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playing music in the south of
France on the Rooftop Les Jardin Suspendus
playing "Hot Music" usually caused chaos.
My first remix in 1989, done at
Power Play Recording Studio in L.I.C. New York.
Productions landed me my first travel Gig to London, England to produce and remix songs for Dave Lee's label Republic (AKA Joey Negro).
and making beats, living in the
basement in Astoria, New York and it was on!
Working part time at
Power Play Recording Studio in L.I.C. New York. Assistant
engineering sessions like Eric B & Rakim "Follow The
Leader", meeting KRS-1, producing "Love's Gonna Get'cha",
studying recording techniques,
New York’s vastly influential
hip-hop breeding ground, Power Play Studios
Working at Vinylmania Record
Shop in N.Y.C. Larry Levan would hang out in the store in
House Music all over the
walls of the store, the streets, the clubs, cars.
The FIRST record I made in1988.
Its a medley. 4 track reel 2 reel and editing with the razor
blade patterns that I would make on a drum machine mixed
with an accapella or a portion of another song, then do
another mix, splice them together and make a smooth
transition. I gave the medley a title
“Something Special” I did not do the other side of the record, side B. I took the subway to the Rock and Soul record shop in Manhattan to buy it. ;-)
Purchasing a 4 track reel 2 reel and editing with the razor blade patterns that I would make on a drum machine mixed with an accapella,
then do another mix, splice them together and make a smooth transition.
Borrowing records from everyone in College was a great way to get them to come to the parties.
"I Remember…My old stomping grounds - Central Islip - New York. Parties at the Rec Center. Breakdancing, handball... Who had the biggest box? The loudest? I hooked a turntable into a box (Boombox) and did my first scratch. "Lets Dance To The Drummers Beat". I started making pause button tapes. Mixed tapes from Amityville with breaks being cut up, I was hooked. Blasting the music in the house, the candy dish fell off the speaker, fell to the ground, broke and I got my ass wooped.
Marantz Superscope. My first boombox. I hooked a turntable into it and recorded my first scratch.