I first met Bill Brewster in 1996 when DMC hired me to serve as the founding Editor of Mixmag USA. The monthly magazine morphed out of Mixmag Update USA and later became Mixer magazine after DMC sold Mixmag was sold to EMAP.
Bill, who was running DMC’s office, was returning home to England. While dance music was blossoming in clubs and rave-music hotbeds around the world, Bill, who later went on to co-write a selection of books with Frank Broughton including How to DJ (Properly): The Art and Science of Playing Records, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life and The Record Players: The story of dance music told by history’s greatest DJs, found himself at the epicenter of New York City’s vibrant club scene that was rife with stellar parties, a bevy of DJ/producers, labels galore and amazing record shopping.
Having just released Bill Brewster presents Tribal Rites (Eskimo Recordings), a massive 41-track compilation featuring nuggets from Chicken Lips, Swag, Maurizio and Larry Heard, we connected with Bill about how living for a spell in the Big Apple made an indelible mark on his musical psyche. Continue Reading