Kwote is a professional turntablist, composer and scratch dj instructor based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He has a wide range of influences, including but not limited to:
D-Styles, Toadstyle, Myka 9, Hip Hop Kclan, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Stanley Clark, Tangerine Dream, Autechre, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman and Tom Hess.
In 2010 Kwote was featured with multiple artists throughout the
world on a Guitar based compilation entitled,
'Shrouded In Sound'.
His particular track on the album features funky bass, milky lead guitar and infectious scratching over a solid electronic groove. Kwote has derived great inspiration from this project and will be incorporating that energy into future releases and live performances.
His primary background in music began in 1996 as a Hip-Hop DJ. Over the course of a year Kwote discovered the thrill of scratching and commenced to put much more effort towards those ends. By 2002 he had multiple open turntable sessions throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles under his belt and was ready to embark on his path of turntablism based music production.
Over time Kwote found it essential for his art to expand with the acquisition of a modular synthesizer. This led him to involvement in multiple independent releases and airplay on various podcasts in 2008-2009.
In early 2009 Kwote began playing electric guitar and soon found out how much transferable knowledge could be used towards realizing his goals in scratching.
It was during this time in Tom's mentoring program that he realized how important it was for him to share his knowledge of scratching with others. Kwote now regularly releases free instructional articles and ebooks for Turntablists of all skill levels, as well as offers direct instruction online via Skype.