Egyptian Lover: "I'm Bringing Back the Old School, Be Ready to Dance"
Most of the club rats getting down to electro and booty bass these days are too young to remember the scene's old-school pioneers like Egyptian Lover, AKA Greg Broussard.
After all, most of us were still learning how to crawl (or hadn't even been born yet) when Broussard was already mastering the art of beat mixing and juggling breaks. This was right at the beginning of the '80s, when he helped kick-start the West Coast hip-hop scene as a DJ with L.A.'s legendary Uncle Jamm's Army collective.
Of course, Egyptian Lover's biggest contributions to the development of old-school electro were in the studio. He would release some of the very first West Coast rap records, while honing his signature 808 bass-infused electronic funk on chart-topping albums like 1984's On The Nile.
Lucky for us, Egyptian Lover is still very much active in 2013. He's even working on a new album. And since Miami is the undisputed booty bass capital of the world, that pretty much makes his arrival for Nightdrive Miami's Scaramouche party at The Vagabond a homecoming. Show him some 305 love this Saturday with a good round of ass-clapping.
Crossfade: You started DJing in 1979, when it was still a relatively new art form. How did you first get into it? Did you have any mentors or role models in the beginning?
Egyptian Lover: When I used to go out and party, I went to the Uncle Jamm's Army parties, and the DJs played the best music. There was this one DJ named Bleeps that used to be really good starting the record over, making the song sound like an instrumental. I had to learn how to do that. This inspired me to become a DJ. I fell in love with the party scene and the music.
What was the early hip-hop scene in L.A. like when you were first performing with Uncle Jamm's Army? What are some of your favorite memories of those days? And what do you miss the most?
I loved the beginning of hip-hop, and being a part of it still blows me away. Making that uptempo dance music for the L.A. freaks to dance to was my goal. All the Uncle Jamm party freaks would dance "the freak" to every record. Playing Prince and all those "Planet Rock"-type songs would always keep the party going. I miss finding those records at the record stores and playing them first in L.A. Searching for records was the best part of being a DJ.