Necessary Beats: Wick-It The Instigator’s Top 5 Records

Wick-It the Instigator is a multi-genre DJ and producer, a masterful EDM turntablist whose SoundCloud page is one of the top 200 most active pages on the entire site. And for good reason – the festival headliner continuously makes bangers . One of our favorites is this ol’ drumstep remix of I Got Five On It). In honor of Record Store Day 2015, our friends at reached out to Wick-It to to find out what his favorite records are and where he most likes buying his vinyl. 

Top Five Records

Qbert – 100 MPH Backsliding Turkey Cuts (Dirtstyle Records)

This record made by Dirtstyle is jam packed with tons and tons of samples to scratch.  The way they compressed and treated the audio sounds amazing for scratching.  Some scratch records sound thin and crappy.

Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says (Rawkus Records)

This one would always get the party started.

DJ Swamp – Never Ending Breakbeats (Decadent Records)

This was a record designed in a very cool way. Each groove is actually one measure of a drum beat and the record is physically skipping, and since the drum beat is at the exact right tempo, it’s skipping on beat. So you could sit there and play any of the beats on this record forever.  Each tiny groove was a different endless beat – there were TONS of grooves.  It was a really cool way to pull off “infinite looping” with analog source materials.

DJ I-EMERG – Audiocide

This is my favorite battle record, one a couple battles with this one.  Get yourself two copies of Audiocide, and the beat juggle possibilities are endless. 

Dre Dre – Nothing But A G Thang FunkyMix (Ultimix Records)

There are tons of these Ultimix records that they used to press for DJs.  Back before Serato or any kind of digital assistance, Ultimix would make these records with really long extended intros fro smoother mixing, and usually they’d edit the song a bit and add some samples and flavor.  This particular one had a real funky intro that would get the crown dancing, and then when it transitioned into “Nothing But A G Thang”, everyone would go nuts.  

 Favorite Record Store(s)

Grimey’s Records


Before they opened, the record shops in town mainly just had old used records, like what you’d find in your parents collection and what not. Grimey’s stocked up on great hip hop records and battle records, and always had exactly what I needed. That’s my Nashville pick.

Amoeba Records

Amoeba Records in Los Angeles is the most amazing record store I’ve ever seen. 


Wick-It portrait courtesy of Ben Hartman.