Thu 23/05/13

Throughout the month of May, 6 Mix has been shining a light on a selection of Dance Pioneers, which kicked off with one Hip Hop’s founding fathers, your very own, Grandmaster Flash.


Flash took over the decks and laid down a selection favorite records and influences. Across the years, across the genres, this is what Flash means when he says Square Peg Into A Round Hole.

Download here: http://tiny.cc/GMF6MIX

Tracklisting:
The Brothers Johnson – Tomorrow
Keni Burke – Risin’ To The Top (Give It All You Got)
The Isley Brothers – Between The Sheets
Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Soul II Soul & Caron Wheeler – Keep On Movin’
Tears for Fears – Shout
Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
James Brown – The Funky Drummer
Dionne Warwick – Walk On By
Marlena Shaw – California Soul
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Chaka Demus & Pliers – Murder She Wrote
Shabba Ranks – Ting A Ling
Reggie Stepper – Kimbo King
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message
Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
Eric B. & Rakim – Unknown
Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire
Beyoncé – Get Me Bodied
Lupe Fiasco – Out of My Head
Chris Brown – Fine China

Tue 16/04/13

After a long flight from NYC to Sydney (via a stopover in Dubai), I arrive to sunshine and warmth ready for an 8 date tour across Australia and New Zealand. Here’s a short re-cap of all the gigs…


First up Sin City, Surfers Paradise where I was quite amazed that so many young people had heard of me! This gave me a chance to play some of the big hits from newer artists, like Drake, Lil Wayne & Kendrick Lamar and I was also able to play Apache and some Big Beat stuff and really mix up my set, which was really enjoyable. A wonderful way to kick off the tour, it was a quite amazing.

Next up, Soda Factory in Sydney which was almost the exact opposite of Sin City. The audience was an older crowd and they wanted to hear more of the classics, but from the 70’s upwards, which meant I was able to dig deep and play the tracks that I wouldn’t normally be able to play for some audiences. They threw their hands in the air and there was lots of noise going on. I had a blast!

Onto Transit Bar, this particular audience I also found quite amazing because rarely in America do I see 20 year olds partying with 40+ in the same building, at the same time, so therefore I was able to go from Jay Z, Drake, Lil Wayne to Rappers Delight to Queens to Michael Jackson. I really had to expand my musical set to please the vast ages of the people in the room that night, but it was quite extraordinary to see that – young folk jammin’ with the older folk. Unforgettable !

A couple of days off and my next show in Hobart meant I got to check out the impressive Mona Museum, before partying it up with a great crowd that night at Republic Bar!

Onto Auckland, New Zealand where they wanted to hear the electronics. It was a high energy, electronic music loving type of crowd but they also keen for me to drop some old school rap. The party was live, it was loud, it was more like a festival feel. Wonderful.

Into the final stage of the tour and I was back in Sydney for a gig at the Ivy Pool where I have to say I was pretty fortunate. First of all, I always do a soundchecks and most take about an hour; check the turntables, check the lights, check the stage, check the mixer, check all the interfaces to make sure everything is working.. but for whatever reason this sound check went on for four hours! All the support DJs then played longer sets so that I could try to diagnose what it was that was happening. The crowd patiently waited for me and we managed to fix the problem, so by the time I went on it was quite explosive. I was very thankful for the audience for waiting for me. The pool rocked!

To finish off, The ESPY, was quite amazing. The promoter friend of mine, Gavin, always makes it really interesting for me. It was a full house and my support DJ Ms Butt impressed me. They wanted to hear whatever it was I wanted to play so I went from Rap to RnB, new to old, in and out of electronics, talking to the crowd…real fun. Everything was pretty perfect, a good way to end the tour.

Australia, it was real! I’ll see you soon.

Mon 18/03/13

Grandmaster Flash will be touring Australia and New Zealand at the end of month.

Catch Flash in Queensland, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Auckland and Melbourne from March 21st – 31st. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to each gig email gmfcompetitions@gmail.com with the name of venue of the gig you’d like to be at.

March 21st: Sim City, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
March 22nd: The Soda Factory, Sydney, Australia
March 24th: Transit Bar, Canberra, Australia
March 27th: Republic Bar, Hobart, Australia
March 28th: Ellerslie Events Centre, Auckland, Australia
March 30th: Ivy Pool, Sydney, Australia
March 30th: The Espy, Melbourne, Australia

Winners will be drawn at random and announced by each day before the gig in question. By entering the competition you’re agreeing to be added to the Grandmaster Flash database.

Tue 07/08/12

On Friday 24th of august, Grandmaster Flash will be performing 60 minutes live on UK Television. It is going to be the biggest Dj show of the year on British TV!

Channel 4 is to hand over creative control to six world-class DJs this summer in an unprecedented live television event.

