IHPHOP GRANDMASTER FLASH
Traxx, the Arches, Glasgow, Fri 12 Apr; Scratch, La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Sat 13 Apr
There are few names in the history of hip hop that can measure up to Grandmaster Flash. Kool Herc started using breaks and DJ Pete Jones might have started mixing tracks together, but it was Flash who, in the mid-70$, combined the skills of both on his homebuilt soundsystem and created the quick mix, inventing the basic tools of today’s turntable wizardry.
‘l was first,’ says Flash. ‘I don’t care who's better, who’s worse. My contribution is first. Because first is forever.’
Respect, as they say, is long overdue, and a rare appearance in Scotland will no doubt see Flash hailed as a living legend. The acknowledgement spans generations: a fair portion of the enthusiastic audience who will be packed into the Arches on Friday night won’t even have been born when Flash released his ‘Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel’ masterpiece.
In this earth-shattering, seven minute recording he took chunks of a dozen or so existing tunes and spliced them together live, using, as he recalls, ‘three turntables, two mixers and between 10 and 15 takes
to get it right’.
Dance music advances slowly and subtly. DJs on a scene pick out certain records and, by highlighting a particular style, spur producers to turn it into a genre. Flash’s innovations weren’t like that. His revolution wasn’t organic or accidental, it was all about vision and hard work. ‘I spent two years locked away in my room, treating it like my laboratory,’ he says. ‘I came up with theories: the Clock and the Quick Mix Theory
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Beat Jazz Basement, Edinburgh, Sat 20 Apr
\."./lil‘i song—splicing bootlegs and wildly eclectic ’7ltll) nights generating a fair bit of excitement |.'l the trendier sections of the press. Soleiiiusic's decision to sign New: Yo"k act Open Door is looking increasingly like good business. While il‘.(1'l‘£l}(}l'll".' of the abel's acts stick resigiously to the house blueprint. their (l<;(;tll 11075133; Ben/rid Door Number :: 7 fuses <lo.'.rnteii‘pc- Ja/x. soul and drum 2’. bass '.‘.'!l:'l a were upbeat house sound to a remarkably cohesive and decidedly inello'x.’ effect.
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Adventuring on the Wheels of Steel
which led to me developing the scratch, but I really
didn’t think anyone was going to get it.’
Flash will be celebrating how it was done back then, introducing us to the different aspects of the legendary Block Parties from the extended freestyle mixes to the
tracks he used to play in their entirety. ‘I had thought
Bell met classically trained IElX/ man Peter Adams. They're Joined on tour by percussionist Ray Grapppone, with Bell and Adams sir/zipping vocal duties as well as teasing sounds from a variety of retro keyboards. synths and guitars as well as a theremin. It should be a more tip-tempo selection than the album, With a few new songs thrown in. And if you thought the prog rock connection ended Wllll Pink l-loyd, steel yourselves because the next record might actually
people weren’t interested in listening to how parties sounded back then. In America no one is interested in old skool — period! People just wanna hear the new stuff. But when I did a party at London’s Electrowerkz in March I came out to play a set of old skool music, music that I hadn’t played for 23 years. The crowd made me believe that night. They made history happen. Now I’m convinced.’ (Gillian McCormack)
Vicki Bell and Peter Adams
be a concept album.
‘We've started writing songs for the next album and while it's still really groovy. jazzy stuff there is a little bit of a rock edge to it.’ says Bell. ‘And Peter probably wouldn't want me saying this — in fact I haven't told SteVie [Middleton boss of Solemusic] about it yet — but there is a story with it. an urban love story. and in my mind that's what the album is going to be.‘ tJames Smart)
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