Ep. 4 – DJs and the Birth of Turntablism – Part 1

In part one of this two-part series we explore the televised debut of scratch with Grand Mixer DXT showcasing his skills on the Herbie Hancock hit “Rockit” as well as the birth of scratch from its creator, DJ GrandWizard Theodore. In addition, we learn what it took to build speakers, develop that signature DJ technique, and the formula to building a set from pioneering DJs Afrika Bombaataa, DJ Jazzy Jay, DJ Jazzy Joyce, and DJ Johnny Juice.


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NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts Michael Mullens, and Elizabeth Dale examine the innovative creations, evolution of musical instruments, the changing world of music retail, music industry icons, and other topics covered in NAMM’s Oral History program. The NAMM Oral History program boasts over 3,000 interviews and is continually growing. For more information about NAMM’s Oral History program please visit www.namm.org/library