Previously DJs have taken over warehouses, fields, car parks and derelict office blocks. This summer – for the first time ever – DJs take control of a national TV network to bring the country together with a six-hour House Party.
This all-night takeover sees a line-up of top international DJs playing live to the nation in a clubbing experience like no other. This is not a programme about clubbing; this is the club. A six hour live event with no ad breaks, no commentary and no interruptions as Channel 4 turns the telly into the ultimate DJ booth, blasting the party through the TV – and phone and laptop screens – and transforming living rooms, bedrooms and bars across the nation into dance floors.Commissioned by Arts Commissioner Tabitha Jackson, House Party is both entertaining and experimental; it will also be genuinely interactive, highlighting the importance of innovation in Arts on Channel 4, pushing the boundaries of conventional programming and offering audiences a totally new party experience.The DJs – many of whom are stadium fillers and festival favourites in their own right – are preparing to leave their meticulously prepared “main-stage” sets at home to go back to their DJ roots. Because while DJs have become popstars and club culture has become a global commodity, when it really comes down to it, there’s no party like a house party!In addition to the top DJ talent on offer, a selection of the nation’s most exciting cutting edge VJs, computer animators and graphic artists will provide a constant visual treat, playing visual sets every bit as live and unrehearsed as the DJs’ musical selections.
Tue 07/08/12

America`s Famous Tv Show With Grandmaster Flash, Santigold, Grizzly Bear, Flaming Lips And Fun – Aug 2012

Stephen Colbert announced his very own music festival. Colbchella 012 takes place August 10 at New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The lineup includes Grizzly Bear, the Flaming Lips, Grandmaster Flash, Santigold, and Fun.

Watch Colbert’s announcement, including a cameo from Michael Stipe:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/417194/july-31-2012/stephest-colbchella–012—rocktaugustfest

Colbechella 012 will be broadcasted 07.00pm EST on Friday 10 August.

Check this link for tickets and infos:
http://www.colbertnation.com

Mon 06/08/12

BE serves up an eclectic box of surprises! A tremendous line-up with a huge box of surprises, the line-up for BE has just been announced – and it’s going to get even bigger.

Flying in straight from the Formula 1 weekend in Monaco, Grandmaster Flash joined Toolroom Record label Boss Mark Knight to open his summer residency at Space in Ibiza. The line up also included UK band sensation Friendly Fires. Grandmaster Flash had the crowd singing, jumpin and clapping! Great Opening night at Space! Watch out for more Grandmaster Flash shows on the white island this summer!

Check this link for pictures:
http://grandmasterflashofficial.tumblr.com/tagged/diary

 

Mon 06/08/12

Three nights of exceptional partying was had by all – F1 drivers, sporting heroes, Royalty, the Hollywood A-List and world class performers – in fact, Amber Lounge was a heaven for the rich and famous over this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Hosted at Le Meridien Beach Plaza this bespoke club which follows the Formula One Grand Prix around the world, opened its doors for the 10th event since it was launched back in 2003. Joining in the celebratory festivities, celebrity guests including Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Laurence, Nicholas Hoult, Ron Howard and George Lucas were seen dancing until dawn over the weekend.

Formula One drivers chose to party at Amber Lounge’s most sought after ‘Grand Prix After Party’ Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Paul di Resta, Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen enjoyed the post-race celebrations.

Entertainment came from Grammy award winning music icon Grandmaster Flash who flew over from New York especially to perform in Amber Lounge Monaco. Dropping in some of the hottest recognised genres of music, including electronic, he had everyone dancing on every available surface – sofas & tables as well as the dance floor!

The VIP audience was given another special treat as Britain’s top music artist Labrinth took to the stage – not once but twice over the weekend. Performing an exclusive live set, this singer/songwriter was a true entertainer!


Check this link for pictures:
http://grandmasterflashofficial.tumblr.com/tagged/diary

 

Sun 05/08/12

Channel 4 is to hand over creative control to six world-class DJs this summer in an unprecedented live television event! August 2012!

Channel 4 is to broadcast a live, advert-free, six-hour house party to celebrate clubbing culture. The show will feature six hour-long sets from DJs including pioneer Grandmaster Flash, Eric Morillo, Radio 1′s Annie Mac, A Trak, Horse Meat Disco. Channel 4 said the event would turn the TV “into the ultimate DJ booth” with viewers able to request songs via social media sites.

House Party will be broadcasted from 00:00 BST to 06:00 on Friday 24 August.

BBC News:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18997826

Check this link for more infos:
http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-throws-the-ultimate-house-party

Thu 02/08/12

On Friday 24th of august, Grandmaster Flash will be performing 60 minutes live on UK Television. It is going to be the biggest Dj show of the year on British TV! 

Channel 4 is to hand over creative control to six world-class DJs this summer in an unprecedented live television event.

