Without the DJ, hip-hop’s depth of creativity may not be what it is today. Taking existing music and subversively rearranging it to create an entirely new piece of art is a technique that has been slowly developed over the decades; the legacy of the DJ is a meticulous and subversive tale. Growing up in a musically-rich environment, Grandmaster Flash was often scolded as a child for touching his father’s records. Ironically, Flash has made a career out of thoroughly manipulating the fine ridges of vinyl. Grandmaster Flash’s innovative contributions to the art of DJing, as well as his influential mixes, have opened the door to the seemingly endless world of turntablism.
The son of immigrants from Barbados, Joseph Saddler’s early life... Read More