Cover stories: That’s funny. The twins on the September cover of this magazine are wearing saris and jeweled bindis. And September’s cover of this magazine has a headline for their cover piece taking readers “inside the city’s wild new music scene — a tour through rock, hip-hop, and house to the genius of DJ Qbert.” But that curly-mopped lanky dude with the Led Zeppelin T-shirt, that couldn’t be Qbert, could it? Nah. It’s Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind instead.
Thank goodness Sheerly Avni’s article is worth the two months she says she spent living on C— Lights, screwdrivers and coffee to write it.
And I give Jenkins cool points for discoursing on cred and the Invisibl Scratch Piklz: “I made music to make my own world. I didn’t make it to create borders and exclude others — which is what having cred is all about. … Qbert is the Dalai Lama of scratching. And their recognition is coming, don’t worry. But then what will happen to their cred? Oh no! Fuck you, cred motherfuckers.”
And Qbert has something to say, too: “I just like to dig up new sounds, find new things — you have to continue growing. And I don’t mind being sampled by others. I believe in Karma, and I think music should just make people happy.”