Flashback Fridays is still alive and well. I had to take a temporary hiatus to gather some more quality material for you folks to enjoy. Flashback Fridays is back with a bang.
Josh Gabriel is one of a kind; he is a master of sound production making him a huge DJ in every way. As an exchange student in the Hague while studying at the California Institute of the Arts, Gabriel got deep into music production while studying at The Institute of Sonology. He mastered basic production programs like Composer and Performer by Mark of the Unicorn on the Macintosh when they were first developed. He learned how to use programs at the highest level before some peers even knew about them. Gabriel created programs that controlled the looping of samples and integrated lights into a midi controller for shows. In so many ways Gabriel is the father of the modern EDM show. His patents for loop-based software are used by almost every major software in use today. Josh is also part of the infamous duo Gabriel and Dresden and a huge trance name, Andain. His music has been used on some of the biggest television programming networks today. If you get a chance to catch a reunion show of the him and Dave Dresden, you can bet it will not dissapoint.
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Afrika Bambaataa is a DJ from the Bronx, New York. He was part of the rise of hip-hop in the 80s. He is one of three people who are considered the originators of break-beat deejaying His group Universal Zulu Nation was instrumental in spreading Hip-Hop across the globe. They had branches in various countries and he is one of the biggest reasons why anyone knows about Hip-Hop outside of the United States. Its importance was not just in music though; the group encouraged youths to participate in Hip-Hop instead of violence and crime. He was responsible for turning the largest gang in New York City into one of the biggest populist movements in the African American Community. As the underground scene began to rise in EDM, Bambaataa was able to take his skills and his knack for producing electro beats and make something truly unique. His contributions to music overall have given the EDM community a place in the music industry and to the community at large.
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Grooverider has been spinning at underground raves and warehouse parties in the UK since the late 1980s. In 1991, they started a party called ‘Rage’ at the London nightclub Heaven with his friend Fabio. He produced heavily and helped many other artists achieve fame with their music through his music label Prototype. He has been running his own show with Fabio on BBC 1 Radio playing some of the world’s finest drum and bass up until March of this year. The show gained him and the genre of Drum and Bass a loyal following. He is most certainly responsible for the global rise of Drum and Bass which is basically the backbone of the the American Brostep genre.
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