Even though 24 hours have now passed, Prince’s death is still making headlines around the world. The whole process feels similar to the passing of fellow musical icon David Bowie, who died roughly four months ago. Shortly after Bowie’s death, Canadian DJ Skratch Bastid saluted him by uploading a routine featuring some of the star’s greatest hits. The video ended up going viral and is currently sitting at over 11 million views. Now, Skratch Bastid is showing his respect for Prince in a similar fashion with a new routine for the legendary musician.
In the video’s description, Skratch Bastid discusses the conflicting feelings he faces after the death of a famous musician. He is truly put in a tough situation, but we feel that his tributes are an excellent way for the electronic music community to honor some of the greatest artists who have ever lived. Read Skratch Bastid’s full post below:
Can you believe that is a thing? 2016 has been a rough one for music, eh? We’ve been losing legends almost weekly. Like, seriously, actually weekly. It’s messed up.
Since posting the Bowie routine, I’ve been getting tons of requests for tribute videos every time a musician passes away. It’s a pretty weird thing to deal with, to be honest. I’m all about giving our legends the respect they deserve, but I don’t like to do it in the wake of their death or just because their name is in the headlines.
So when I heard the news of Prince passing away, I was slow to hit the turntables like I did when I heard the news about Bowie. Not because Prince meant less to me, not even close — but because I only wanted to do it if & when it felt natural. At the end of our busy day, my wife and I listened to just about every Prince record we own. And when we came across the doubles of the “Kiss” 12″, I started messing around with it, having fun, and getting excited about his music, as I always do when it’s played. And so I decided again to put a tribute together, late last night/early this morning when North America is pretty still and not begging for attention, and this is it.
I will miss Prince dearly. I will continue to celebrate his music in my sets and in my spare time. Love for great music should always be evolving, and I discovered new songs of his today through the shares of others celebrating and mourning. His music will live on with all of us, as I’m sure he would have wanted it. May this video bring you positive energy to a sad time. Rest In Peace, Prince Rogers Nelson.