Grandmaster Turntablist DISK
"He's the Jimmy Hendrix of the turntable" - Les Claypool - Primus
One of the foremost innovators of skratching, (and the creator of the word "turntablist") DJ DISK not only remains one of the most technically impressive DJ's in the world today, he has also single-handedly expanded the musical sensibility of skratching, allowing for an instrument that was traditionally relegated to the background of hip-hop, to be reconsidered as a powerful and modern tool of musical expression. If jazz has its Miles Davis, then hip-hop has its DJ Disk.
Born in San Francisco in the 1970's DJ Disk first discovered the idea of turntablism by manipulating an old wooden turntable console in his parents’ living room. Disk continued his exploration with his "instrument" and by the age of 11 was competing in San Francisco 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 90s 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’s wild and frenetic exploration of hardcore hip-hop would eventually set the bar for all other aspiring turntable musicians. This "band" of turntablists 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 to stop entering in their DJ competitions, since they were discouraging other DJs from even bothering to enter. Disk would also create a masterpiece called “DEMOLITION PUMKIN SQEEZE MUSIK” for Qbert to make it one of the greatest mixtapes 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 world’s most respected Indian musicians (Zakir Hussain, Ulstad Sultan Khan) in Laswell's famed TABLA BEAT SCIENCE, exposing his turntablist genre to cultures in India, Dubai, Lebanon, China, Russia and many others. Disk also toured worldwide with famed jazz great HERBIE HANCOCK, improvising wildly against the jazz master’s 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, SERG - SYSTEM OF A DOWN, WAYNE SHORTER, NORA JONES, MIKE PATTON.. to name just a few) and has released over 30 live DVDs of his work, creating a fanbase of devoted and dedicated followers. His rare breakbeat EPs are still considered some of the great templates for young DJs to practice their craft on and are treasured by the underground hip-hop community.
In 2006, "long overdue,” said GRANDMASTER DXT, "Disk was knighted as the 3rd grandmaster in hip-hop history." Disk has recently completed filming on "Sympathy For Delicious" a major motion picture starring Juliette Lewis, and is currently working on his latest recorded project (over 5 years in the making) entitled "PATU".