“Landscape!” by Todd Roberts, URB, July 1992

Roberts, Todd. “Landscape!” URB, July 1992.

This is the travelog of the URB staff’s adventures in New York City during the 1992 New Music Seminar. The URB staff described the various parties they have attended as well as shared some of the misadventures they had on their way to and from those parties. They also provided some observations about the differences between the music and club scenes in New York and in Los Angeles. Among their observations, the house music scene is bigger in New York than in Los Angeles, with deep soulful house being the dominant sound. New York techno tends to be harder and less emotive than in Los Angeles. Between their observations of the NYC club scene and of NYC in general, this travelog provides a good snapshot of New York City in the early nineties.

Back issues of URB (unfortunately not a complete run) are available at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.


Bruce Forest interview by Bill Brewster

Forest, Bruce. Interview by Bill Brewster. DJhistory.com, November 17, 2010. http://www.djhistory.com/interviews/bruce-forest (accessed June 5, 2013).

Best known as the straight white DJ who replaced Tee Scott at the black gay club Better Days, Bruce Forest discusses his DJ career with Bill Brewster. He claims to be one of the first DJs in New York City to play house music after he received a copy of  JM Silk’s “Music is the Key” from Steve “Silk” Hurley in early 1984, whom he was introduced to by his girlfriend of the time, Lesley Doyle a few months earlier. Bruce also shares his memories of DJing alongside David Cole playing on the keyboard.

The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries by Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton

Brewster, Bill, and Frank Broughton. The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries. New York, NY: Black Cat, 2010.

A collection of interviews with DJ’s by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton, authors of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, some of which originally appeared on their website, djhistory.com, which offers insight into the evolution of the DJ. Interviews that are particularly relevant to NYC house music history includes David Mancuso, Francois Kevorkian, Frankie Knuckles, DJ Pierre, David Morales, and Louie Vega.