In the second half of the 2000s, Canadian turntable wizard A-Trak and the late French DJ and producer Mehdi became one of the best known and loved DJing duo. Riding high on the popularity of electro and French touch, the pair took everything they’d learnt in the trenches of hip-hop culture – from selecting to scratching, sampling to producing – and applied it to both records and club sets with an irresistible flair.
In this lecture at the 2007 Red Bull Music Academy, the duo explained how and why they broke away from the restrictions of hip-hop, how they adapted to the digital age and how to rock a party and still maintain integrity.
4:03 - Fool’s Gold
25:19 - Ed Banger
37:31 - Daft Punk
57:40 - Hip-hop
1:20:45 - Turntablism
1:42:06 - Paris
The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music. We celebrate music, its culture, and the transformative minds behind it. Begun in 1998, the Academy has taken the core principles that underlie its annual workshop for selected participants and applied this curatorial approach to events, lectures, and city-wide festivals throughout the year.
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