25 years of building bridges and staying true to the values of being original and contributing to the global turntablist scene, the crew speaks a bit about the pioneering record and crews history.
This year we celebrate a pioneering record that came out in 1993 produced by 3 DJ's from the San Francisco Bay Area, DJ's Cue, Eddie Def, and Quest also know as the Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters.
They wanted to create a record that was made for DJ's who battle, create routines, or just want to cut it up without needing to carry a whole crate of records. They worked on a Mac Classic II using MOTU Performer, an Emu Emax II sampler fully loaded with 8 MB of RAM, and a Tascam 4-Track in DJ's Cue's studio. Since the release of Hamster Breaks there has been may other DJ battle breaks records with many of the same styles created on Hamster Breaks. As technology has improved, so has the way the records are made as well as the digital files created for routines. DJ's now no longer need to have a record collection to put together a routine or practice unless they choose to make the effort to do so.
Materials from the pressing plant. Rainbo Records in CA Hamster Breaks wasn't just part of the beginning of dj battle records and the scratch scene, it was part of a beginning of so may new ways of thinking for DJ's. The DJ was becoming the front of the band and many DJ's just became the whole group with no vocal artists. The era spawned groups from all parts of the world and DJ's started to become the modern day rock stars they sort of are today. One thing Hamster Breaks always pushed as its identity was that it was vinyl. It was sold with a message to "Keep Vinyl Alive". The original 500 copies had Keep Vinyl Alive stickers on the sleeves and in the sleeve as a gift to the DJ's. That message has still been a force in the crew who has released dozens of records since 1993. DJ Cue has also created the Keep Vinyl Alive shirts which have been seen all over the world by vinyl junkies.