11280first modern dj
- 22 de abr de 2005A historia do primeiro dj "moderno"...o cara acertava
o BPM sem controle de pich, fissurinha....
outra da Naomi...
Written by Naomi Niles
THE FIRST MODERN DJ
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
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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