One of the foremost innovators of Skratching, (and the creator of the word "Turntablist") DISK not only remains one of the most technically soulful impressive Skratch Musicians in the world today, he has also single-handedly expanded the musical sensibility of Skratching, allowing for a instrument that was traditionally relegated to the background of Hip Hop, to be re-considered as a powerful and modern tool of musical expression. If Jazz has its Miles Davis, then Hip Hop has its DISK.
Born in San Francisco in the 1970's DJ DISK first discovered the idea of Turntablism by manipulating an old wooden turntable consul in his parents living room. DISK continued his exploration with his "instrument" and by the age of 11 was competing in SF DJ Battles and was considered a rising star throughout the then rapidly rising underground San Francisco Hip Hop scene.
But it was not until the early 90's when DISK, pared with other embryonic turntable greats like DJ Qbert, Mix Master Mike and Flare, formed one of the most important and influential Turntable "Groups" in the history of the genre: THE INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ. Lead by DISK (and colored by his insistence for musical innovation) the PIKLZ wild and frenetic exploration of hardcore Hip Hop would eventually set the bar for all other aspiring Turntable musicians. This "band" of Turntablist's crafted their own unique D.I.Y sensibility and aesthetic (creating their own raw radio and TV show) and eventually became synonymous with all cutting edge Hip Hop performance and production. It's widely known in Skratch circles that the Disco Mix Club (DMC), an international DJ association, asked the PIKLZ's to stop entering in their DJ competitions, since they were discouraging other DJs from even bothering to enter. Disk would also create a master piece called ' DEMOLITION PUMKIN SQEEZE MUSIK for Qbert to make it one of the greatest mix tape of all time "
After leaving the PIKLZ in 98 Disk hungered for new associations that would further stretch his musical abilities. Disk first started his successful solo career by releasing two classic albums of "Turntablist" expression, releasing albums under the EL STEW (1999) and PHONOSYCOGRAPH (1998) monikers. Disk then extensively toured with famed Producer Bill Laswell, playing alongside some of the worlds most respected Indian musicians (Zakir Hussain, Ulstad Sultan Khan) in Laswell's famed TABLA BEAT SCIENCE, exposing his Turntabist genere to cultures in India, Dubai, Lebannon, China Russia and many others. Disk also toured worldwide with famed Jazz great HERBIE HANCOCK, improvising wildly against the Jazz masters piano textures to create a new space yet unheard in contemporary Jazz.
DISK has been involved in over 100 released recorded works and has continued to tour extensively with a wide range of musicians, representing a myriad of genres (Primus, Serge - System Of A Down, Wayne Shorter, Nora Jones, Mike Patton..to name just a few) and has released over 30 live DVD's of his work, creating a fan base of devoted and dedicated followers. His rare Break Beat EP's are still considered some of the great templates for young DJ's to practice their craft on and are treasured by the underground Hip Hop community.
In 2006 " long over due said GRANDMIXER DXT " DISK was knighted as the 3rd GRANDMASTER in HIP HOP history next to QBERT and ROC RAIDER " DISK has recently completed filming on "Sympathy For Delicious" a major motion picture with ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE MARK RUFFALO and is currently working on his latest recorded project (over 5 years in the making) entitled "PATU".
"He's the Jimmy Hendrix of the turntable" - Les Claypool - Primus
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