TURNTABLE VET SKRATCH BASTID WANTS TO INVITE YOU TO HIS MEMORIAL DAY BBQ!!! YOU DOWN?
Who’s ready for Memorial Day Weekend?!!!
There will be food, drinks, and fun in the sun at The Phoenix Hotel for Canadian turntablist Skratch Bastid’s famously well-known Bastid’s BBQ!!
Bastid’s BBQ will feature some other very talented DJs such as Just Blaze and Cosmo Baker. You could be grilling by the poolside, eating up some of Bastid’s signature sauces. Yes, you heard what I said, he has his own Skratch Bastid “Hot Sauce”, “Garlic Hot Sauce”, “Jerk Sauce Rub & Seasoning”, and other merchandise.
SF Weekly got the chance to speak with the veteran DJs, Skratch Bastid and Cosmo Baker, about their barbecue favorites, what to play while poolside, and of course their musical history.
SFW: What finally inspired you to take Bastid’s BBQ on the road?
SB: There’s too much fun to be had to just keep it in one place! I’ve been doing the barbecues in Toronto for seven years now and it has become a major part of my year there. It’s my favorite gig of the year, hands down. Good vibes, good music, and good people coming together to enjoy those things.
People from other cities saw the videos and kept saying I should take it on the road, so I did. We’ve been touring it for three years in Canada, and San Francisco will be our first stateside grill. Every city has a different style, which makes each city’s barbecue unique, and I can’t wait to see how the great city of San Francisco responds to something I am very passionate about.
SFW: What’s the ultimate barbecue must-have food and what’s your specialty, if you are behind the grill?
SB: I think at a barbecue, you first have to take care of the basics: burgers and sausages. Have something for the vegetarians out there, too — I see you! If I’m behind the grill, I’m cooking up some jerk chicken with my Bastid’s Jerk Sauce! I wouldn’t sell it if I didn’t love it. Crowd pleaser, every time.
CB: I could go on for days about barbecue. If we’re talking about traditional Texas barbecue, it’s got to be proper brisket. Shout out to Black’s BBQ in Lockhart, Texas. Or if you’re going to go the Carolina route, a good pulled-pork is the move, but not too heavy on the vinegar base, and make sure your slaw isn’t too watery. As for me, being behind the grill, sadly I’m not super proficient, so I just leave that up to the masters!
SFW: You’ll be poolside this Sunday at The Phoenix Hotel. What are the keys for selecting the soundtrack to a great pool party?
CB: Vibes is everything. And the right Roy Ayers song played at the right time.