Mr. Scruff (real name Andy Carthy) is a British DJ, electronic musician and artist. He is a native of Stockport, near Manchester, United Kingdom, and studied Fine Art at the Sheffield College of Art.
Carthy’s DJ name was inspired by his scruffy facial hair, as well as his trademark loose-lined drawing style. He has been DJing since 1994, at first in and around Manchester then nationwide in the United Kingdom. He is known for DJing in marathon sets (often exceeding six hours), his eclectic musical taste, his love of a “nice cup of tea” and the quirky home-produced visuals and animations that are projected on large screens during his gigs.
His debut album, Mr. Scruff, was released on the small Manchester based label Paradise Records. He soon moved to the larger Ninja Tune label, and subsequently released the albums Keep It Unreal and Trouser Jazz. His most notable hit “Get a Move On” is built around “Bird’s Lament (In memory of Charlie Parker)” , and has been used in several commercials ranging from Lincoln and Volvo automobiles to France Télécom and GEICO insurance. All of his albums contain tracks about fish, whales and other sea-life, which cut up recordings of voiceovers from children’s stories and nature documentaries to create surreal and silly stories. His album artwork and music videos are noted for their distinctive cartoony style; many of the cartoons are drawn by Scruff himself.