D-Styles, aka Dave Cuasito, was born on July 6, 1972 in the Philippines and raised in the Bay Area of California. He came across “scratching” in 1984 on his dad’s home stereo. Armed with his first Radio Shack-brand mixer and one turntable, D-Styles was motivated by such music as Malcolm McClaren’s “Buffalo Gals,” Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit,” and Run-DMC’s album Raising Hell.
By age 15, D-Styles was mixing at parties and school dances. “That was during a time when there were a lot of gangs and it kept me away from all the trouble I could’ve got into,” explains D-Styles. “It made me focus more on music and making music rather than getting in trouble and going to jail. Plus it was all about good music in general. It wasn’t about one specific type of music; there were no walls to separate the music. You could play any type of music and the crowds appreciated it.” At this time existed a Bay Area tradition where mobile DJ’s battled each other through impressive sound systems and light shows. Along with his own mobile DJ crew named Sound City Productions, D-Styles began battling other DJ crews in 1987. D-Styles soon entered solo competitions with the hopes of one day entering the DMC championships. Between 1988 and 1993, D-Styles continued to enter local and state DJ battles and competitions, never actually winning a major competition. It was during these years that he met and battled other DJ’s such as Qbert, Shortkut, Quest, Disk, 8-Ball and Rectangle. By 1993, D-Styles also met DJ Rhettmatic of the World Famous Beat Junkies, and along with DJ Shortkut, became a proud member of the Southern California-based crew. Despite his growing network of friends, it was during this time that D-Styles first imposed the self-isolation that would become a trademark of his personality. Determined to find his own musical style, D-Styles stopped entering battles altogether. This period of self-imposed seclusion found D-Styles concentrating more on music composition and production. With two break records already under his belt (1990 and 1991 collaborations with Bay Area DJ Gee Swift), D-Styles began honing his production skills through the use of samplers and drum machines. The beats D-Styles generated in his home studio led to collaborations with numerous local emcees, notably Jihad of Third Sight. In 1996, Qbert and Yogafrog asked D-Styles to join the group Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP). The Skratch Piklz, revered around the world by scratch fans young and old, were featured on countless magazine covers and garnered long-standing endorsements with Shure Needles and the Japan-based company Vestax, maker of turntables and mixers. Between 1997 and 2001, D-Styles toured with ISP and performed in various countries around the world. He describes his time with the group as having broadened his mind to the potential of scratch music. “Razorblade Alcohol Slide,” was D-Styles’ contribution to Qbert’s Wave Twisters album. The all-scratch song was composed in 1998 and its infectious violin hook made it an instant favorite with Wave Twisters fans. During his four years with the scratch band, D-Styles released 7 break records (Sqratch Fetishes of the Third Kind, Black Market Snuff Breaks, Needle Thrashers #4, Gag-Ball Breaks, Heavy Petting Breaks, STD Breaks, Bitch Slapped Breaks), 3 scratch tapes (2 with DJ Qbert, 1 with DJ A-Trak), and 1 scratch CD titled Pharaohs of Funk with DJ Flare. D-Styles also appeared in numerous DJ videos as well as Qbert’s animated movie, Wave Twisters. By September of 2001, D-Styles decided to part ways with what was left of the now-defunct Invisibl Skratch Piklz and return to his original crew the World Famous Beat Junkies. Optimistic about his future with the popular and multi-talented DJ group, D-Styles relocated to Southern California in 2002. On Halloween 2002, Beat Junkie Sound released D-Styles’ most acclaimed work to date: the highly anticipated solo album Phantazmagorea, a collection of songs composed entirely from scratching. Frequently described as a man of few words, D-Styles has proven that he is a man of his word. At the Phantazmagorea Release Party, the much-publicized “D-Styles Sextet” (composed of D-Styles along with fellow Beat Junkies Melo-D, Babu, J-Rocc, Rhettmatic and Shortkut) performed live renditions of D-Styles’ songs, set to visual imagery resulting in one of the most unique and unforgettable scratch shows to date. Future live performances of this historical Phantazmagorea audio-visual show are currently being planned. A turntable quintet featuring D-Styles will travel to Australia and New Zealand in January 2003.