Events - CDJ Icons - Earl Young


"Young is seen as the inventor of the disco style of rock drumming (in Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes's "The Love I Lost" from 1973), as he was the first to make extensive and distinctive use of the hi-hat cymbal throughout the playing time of an R & B recording. This led to DJs favouring his recordings because they could hear the cymbal quite easily in their headphones as they "cued up" records to be mixed."


Earl Young is a leader & drummer of the legendary Disco Band The Tramps, as is coming in to Toronto to share his knowledge with us of dance music percussion & the history behind it. He will be doing a 1 on 1 interview with Eddie Gordon during the CDJ Icons sessions. They will be talking about the origins of the 4 on the floor dance beat that he invented in the 1970's and recorded in songs like Disco Inferno. This beat is the foundation of dance, urban and electronic music as we know it today. Earl will also be treating us to a live drum tutorial where he will get behind a drum kit live, and show us how he came up with the different grooves and the differences between them.


Earl Young

Earl Young (born June 2, 1940, Philadelphia) is a Philadelphia-based drummer who rose to prominence in the early 1970s as part of the Philly Soul sound. Young is best known as the founder and leader of The Trammps who had a hit record with "Disco Inferno". Young, along with Ronnie Baker and Norman Harris (the trio best known as Baker-Harris-Young), was the owner of the Golden Fleece record label.... read more


Eddie Gordon

From 1984 through to 1988 Eddie was regularly booked by major London event promoters as the support DJ for BBC Radio 1 DJs and Capital Radio DJs working in the big towns and cities of South East of England. This was a rich period for Eddie Gordon's DJ career with various awards Gravesend and Dartford Reporter 'DJ of the Year 1984-1985', Radio Kent '1986 Club of the Year' with The Slammer... read more



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