced until I was better than he was.””

“This culminated in a hook up with turntablist Mr.Bristow and an unusual 6 deck set at Bar Oporto in London where the fusion of House, Techno, Breaks, Hiphop and D&B got a surprisingly positive reaction considering the very mixed crowd.”