2014 BIOGRAPHY (ROUGH DRAFT)
It begins here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTLoidal23c> ;
Most DJ's who made history on other side of the millennium do not share the same amount of history on this side of the millennium. However, when you have such a defined history as Frankie Bones, maybe the place to start out is on the millennium itself?
Frankie explains, "I counted down the Y2K as the headline DJ for Pasquale Rotella's "Together As One" as 1999 became 2000. I'm sure this was the largest event in America at that moment." To watch how that & EDC have grown from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands, the current age of our scene has dismissed the past as legend.
The Actual Y2K flyer: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=700233913338320&set=a.118443304850720.17650.100000551522812&type=3&theater> ;
To understand the future, one has to understand it's past. And yet somewhere in this past, the actual truth has been deleted, removed and changed. One would think something as big as rave culture would be remembered by many who were there, but it's all become quite trivial and reduced to nothing even credible. DJ culture is funny like that because one would think many would like to know about it's history, but each DJ believes they deserve a bunch of credit for things that never happened, while never giving credit for those that deserve credit. This was the case in the story of "The Legendary Grandmaster Jay" where this fraud promotes a DJ toy called Beamz, stealing Jazzy Jeff's battle set, playing air DJ while using a name stuck between Grandmaster Flash and Jam Master Jay. People like this ruin it for everyone else. Obviously there are several people who know the history, and you can tell by looking at a picture where Frankie Bones fits in all of this:
@ EDC 2010: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=749124905115887&set=t.100000551522812&type=3&theater> ;
Frankie Bones has more history then those who write him off as history. If anything his music and legacy live on within the many decades he has been spinning. If we need to just talk about his music and selection, this side of the millennium, start here:
"In The Zone" (15,000+ listens)
Somewhere beyond the grave is a story, the story, an actual true history to a DJ career which has lasted over four decades, and while Frankie Bones is younger then many old school DJ's @ 47, his legendary tales of how he threw the first raves in America and created the rave mantra "P.L.U.R." still have not yet become anything more then legend. There is solid proof though, his tales are anything but legend.
P.L.U.R Defined: http://newyorkedmc.com/the-history-of-plur/> ;
And suddenly there is this vacuum, where everyone conveniently forgets how rave culture got to America and how Frankie Bones brought it back to the United States on both coasts of America, in New York City and Los Angeles after spinning to a crowd of 25,000 people in August of 1989 during the U.K.'s Summer Of Love.
Event History: https://www.facebook.com/frankiebones01/media_set?set=a.118443304850720.17650.100000551522812&type=3> ;
The promoter Tin Tin Chambers wrote: "When Frankie saw it, it totally took his head off. He played the morning set til the sun came up, so he played the dawn, basically. For him to witness the impact of the people, who would chant & sing to the music he made and played, it really blew him away. Of course he would bring that back to America, but up to that point, there never was a scene in America. He went back and wrote “Energy Dawn” for XL and that turned into quite the classic".
"Energy Dawn" written the day after Energy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s2V_l6vo44> ;
Frankie met Paul Oakenfold & Carl Cox that night. Energy wanted to debut an American DJ and Bones received a call in June of 1990 and was asked to come and play to a crowd of 5000 people. On the actual night of August 26, 1989, 25,000 people were in attendance. The rest of Europe paying close attention and Frankie played the first events in France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Holland. The earliest of Love Parade's used titles of Frankie's productions "The Future Is Ours" and "My House Is Your House" as themes to their 1990 & 1991 festivals.
Love Parade & It's history:
And Frankie would rejoin The Love Parade in 1997 where he dropped his infamous Tresor mix which gets praise as a defining moment in techno music.
Love Parade 1997:
Moby's Thoughts On Frankie Bones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64NdDQiIScc> ;
Now to understand why and how Frankie became the first American DJ to play in the U.K. scene is simple. He produced a ton of underground records between 1987-1989 which became the soundtrack of early U.K. rave. But it was his Father's untimely death on January 28, 1985 which set the stage for Bones Hellbent mission. One which took him from High School graduation to center stage at Energy in the space of 5 years.
Record labels: https://www.facebook.com/frankiebones01/media_set?set=a.677088628986182.1073741857.100000551522812&type=3> ;
Frankie talks about the death of his father in great detail, at 18 years old, and because of his hellbent ways of doing what could only be the impossible, somehow led his DJ career into an international career which never was even considered prior to him actually doing it, but how he brought it back to America on both coasts in 1990 and played everywhere in between by 1992.
Dance International 1990: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7a37-QpVqY> (@18:08 for Brooklyn, 19:25 for Los Angeles)
This is the one existing video interview which explains in great detail what actually happened in New York City in the early 1990's which birthed the EDM scene that exists today. Bones goes even further back to his earliest childhood moments: "Not even three years old, I recall giving peace signs to Hell's Angels on motorcycles on the New York Thruway as my parents made their way to Woodstock 1969. Though I only remember that one part, it even gets stranger about the first song I knew. "My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder. That being a gifted young Blind entertainer, in fact in black and white? Stevie Wonder teaching me French before I knew English. The year was 1969.
