Sunday, July 22, 2007

Grandmaster Flash

We would like to think that WTB is itself a legend in the making. We also like to think that we have developed some really unique creativity on the NY water front. But we are truly humble this week as we prepare to welcome Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Grandmaster Flash.

Born into the tail end of the baby-boomer generation, and an immigrant to America, Joseph Saddler aka Grandmaster Flash helped define a music genre that today defines contemporary American music. He is also credited with inventing "cutting" a turntable technique which is at the very core of turntableism. Turntableism is the difference between a DJ who just plays songs and a DJ artist who uses the turnable to perform.

Cutting is a method of looping a "track" using two identical phonograph records as sources, two turn tables to play the records and a mixer to switch between the two sources; using this setup a turn table artist plays the track on the 1st turntable, and then on the 2nd turntable using the mixer to seamlessly switch between the two. While the 2nd source is playing the DJ artist manually reverses the other source. By repeating this technique a skilled DJ artist can play the same track continuously. It's a lot of work and it requires good manual dexterity. Today of course, its' very easy to do with computers.

Grandmaster Flash will be performing this Saturday, July 28th 2007, as a special guest at The Beach Party. Cover is $3. ID is required for all admissions.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Summer DJs

We have DJs every night in the summer.

Wednesday nights is a mix of 80's underground and Reggae.

Thursday night we go Latin; world beats dripping with Latin Rhythm; different parties every Thurs.

Friday nights mixed it up. On Friday July 20th DJ jo jo Flash spins Freestyle. ($3 cover)

The Beach Party happens every Saturday. It kicks off with a pre-recorded set and then a live set from opening Act DJ Victor Franco. At 8pm Beach Party residents Justin Carter and the Brothers' Brothers' spin with their friends and with an amazing headliner every week ($3 cover)

Sunday finds DJ Duo Pukka spinning beats on the beach.

Monday, July 09, 2007

DJ Victor Franco

Saturday in the Summer at Water Taxi Beach is our biggest music event.

All afternooon from 2pm til 8pm, we get the music of Victor Franco. DJ / Producer / Remixer Victor Franco has made remixes and productions for many record labels including Virgin Records, Mercury Records, Sony Latin, Robbins Ent. and Strictly Rhythm just to name a few.

Victor will be playing a wide mix of cool tracks ... mostly dance music from Lounge to Progressive House ... maybe even a little Electro. Sometimes he'll slow it down with some Chill Out or Classic Hip Hop for a change of pace.

If there is some song that has been playing every 30 minutes on a commericial radio station, he wont be playing it.

When Victor stops at 8pm, it's time for The Beach Party... every Saturday night this Summer!