CDJ Show 2017 Guest - Starting From Scratch

Revered as one of the top 100 most powerful people in music, DJ Starting from Scratch is considered by many, to be one of the greatest DJs on the planet. Heard across country twice daily and on Saturday nights on Virgin Radio Canada, Scratch continues to push the creative envelope, inspiring a generation of DJs following in his footsteps.

Scratch has always been more interested in moving crowds with his sets than with his voice. His hesitancy to be in the spotlights is an ironic quality for a DJ of his caliber and an insecurity that was tested in 2008 when Usher invited him on tour.

By this time, he'd been touring with Russell Peters for three years (which he continues to this day) and performed in front of stadium-sized crowds. Scratch also would tour with R&B songstress and BET 106 & Park Host, Keshia Chante and later, George Lopez & Carlos Santana further breaking barriers and exposing his incredible musical sensibilities to the masses.

Adding to his already stellar resume, Scratch had also worked with artists Kanye West, John Legend & Kardinal Offishall and received gold and platinum plaques for his creative input. With another avenue for his creative instincts to flourish, Scratch became well renowned on both sides of the border as a gatekeeper, influencer and authority on music and the epitome of cool.

Starting from Scratch will be hosting the 2017 Canadian DMC Battleground – East Coast Scratch Competition – Presented by Pioneer DJ on the main stage at the 2017 CDJ Show, Sunday, March 12th, 2017. He will also be a featured guest during the seminar entitled "In Rotation with DMC Canada" – Presented by Pioneer DJ later that day.


  • Official DJ for Russell Peters, George Lopez, & Keshia Chante
  • Toured with Usher in 2008
  • National DJ for Virgin Radio Canada, after being the mix show resident on Flow 93.5 for 13 1/2 years
  • Weekly resident on Radio One in Dubai with Dany Neville (#1 Urban show in the Middle East)
  • Produced records with Kanye West, John Legend, Faith Evans, Kardinal Offishall & many more


  • 2013 International DJ Of the Year at the 1st Global Spin Awards in New York City
  • Four-time "Now Magazine" winner for #1 DJ
  • Five-time Toronto Nightclub Awards Winner for DJ Of the Year
  • Three-time Stylus Award Winner
  • Lifetime Achievement Award recipient voted by the Toronto Record Industry
  • "Eye Magazine" DJ Of the Year in 2004
  • Four-time Toronto Record Pool Award Winner for DJ Of the Year
  • Four-time CUMA Award recipient for DJ Of the Year
  • Awarded "DJ Of the Decade" for the 90s by the Toronto Record Pool Association
  • Named the "Greatest of All Time" by the Flavor Record Pool
  • Featured in Vibe Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the music industry


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