DJ RED ALERT

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It has been said; that it is important to remember where you come from, in order to get the proper perspective on where you are going.  Just ask Red Alert, and I'm sure he will agree that it was his personal experience while growing up in Harlem that has laid the foundation for his musical street smarts/savvy as well as motivation, determination and consistency. DJ Red Alert's World Famous Radio Mix Show can be heard every Friday night from 10:00pm - 12:00am EST on WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM located in New York City. In addition Red Alert does a radio show every Sunday evening from 7:00pm - 10:00pm EST on 102.5 Grown Folks Radio in Atlanta, Georgia. Kool DJ Red Alert can also be heard every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00pm - 12:00am EST on Sirius Satellite Radio. His show entitled "Red's Classic Collections" can be found on Backspin Channel 43. Lastly, the Kool DJ Red Alert "Article One" Mix Show is on Youth Radio 92.5 in St Martin, U.S. Virgin Islands.

DJ Red Alert is recognized and respected worldwide as one of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop music and culture! He has received numerous awards and accolades including a special award at the first annual Rap Hall of Fame Awards show. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from IMPACT music trade publication for 1998 and the 1997 Mix Show DJ of the year award from GAVIN. In addition DJ Red Alert was named one of the 50 most influential people in music by ROLLING STONE magazine. Red Alert has a display in the Radio Section of the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in Cleveland, Ohio. The only DJ of this era so honored! Kool DJ Red Alert was named an honorary ambassador to the United Nations in recognition of his contributions in the field of music. In June 2003 Red Alert was inducted to the Bronx Walk of Fame where past honoree's have included such luminaries as General Colin Powell. DJ Red Alert has appeared in over 50 music videos.

 

Red was reared by his maternal grandparents, who were from Antiqua. Red's love for those around-the-way basketball games led him to his high school team at DeWitt Clinton. No doubt this is where he was dubbed the nickname, "RED"; for his red hair and alert response on the court. Red later received a college basketball scholarship. During the last of his high school years, Red hung out at the Saturday night parties thrown by DJ Kool Herc (the first hip-hop deejay) and his emcee Coke La Rock (who Red credits as "the very first rapper") at clubs throughout the west Bronx.

 

Red studied the style of music Kool Herc played -- James Brown, Dennis Coffey, Baby Huey, the Isley Brothers -- and the way he blended the vinyl. On Fridays, Red found himself venturing downtown to check out star disco deejays, such as: Grandmaster Flash, Together Brothers, and Pete DJ Jones.
It wasn't long before he was jammin' at parties on his own equipment. It was important to be up on what was happening on the New York scene, so Red was now attending legendary parties throughout the Bronx. Red caught Grandmaster Flash at the Black Door and the Dixie Club, Kool DJ A.J. at the Morehouse Center and Afrika Bambaata at JHS 123.
By this time, Red had gathered enough record selection and record spinning insight to teach his cousin DJ Jazzy Jay the basics of the art. Jazzy Jay in turn introduced Red to Bambaata. Bambaata taught Red about rock, reggae and new wave music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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