Grandmaster Flash (literally Grandmaster Blitz , actually Joseph Saddler ; born January 1, 1958 in Barbados ) is an American DJ . Along with Kool DJ Herc and Grandwizard Theodore, he is one of the pioneers of hip hop .
life and work
From 1976, under the artist name DJ Grandmaster Flash, he developed most of the techniques that still shape DJing in hip-hop today: cutting (playing tracks parallel to the beat ), backspinning (the record becomes the repetition of a certain section rotated quickly backwards) and phasing (where reducing the speed of one of the turntables creates a phase effect ). Further, partly purely acrobatic techniques can also be traced back to him. Together with Kool DJ Herc and the Grandwizard Theodore , who he discovered , he created and perfected the instruments of DJing.
Grandmaster Flash had its first successes with the band Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five , which formed in 1977. His single The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel (1981), which he recorded live, is considered groundbreaking with its innovative mix of different songs such as Good Times ( Chic ), Another One Bites the Dust ( Queen ) and Rapture ( Blondie ) . After several years with his ensemble in changing compositions, they went their separate ways at the end of the 80s. Short-lived reunions remained without much response.
In Germany, too, he worked with various artists in the mid-1990s. Grandmaster Flash, together with Grand Wizard Theodore and Disco Bee, contributed to the 1994 sampler Schetzt die Rille (Cologne Massive). He and many other musicians such as Das Duale System , Die Coolen Säue (DCS), Plattenpapzt, Microphone Mafia or Konstruktivronik advocated the Save The Vinyl movement, which was popular at the time , which wanted to prevent the almost sealed end of the record and how we also know today that this has at least been delayed.
By far the best known song from Grandmaster Flash is The Message . In 1999 his cooperation with the Polish DJ Tomekk 1 ... 2 ... Rhymes Galore caused a sensation and landed in the charts. In 2002 Flash returned to DJing on record and released a live retro with the Official Adventures and a "classic" old-school DJ CD with Essential Mix . The song Scorpio was heard in the computer game Need for Speed: Carbon .
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Run-DMC , Public Enemy , NWA , the Beastie Boys and Tupac Shakur are the only hip-hop musicians to date to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . In February 2019 he was awarded the Polar Music Prize .
The list is probably incomplete.
- 1982: The Message
- 1983: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (with the songs New York New York and White Lines )
- 1983: Greatest Messages
- 1985: They Said It Couldn't Be Done
- 1985: Stepping Off
- 1986: The Source
- 1987: Ba-dop-boom-bang
- 1988: On the Strength
- 1998: Flash Is Back
- 2002: The Official Adventures of Grandmaster Flash
- 2005: Mixing Bullets and Firing Joints
- 2007: Safety First / Watch Yourself
- 2009: The Bridge
- 1979: Super Rappin '
- 1981: The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel
- 1981: It's Nasty (Genius of Love)
- 1982: The Message (Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five)
- 1983: Scorpio (Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five)
- 1983: New York New York (Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five)
- 1983: White Lines (Don't Do It) (Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel; also with The Furious Five)
- 1985: Sign of the Times (Grandmaster Flash)
- 1988: Magic Carpet Ride (Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five)
- Sound carriers by Grandmaster Flash in the catalog of the German National Library
- Official website (English)
- Official website for the new album (English)
- Grandmaster Flash at laut.de
- Grandmaster Flash at Discogs (English)
- Grandmaster Flash at Allmusic (English)
- Grandmaster Flash: “My kids are always blocking the consoles” , interview with Udo Lewalter in stern , February 21, 2006
- Grandmaster Flash: “I am a mixed scientist” , interview with Claus Lochbihler in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , June 15, 2007
- “I am respected like a father” , interview with Jonathan Fischer in the Süddeutsche Zeitung , March 10, 2009
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Saddler, Joseph (real name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American rapper, DJ, and hip-hop producer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 1, 1958|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Barbados|