Buscrates is a DJ, musician, and vinyl junkie from the Steel City of Pittsburgh. Since childhood, he has always gravitated to the myriad of sounds coming from the stereo system of his father, who did some DJing in the early ’80s. Anything from Roy Ayers to Steve Miller to Gil Scott-Heron could be heard at home on a Saturday morning. A very young Crates (neé Orlando Marshall) had his first experience behind a set of turntables in the summer of 1986 when a local DJ at a party let him get on the turntables while doubles of Cameo’s “Word Up” 12-inch single spun on the Technics 1200s. Although he has a wide range of inspirations, the most influential are the drum machine and synth heavy grooves of early-mid ’80s boogie and the sample-laden, neck-snapping MPC sequences of early ’90s hip-hop. His productions can lean one way or the other, or be a mixture of both. In addition to his vast knowledge of music, he has lately become known for being an analog synthesizer aficionado.