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  • andre wakko
    22 de abr de 2005
      A historia do primeiro dj "moderno"...o cara acertava
      o BPM sem controle de pich, fissurinha....


      outra da Naomi...




      Written by Naomi Niles
      FRANCISCO GRASSO
      THE FIRST MODERN DJ


      Picture http://ped111251.tripod.com/
      John England



      The true origins of the DJ are not completely certain,
      but they trace way back to a man in Otley, West
      Yorkshire, England as early as 1943 by the name of
      Jimmy Savile. There are rumors that he was the first
      man to play vinyl live charging one shilling for
      admission. Humble beginnings, but the start of
      something much much bigger.

      Jimmy Savile might be considered the first DJ, but the
      first modern DJ and the one who created club DJing is
      widely accepted as DJ Francis Grasso. The term
      "modern" DJ meaning the DJ as we know him now- DJs
      that are music artists with a superstar status, the DJ
      that has the power to move and influence a huge
      audience. When I say move an audience, I'm not just
      referring to making them dance and 'jack their
      bodies'. I'm referring also to the spiritual aspect of
      the art of the DJ. Moving the audience by changing the
      whole energy and emotions of the audience. Bringing
      them from the depths of the chill-out to ecstatic
      highs. The modern DJ that doesn't play records to
      please a crowd, but he shares himself with it.

      Francis Grasso was born in Brooklyn, New York and at
      an early age played guitar, saxophone, and the drums.
      His first job in the dance world was as a dancer at
      Trude Heller's Club. One night when he went to a club
      called Salvation II, he was asked to DJ after Terry
      Noel, the regular DJ was a no show. The manager
      decided to keep Francis and fire Noel, thus giving
      Francis his first DJ gig. He started by spinning soul
      with African rhythms. He would play records like
      Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Chicago, and Gladys
      Knight. This was in 1968, before even the first hint
      of Disco music.

      After this he moved to Sanctuary club situated in
      Hell's Kitchen that used to be a German Baptist Church
      and was probably the very first gay night club or at
      least the most notorious one. He played there until
      its closure in 1972. It was there that he gained his
      reputation and developed the techniques that he is now
      famous for and that helped catalyze the disco craze
      and the popularity of the modern DJ.

      One of the techniques he is famous for is 'slip
      cueing'. Slip cueing is the technique of holding a
      record still while the turntable is still spinning
      beneath it in order to play the next record on an
      exact beat. This method is used to continually stream
      the music by started a new record on the last beat of
      the one playing and fading the volume thus making a
      continual mix without interruptions or pauses.

      Another technique he is famous for and is perhaps more
      important is matching beats with the records which is
      much ahead of the term BPM. He was known for playing
      two records simultaneously for sometimes as much as
      two minutes which is an amazing task considering that
      then there was no such thing as a pitch control and no
      way to adjust the turntable once it started playing
      the vinyl.

      Francis Grasso was the first DJ to truly be admired by
      the crowd and to obtain some of the popularity that
      now characterizes the modern DJ. He was friends with
      people like Andy Warhol, Calving Klein, and Jimi
      Hendrix and also dated Liza Manelli. He was also in
      two movies. The first was "Klute" in 1971 which showed
      him working at the Sanctuary for a few seconds and the
      second was the recent documentary of dance music
      titled "Maestro" which features the only known
      recorded interview of him.

      He eventually quit working as a DJ in 1981 after
      losing ambition and worked occasionally in
      construction in Brooklyn. He died on March 20 in 2001
      at the young age of 52. Sadly, his work wasn't as
      recognized as it should have been during the period of
      his life, but it still has its mark on what we know as
      the dance music culture today. Not only did he improve
      dance world with his techniques, he really changed the
      whole concept of the DJ.





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