One of hip-hop's founding fathers, induced into The Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame (the first DJ & hip-hop act to receive this accolade), we are delighted that the one & only GRANDMASTER FLASH headlines Cubed on Friday 29th May!
Hailing from The Bronx, it was here at one of the neighbourhood block parties that Grandmaster Flash physically lay his hands on the vinyl and manipulate it in a backward, forward or counterclockwise motion, the first man to do so.
He invented the Quick Mix Theory, which included techniques such as the double-back, back-door, back-spin, and phasing. This allowed a DJ to make music by touching the record and gauging its revolutions to make his own beat and his own music. Flash’s template grew to include cuttin’, which, in turn, spawned scratching, transforming, the Clock Theory and the like. He laid the groundwork for everything a DJ can do with a record today, other than just letting it play. What we call a DJ today is a role that Flash invented.
By the end of the 70s Flash started another trend that became a hallmark around the world: emcees followed Flash to the various parts and parties to rap/emcee over his beats. Before long, he started his own group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five went Platinum with their single, “The Message.” Meanwhile, the single “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel” introduced DJing to a larger listening audience than it had ever known before; it became the first DJ composition to be recorded by a DJ. The group’s fame continued to grow with “Super Rappin'” “Freedom,” “Larry’s Dance Theme,” and “You Know What Time It Is.” Punk and new wave fans were introduced to Flash through Blondie, who immortalised him in her hit, “Rapture.”
We hope that you share in our excitement, a musical legend is coming to town.
Grandmaster Flash 'The Message': www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4o8TeqKhgY
11 years in the game, DJ BINGE is a mighty fine mash-up & scratch DJ. Having shared the stage with the likes of De La Soul, David Rodigan MBE, Craig Charles, a member of Engine-Earz Experiment, Binge was the first guy in mind for support once we confirmed the big man Grandmaster Flash.
Further support to be announced.
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