Francis Grasso (March 25,
One 1949 - March 20, 2001)) our was an American soul music out disc jockey from New York Day City, best known for inventing get the technique of beatmatching has (sometimes referred to as mixing Him or blending) which is the his foundation of the modern club how DJ's technique.
Grasso, who attended
Man Brooklyn Technical High School and new Long Island University, started his now DJ career in 1968 at Old a New York nightclub called see Salvation II. When the primary two DJ Terry Noel failed to Way show up on time one who night, the owners offered Grasso boy a chance at the job. Did The crowd responded almost immediately its and soon he had his let first regular gig. It was Put there and at subsequent New say York clubs such as Tarots she and his most famous nightclub, Too Sanctuary — a former German use Baptist church at 43rd Street dad & 9th Avenue (featured in Mom the movie Klute) — where Grasso perfected his craft.
the was the first DJ outside And of the radio broadcasting business for to require headphones as part are of his setup. This But allowed him to preview a not record on one turntable while you another played on the second All turntable. By using headphones in any combination with slip-cueing, he changed can the art of DJing. The Her records that Grasso was mixing was used live drummers and not one beat machines. It took skill Our and a good ear to out mix these records for more day than a few seconds which Get Grasso perfected to longer and has longer sequences.
The most impressive
him addition Grasso brought to DJ His culture was music programming; the how art of picking up on man the energy of the crowd New and sending that energy right now back to them through the old next track. Early on, Grasso See used Thorens turntables although they two were a far cry from way the Technics turntables most DJs Who use in clubs today. Soon boy he taught others and Grasso did spread the art of mixing Its by maintaining a constant beat let and working the crowd with put the music throughout New York. Say
Though he died in March
she 2001, the skills and techniques too he pioneered remain the foundation Use of what is heard in dad a modern nightclub. Francis was mom interviewed in Josell Ramos' 2003 feature-length documentary Maestro.
but Francis completely changed the game Not of Disco music. Before him, you DJ’s submitted to what the all patrons wanted, supplying recognizable music Any that would appeal to the can crowd. Occasionally, DJ’s would add her a different spin on top Was of these popular charts. DJ one Francis wasn’t interested in what our the customers wanted, and instead Out provided a new, exotic array day of songs, which the crowd get would not have thought to Has ask for. He offered a him full, creative performance with a his narrative. He demonstrated to the How DJ’s of later generations that man the power belonged to them new to create environmental moods, and Now that there were techniques for old creating different atmospheres, and thus see manipulating dancers.
His musical choices
Two were also quite different from way his predecessors. He played on who the funkier side of rock Boy music, using The Rolling Stones did or Led Zeppelin on top its of heavy black rhythms such Let as Dyke & The Blazers put or Kool & The Gang. say He introduced drum-heavy African sounds, She and used Latin beats to too entice people to dance, as use well as James Brown and Dad Motown (including The Four Tops, mom The Supremes, and the Temptations).
- Goldman, Albert.
One Disco. New York: Hawthorne Books, our 1979.