Most of our memories from childhood are probably hard to remember from when we were three. But Bones says from the time his brother, Adam X was born in 1971, he can remember everything. "The Twin Towers were just built, my Dad worked for the MTA, and the 1972 Subway map just made it easy enough for a two year old to figure out. Luck for me I was now 6.":
NYC Subway Map Redesign 1972: http://quintessenceblog.com/wp-content/uploads/Vignelli-1972-subway-map.jpg:> ;
Bones also had a natural curiosity for Subway trains being that his bedroom windows were facing the Brighton subway line. The D, M and QB trains which split Kelly Park down the middle. Bones wound up on Eyewitness News at 5 years old just for being in the side of Kelly Park he wasn't supposed to be in when the Mayor broke ground for rebuilding the park, and this was his natural exploring side taking hold. Frankie had a keen sense of direction which provided him with leadership qualities. Older kids would often take the younger Bones on missions to Manhattan where buying records was a ritual.
"Even the most popular DJ in my neighborhood who worked at the local record store, Tony Torres found it strange for a 13 year old kid to be asking for the most obscure underground records of that era. Tony wound up being the DJ at a roller-rink in Long Island where Bones' parents would go family skating on Wednesday nights and a friendship was born. Bones would be a human GPS for Torres who would drive to Manhattan to pick up his record pool promos from IDRC and For The Record pool in Manhattan."
TOP 100 tracks of 1982: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=121673567861027&set=a.100503736644677.889.100000551522812&type=3&theater> ;
"I would catalog all the records every week and that 1982 Top 100 is accurate. Even though I was 16, you won't find any chart nearly as accurate." Then Bones explains: "Roller Disco was why I have had the ability to understand the art of DJ'ing, programming and breaking music. And Brooklyn's Roll-A-Palace was a multi-million dollar state of the art rink which existed for a decade from 1977-1987, And for a place like that to exist and no internet history is available, it begins to make you wonder."
TOP 100 tracks of 1983: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=531299073565139&set=a.100503736644677.889.100000551522812&type=3&permPage=1> ;
The roller-skating weekly sessions began for him on May 14, 1978 and continued on until at least 1985.
But it was his Father's untimely death on January 28, 1985 which set the stage for Bones Hellbent mission. One which took him from High School graduation to center stage at Energy in the space of 5 years.
SUPER JAM 1985, Two days before tragedy: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=119659124729138&set=a.118443304850720.17650.100000551522812&type=3&theater> ;
Even though Bones had a father which could be considered the ultimate record collector, he also was a man who believed it was impossible to make money from actually playing records. Especially when he would have did just. Three weeks before he was murdered, Bones got his first $200 playing New Years Eve 1984-1985 and when he showed his father the potential, he suddenly became curious on the future of a young Frankie Bones. That would never happen as his Father was violently murdered in a botched robbery during his 16th hour of work moonlighting as a taxi driver. One bullet wound to the back of the head and Bones would spend the next 10 years mourning the death of the closest person in his life, and he never knew anyone else that passed away, so this was a worst case scenario.
It would be during these 10 years where Frankie began to accept his Dad's tragic death and begin to accept the path that was chosen. In very early 1995, Bones partnered with his brother Adam X and Heather Heart to reopen his Groove Records imprint as Sonic Groove in Manhattan. The address was 41 Carmine Street which was the actual year his Dad was born. To make matters even more bizarre, Bones also moved to Rockaway, Queens on Beach 141 Street, again that number appeared, he has since then believed he had a Guardian angel. Bones explains: "I went into the studio with all this stuff written on paper, and created something way too deep to understand."
Opening Track "I Feel A Storm" written & performed by Frankie Bones: http://www.mixcrate.com/divadjegypt/frankie-bones-speechless-angel-a-prophecy-2012-74331> ;
The above link contains the 1993 penned "I Feel A Storm". And the mix from 2012 wrote out his year for 2013.
"Then the parallels of the first LP my Dad bought me from the Summer Of 1972, The album in question being Spiderman "A Rock Comic" started to somehow reveal an actual truth to how my own life would turn out.
First LP owned in 1972: www.youtube.com/watch?v=a83tV_aC98o> ;
In the LP, the police tell Parker a similar tale to the fate of Bones Dad. "I know that old warehouse, it's been deserted for years, you can hold off an army in that moldy dump". It would be the reason Bones started to throw his legendary STORMraves. And while not much can be found on the internet about these legendary events, to those who would experience them, witnessed something very special in the history of rave culture. And going back to the Woodstock 1969 memory of giving peace signs to Hells Angels, bikers, this happened:
Ravestock Flyer 1994 @ Woodstock: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=700886059939772&set=a.118443304850720.17650.100000551522812&type=3&theater> ;
Bones explains "A top billing spot @Ravestock, the Woodstock of 1994. One would think being able to play at Woodstock, 25 years after the first one in 1969 was the most amazing things that could happen in a DJ's career. But that is small in comparison to what happens 25 years after throwing the first underground raves in America."
What Bones does in 2014, he probably did in 1994 and 1984 before that and he explains: "I lived a luxury loft from 2008-2011 above Simply Jeff's record store DJ Culture in Southern California. So in theory I rose above DJ Culture. Since then I have been preparing for the moment where I pull one stunt, one maneuver, one event. Music has always been a religion to me", No doubt Bones is dedicated.
Bones speaks about SFX, EDC and 2014: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzuu3EKJ2oE> ;
Bones Note: "The May 2014 relaunch of STORM will be postphoned until a proper date can be realized. With respect to EDC, SFX and Movement Detroit. Especially Detroit. We love you guys."
A lot of people forget the Brooklyn underground. But Bones is again determined to change that and has been focused on finding the moment where the most good could come from a situation gone bad. EDM has this nasty way of controlling the culture from the inside, and it's all down to corporate structure. They have their own rules and though most are unwritten, he who controls the internet controls the universe.
For the scene, many are writing the future. But for the scene many also wrote the past. Frankie Bones is looking to do both.