This article is missing information about when, and why did he change from D.ST to DXT.(June 2015)
Grand Mixer DXT
|Birth name||Derek Showard|
|Also known as||GrandMixer D.ST|
|Origin||New York City, New York, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, electro, jazz, funk, rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician DJ, producer|
|Instruments||Turntables, drums, keyboards, vocals, samples|
|Associated acts||Infinity Squad aka iSquad, Herbie Hancock & The Rockit Band, Material, Praxis|
Early in his career, he was known as Grand Mixer D.ST, a reference to Delancey Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. He was featured in the influential hip hop film Wild Style.
Widely recognized as a pioneer, Grand Mixer DXT is credited as being the first turntablist. He was the first person to establish the turntable as a fully performable and improvisational musical instrument (Alberts 2002).[full citation needed] Especially important is his technique of altering the pitch of the note or sound on the record.
He is also credited with helping to popularize DJing through his scratching on Herbie Hancock's single "Rockit", from the Bill Laswell and Material produced album Future Shock. He is featured in the 2001 documentary, Scratch.
With Ginger Baker
- Horses & Trees (Celluloid, 1986)
With Herbie Hancock
With Jah Wobble
- Heaven and Earth (Island Records, 1995)
With King T
- IV Life (MCA, 1994)
With Bill Laswell
- Profanation (Preparation for a Coming Darkness) (NAGUAL, 2008)
With Sly and Robbie
- Rhythm Killers (Island Records, 1987)
- "Grandmixer D.ST". Oldschoolhiphop.com. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
- Colin Larkin, ed. (2003). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. pp. 223/4. ISBN 1-85227-969-9.
- "Turntablism to be Taught at Berklee College of Music". Synthtopia.com. March 1, 2004. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
- Hollis, Kim (March 1, 2002). "Scratch Movie Preview, Starring Afrika Bambaataa and Grand Mixer DXT, Directed by Doug Pray". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2010.