Phonographs-Turntables

DJ GrandMixer DXT brought the turntable front and center as a musical instrument!  DXT is a proud member of the "first generation" of DJs in the dawn of Hip-Hop.  When he recorded a session that was played for Herbie Hancock, the result was the breakthrough hit instrumental "Rockit."  The success...
DJ GrandWizzard Theodore is world famous for inventing the signature sound of Hip Hop, The Scratch, and he was around 13 years old at the time! The story of how this came about 1975 is a funny one of fate, but it was by no means his only contribution to Hip Hop. He also invented & perfected The...
DJ Jazzy Jay is the pioneering DJ and producer who helped establish Hip Hop as more than a musical form but rather a cultural experience.  He began spinning records in the parks of the Bronx and soon performed in such clubs as the Roxy and Negril before teaming with other DJs.  Jazzy Jay played a...
DJ Jazzy Joyce, born in the Bronx, grew up in the era that ushered in the Hip Hop movement of dance, culture and music beginning in local parks.  Joyce developed her style with her strong techniques and engaging energy.  In 1986 she teamed with Sweet Tee for the hit recording of “It’s My Beat” and...
DJ Johnny Juice is perhaps best known for his work on such records as “Rebel Without a Pause” with Public Enemy and “Musica Negra” with Rob Swift.  The musical integrity of his contributions to Hip Hop cannot be overstated.  In addition to perfecting the art of scratching, Johnny Juice approaches...
DJ Rockin Rob, from the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, was spinning records in the early days of Hip Hop, perfecting what has been a very important element to DJing, the art of showmanship!  While spinning the music that he loved, Rockin Rob learned to entertain the audience with tricks and...
DJ Steve Dee, from Harlem, grew up at the time when Hip Hop culture was developing in the parks in and around his neighborhood. He is the 1990 New Music Seminar DJ battle champion. He is famous for creating one of the two major techniques used in turntablism and battle DJing, he named it "The Funk...
DJ Tony G pioneered many scratches and tricks as a DJ in the early days of Hip Hop on the West Coast.  The art of turntablelism began in New York, but before long the sound and the style made its way to California.  Out in East LA Tony G spun the platters, scratched and MC’ed as well as hosted a...
DJ Evil E was thirteen years old when he heard the pioneering artist Grandmaster Flash, which inspired E to get his own turntable rig. As a young DJ, Evil E was inspired by a performance in Los Angeles by Ice T. As it turned out the two would meet and become collaborators on many musical projects...
DJ Keith Shocklee was first introduced to DJing at a local Long Island youth center in the 1970s. He soon started performing at other youth centers in the area as well as house parties, living up to the program’s goal of keeping kids off the street. As his career developed, he began working with...

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