Growing up in the Bronx at the age of 15 in the late 70's and playing the drums, break beats have always been part of my life. Being influenced at the time by well known DJ's like Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa, I started my own DJ crew and collecting break beats. These break beats consisted of Rock, Jazz, Soul, Funk music and these records were kept in milk crates for easy access. I remember Flash and other known DJ's at the time setting up their music equipment inside of parks or school yards and turning their performances into block parties.This was the start of what is known today as Hip Hop. Few people knew that Hip Hop was the way of life for a few Blacks and Latinos mainly living in low income areas like the projects. In these areas graffiti writing, B-boys break dancing, DJ's mixing and battling other DJ's and MC battles were popular. Even the clothes like Lee jeans, AJ pants, Kangol hats, Pumas, Adidas, Pro Keds and Converse sneakers puffed up with thick laces is what we used to wear. At the time we all thought that Hip Hop was a fad and that soon it would be replaced with another in time. To my surprise after 30 years, it is still here! Who ever thought this would happen?
Former break beat DJ;now producing and composing;drummer.