Slash N' Scratch

Mix Master Mike puts the needle to the metal

"The stuff I'm doing now is more out there, much more hypnotic than before. I'm very influenced by those real cheesy Seventies sci-fi flicks. Stuff like Thunderbird [6] and Ultraman, that kind of weird shit."

Cyklops is about as weird as shit gets. Imagine Captain Beefheart on turntables and you get an idea. The ravaged tracks warp, loop, freak, spill, and splatter across jazz riffs, hip-hop raps, B-movie outtakes, and the strange but true language of Mike's fingers manhandling the vinyl. It's a wacked-out soundtrack for a yet unwritten film and will have even his hard-core fans scratching their heads at times.

Asked how he thinks such "fourth dimension" music will be received, he answers matter-of-factly. "Oh, my friends think I've lost my mind," he laughs, "but that only inspires me more."

Cold-blooded wax-killer Mix Master Mike
Cold-blooded wax-killer Mix Master Mike

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Also egging him on are the thousands of metal heads who are taking surprisingly well to his unorthodox way of jump-starting a GNR show. Granted it's still early in the tour, but Mike has yet to encounter the stone-faced, arms-folded reaction of the confused and unimpressed that has greeted some DJs who try the crossover.

"It's been great so far," he says of his odd inclusion among the metal icons. "It's a big-ass fucking party with 20,000 people every night. I get to go berserk off one table and then start cutting up drums on another. I get almost an hour to mash everything together so I really don't have time to build up or nothing. I just come out and hit them in the face."

Such aggressive behavior fits right in with the arenas full of fans who yearn to hear Axl and Slash rip through "Welcome to the Jungle" one more time. But before hitting that Eighties climax the slashers are getting a quick hit off Mike's own outer-limit sonic atmosphere. Scratch music may never be the same.

"I definitely wanted to do this," he says of the tour opportunity. "I was never a big fan of Guns N' Roses but a lot of people are, and for me to be able to bring my music to such a mass audience was just too good to pass up."

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