Friday, 5 April 2013

Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story - Grandmixer DST & Bill Laswell interview DOCUMENTARY

DJ pioneer Grand Mixer DST is one of the first known turntablists. His cuts can be heard on jazz legend Herbie Hancocks ‘Rock It’. DST recorded ‘Crazy Cuts, so why is it fresh‘ and a third release ‘Mean Machine‘ which featured the infamous Jalaluddin from the group The Last Poets. More info on Grandmaster D.ST – “Home Of Hip Hop”, “Megamix II”, “Mean Machine” - HERE

Celluloid Records is one of the most revered, open-minded and influential labels of the 1980s, with foundational releases spanning the genres of hip-hop, disco, post-punk, electro, world music and more. Filmed in Paris and New York City, this two part series features key players in the history of the label including producers and musicians Bill Laswell and DXT (formerly Grand Mixer DST) and founder / owner Jean Karakos. A double-disc retrospective of the label, Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story, is out now on Strut.
In depth article from Holly Roller Productions about Celluloid can be found HERE

Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story BUY IT HERE

The Celluloid Records Story (part 1 of 2)

The Celluloid Records Story (part 2 of 2)

Grand Mixer DXT (born Derek Showard) is an American turntablist. He was formely known as Grand Mixer D.ST. "D.ST" is a reference to Manhattan, New York City's Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. He was featured in the influential hip hop film Wild Style.

Widely recognized as a pioneer, GrandMixer DXT is credited for being the first to establish the turntable as a fully performable and improvisational musical instrument (Alberts 2002). Especially important is his technique of altering the pitch of the note or sound on the LP record.

He is also credited with greatly helping to popularize DJing through his scratching on Herbie Hancock's single "Rockit" from the Bill Laswell and Material produced album Future Shock. He is featured in the 2001 documentary.

Infinity And Grandmixer D.St.- Grandmixer Cuts It Up! (Video) 

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