If the name's the game, then Q-Burns Abstract Message is the right play. Taken from the DJ term for the scars a record gets from too much cueing or scratching, it's the kinda tag only a divining vinyl enthusiast would devise the mark that spells all, the read between the grooves we've gouged. And there's a helluva lotta read to Q-BAM's gouged grooves. Louisiana-born and Orlando-based might account for an en-Gulf-ing arc, but it's the whole wild aural world that's given Q-BAM his breadth. And his depth. As remixer, he has recast a cast that stars everyone from Rabbit and the Moon to Lawrence Welk (really); as remixee, he's had fine folk like Tetris and Lovesky repay the favors. As producer, Q-BAM is even among the stellar sound-slingers who twiddled the knobs behind Jim White's Luaka Bop offering, No Such Place, which gives him cred no mere turntablist could ever muster. Collagist, sculptor, environmentalist, magician even when he spins, the man stretches sound into something more than all we hear. Are you listening?
Q-Burns Abstract Message, along with DJ Diz,
spins at 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the
Laundry Bar, 721 Lincoln Ln, Miami Beach.
Admission is free. Call 305-531-7700 for more