Dallas Observer Mixtape with DJ Love: Breakbeat Mix

Frank McCright has just shy of three decades in the DJ game as DJ Love. He has seen every facet of the DJ biz, from the production side in the studio to a front row seat for the infamous ’90s rave scene. Love has benefitted from a depth of experience rarely seen in DJs nowadays. For this week’s Mixtape he delivers an all-vinyl mix of breaks. For the uninitiated in this particular niche genre of dance music, this week’s mixtape is a grade-A primer for a genre that mines as much from classic hip-hop as it does from the dance floor.

DJ Love: DJing came to me as an alternative way to make or manipulate music. I went to my first underground club in 1987. I had heard some dance music, but it was mostly mainstream or radio hits. Once I heard the music being played in clubs like The Edge in Norman, Oklahoma, or The Wreck Room in Oklahoma City, I knew that was the kind of music I wanted to make. I didn’t quite know what it was, I just knew I wanted to make it. The problem was I didn’t have the money to buy gear. I was, however, able to afford to buy the records of the songs I liked. In 1988, I borrowed a Radio Shack mixing board, a belt-driven turntable and a drum machine from a friend. I took the a cappella of Information Society’s “What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy)” and timed it with a beat I made on the drum box. I recorded it and thought I had made my first “remix.”

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