Greetings! We come in peace!
I’m a recent Sydney transplant. Born and raised in Hawaii I have spent most of my adult life in San Francisco (I’ve also lived in San Diego and Chicago). I can be a bit reserved at first, so I thought no better way to introduce myself and tell you about my background than through my record collection. I have been religiously collecting those round discs of plastic since the early/mid 80′s, so we have a lot to cover.
If Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel was what opened my eyes to the world of DJing, then Grandmixer D.ST.‘s “Megamix II: So Why Is It Fresh?” is what caused me to purchase my first pair of turntables. ”Megamix II” was a collage of snippets and excerpts of records taken predominately from the genre shattering Celluloid label with some brief flashes of Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” thrown in (D.ST.’s first megamix was a similar working of songs mostly taken from Herbie Hancock’s “Future Shock” album as a promotional tool by Columbia to promote Herbie’s album. Here’s another tidbit of useless information – “Rockit” was the first fusion of hip hop and jazz on wax.).
The liner notes on the back of the record listed the equipment used for “Megamix II”, and I remember it being not much more than two turntables, a mixer, some sort of recording device, a couple of keyboards and a drum machine – a perfect example of it’s not what you have, but it’s what you do with what you have.
Here are some of the records used in “Megamix II” in its original form.
Coming up next - how I discovered something called house music.
(I heart Paddy’s!)