Club Ritmo: MTV's DJ Skribble kicks off club nights at UCSD

The acts that come to UCSD to perform are usually under a lot of scrutiny. Every Triton music fan, each with his or her superior point of view, always has strong opinions about one artist or another.

One group is too old and another is too obscure. One is too pop while the other isn’t pop enough. One is too rock and the other too rap. Whatever the case may be, the performers at UCSD have had to face the careful observation of the students.

But having to choke down one-hit wonders at every other festival can be pretty difficult at times.

UCSD’s very own night club, Club Ritmo, on the other hand, returns this year with a great amount of potential. Whether you like him or not, DJ Skribble is a big name in the dance music world and he has been highly visible on MTV’s “”Total Request Live”” with Carson Daly. In fact, Skribble seems to be MTV’s resident DJ with appearances on “”The Grind,”” “”MTV’s Spring Break”” and “”Sisqo’s Shakedown.”” He also co-hosted “”The Cindy Margolis Show.””

His mix albums are packed with almost too many hits. “”Essential Dance 2000″” features songs by Cher, Moby, Fragma and Zombie Nation. “”Essential Spring Break 2001″” features even bigger acts such as M&S presents the Girl Next Door, Spiller, Jakatta, Delerium and Darude.

But even Skribble admits that anthem-filled albums such as “”Essential Dance 2000″” were “”do-what-you-gotta-do, commercial-introduction things.””

However, Skribble’s roots are in hip-hop. Long before MTV and the hit albums, he toured with hip-hop great Public Enemy and opened for Biggie Smalls and Sean “”P. Diddy”” Combs before they were famous.

It was only by the mid-1990s that DJ Skribble started listening to more house and began fusing some hip-hop with house sounds. The result is DJ Skribble’s current sound of house and trance with some hip-hop thrown in the mix.

Club Ritmo has landed a big-name DJ who is still fresh enough to be remembered and carries enough popular hits to make everyone happy. Yes, DJ Skribble is “”that guy on MTV,”” but you have to admit that this is one of the strongest acts UCSD has had in a while.

So stop thinking about it so much and dance.

Please see the Hiatus Calendar for ticket information.

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