Previously DJs have taken over warehouses, fields, car parks and derelict office blocks. This summer – for the first time ever – DJs take control of a national TV network to bring the country together with a six-hour House Party.
This all-night takeover sees a line-up of top international DJs playing live to the nation in a clubbing experience like no other. This is not a programme about clubbing; this is the club. A six hour live event with no ad breaks, no commentary and no interruptions as Channel 4 turns the telly into the ultimate DJ booth, blasting the party through the TV – and phone and laptop screens – and transforming living rooms, bedrooms and bars across the nation into dance floors.

Commissioned by Arts Commissioner Tabitha Jackson, House Party is both entertaining and experimental; it will also be genuinely interactive, highlighting the importance of innovation in Arts on Channel 4, pushing the boundaries of conventional programming and offering audiences a totally new party experience.

The DJs – many of whom are stadium fillers and festival favourites in their own right – are preparing to leave their meticulously prepared “main-stage” sets at home to go back to their DJ roots. Because while DJs have become popstars and club culture has become a global commodity, when it really comes down to it, there’s no party like a house party!

In addition to the top DJ talent on offer, a selection of the nation’s most exciting cutting edge VJs, computer animators and graphic artists will provide a constant visual treat, playing visual sets every bit as live and unrehearsed as the DJs’ musical selections.


 

Tue 24/01/12

Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating great recordings, The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to its GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, adding 25 recordings.

“The Recording Academy is dedicated to celebrating a wide variety of great music and sound through the decades,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “We are especially honored to welcome this year’s selection of some of the most influential recordings of the last century. Marked by both cultural and historical significance, these works truly have influenced and inspired audiences for generations, and we are thrilled to induct them into our growing catalog of outstanding recordings.”

Representing a variety of tracks and albums, the 2012 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees range from Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A. album to civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have A Dream” speech from his historic 1963 address at the March on Washington. Also on the list are Bill Cosby’s comedy album I Started Out As A Child, Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s single “The Message,” the original Broadway cast recording of “St. Louis Woman,” Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” the Rolling Stones‘ album Exile On Main St., and Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” Others inductees include the Anthology Of American Folk Music, and recordings by Gene Autry; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Doris Day; the Serge Koussevitzky-conducted Boston Symphony Orchestra; Los Panchos; Santana; and Paul Simon, among others.

To view the special message, click link below:
http://www.grammy.com/news/grandmaster-flash-to-deliver-special-message-on-grammy-nominee-special

 

Tue 24/01/12

GRAMMY NOMINATION CEREMONY – NOV 2011
Common, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross and LL Cool J  joined Grandmaster Flash for a special live performance of “The Message” at the Grammy Nomination Concert on November 30, 2011. The iconic track established hip hop as a valuable platform to raise awareness of the poverty, violence and drug problems present in inner-city ghettos. For its impact on the genre, “The Message” will see induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame, plus this special cross-generational performance on Wednesday night’s Grammy Nomination ceremony.

The Grammy Nominations Concert also featured performances by Lady Gaga, Ludacris, Rihanna and Usher, with Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry will be on deck as award presenters.

GRANDMASTER FLASH FEAT. MELLE MEL, COMMON, LL COOL J

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/videos/id.9143/title.grandmaster-flash-f-melle-mel-scorpio-ll-cool-j-common-lupe-fiasco-the-message-2011-grammy-nomination-performance

 

Tue 24/01/12

Exclusive Grandmaster Flash interviews on his Grammy nomination with CBS and The Grammy`s.

 


GRAMMY 54TH _ CBS INTERVIEW:
to view click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCbM403jOAM

GRAMMY 54TH _ GRAMMY BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW:
to view click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3tnNxOBXNw

 

Fri 04/11/11

I’ve been blessed to play in front of great audiences. To watch 40,000 at BESTIVAL move and rock with me like an Old School Block was so so Amazing.

Thank you Rob.

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Fri 04/11/11

After a very long day travelling to the Isle Of Wight, being on the ferry and playing Bestival I’ve been asked to do an exclusive interview with Zoe Ball and Hugh Stephens for Sky TV…check it out!

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Fri 04/11/11

AUSTRALIA&NEW ZEALAND TOUR ANNOUNCED

Its going to be an incredible experience to play at the SUMMADAYZE FESTIVALS in Adelaide, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth with Snoop Dog, Pendulum, Moby, Calvin Harris, Eric Morillo, Sasha, Tiga and many more.

I look forward to this and other incredible festivals I’ll be playing in New Zealand and Australia.

http://www.futureentertainment.com.au/summadayze

View complete Tour Dates

Sat 11/06/11

BBC RADIO 1 *SPECIAL SHOW* – APRIL 2011
It was a pleasure to do an interview with a Dj such as myself, Rob Da Bank, who gave me a chance to tell the world of my newest interest in dj music which is electro, dub step and drum&bass.

Listen to full length interview and radio mix here:
http://soundcloud.com/grandmasterflashofficial

 

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