In 1989, three incredible DJs in the San Francisco Bay Area – DJ Qbert, DJ Apollo and Mix Master Mike – formed a crew called the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. As a crew, the guys took the idea of DJing to new heights by utilizing the turntable as a full-blown instrument and thinking of themselves beyond just DJs – together, they were a unit. Armed with turntablist skills unmatched by any in the world, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz developed their style and technicality to become the first ever all-DJ group.
As the Invisibl Skratch Piklz progressed, new members joined – most notoriously being A-Trak, Shortkut, Yogafrog, and D-Styles. Together, they were unstoppable. They traveled the world, won competitions, demolished their competitors – and they paved the way for other turntablist groups such as the Executioners and Beat Junkies. Following a run that lasted more than a decade, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz performed their last show as a group in 2000 at Skratchcon in San Francisco.
Qbert and D-Styles reunited for a historic reunion performance at Low End Theory San Francisco in 2011. With the addition of Shortkut, the trio of Invisibl Skratch Piklz will be embarking on their first tour together since 2000 in support of their new album, The 13th Floor.