JayQuan : Peace ...I
don't know where to
start....when did you start actually spinning 2 copies of the same record...and what kind
of records were you working with ?
Pete Jones : Well it was around 69 or
70....stuff by James Brown , Peoples Choice , BB King , Johnny Taylor , Fatback Band...I
have actually done production work for Fatback . ...People from their record label would
see me spinning in the clubs and bring me records to rate......then I started producing
for them .
JQ : What made you spin 2 copies of a
record back in 69 ?
PJ : Well you know the best part of the
record is the breakdown....what guys started calling the break or breakbeat. That
part that got people dancing....so I would play that part continous . I had a mixer that
had a cue ...so that you could hear the record on one turntable while the other one played
. I would have 2 copies....usually a 45 (rpm) and a 3 minute song could get
extended to 10
minutes. There weren't that many songs out , so if I had to Dj a party that lasted 3 hours
; I had to extend those breakdowns.
JQ : What kind of equipment were you
working with ?
PJ : Sony Microphone mixers - Later a GLI
7000 Mixer - it was about the size of a TV . They didn't even have cross
JQ: Who else was doing this sort of thing
at this time ?
PJ : Grandmaster Flowers from Brooklyn ,
Maboya , Plumber....then Flash Herc and Bam came after them . Grandmaster Flowers was the
best mixing Dj that I ever saw.....Flash was the fastest.
JQ : Who was the first person that you
heard rap ?
PJ : Dj Hollywood .
JQ : Did you ever have any Emcees
PJ : Luvbug Starski....he was like a
son....I took him off the streets and he worked in my club. Also JJ The Disco King and Kc
The Prince Of Soul .
JQ : Didn't you retire at one time ?
PJ : Yes around 1980 ... I had a few
clubs....I needed to run them .
JQ : Do you feel that your name has been
unfairly left out of Hip Hop history ? (Flash does mention that you were the first person
he saw spin 2 copies of a record.....and the first with a cue on your mixer)
PJ : Well I was a club Dj downtown....you
had to be an adult to get into the places I played . Therefore some guys talk about Flash
, Herc and Bambaataa because they were park Djs.....anyone could go to the park, there was
no age limit ,but they were too young to see me .
JQ: Did you ever play clubs where any so
called stars performed ?
PJ : Yes....it was different ....the bands
use to open for us !! GQ and Fatback would open for me , and I was the headliner !
JQ : When did you return to Djing ?
PJ : 1987 ....its hard to stay away...I
still Dj , and I have a house full of records and records in storage .
JQ : Do you listen to Hip Hop and if so who
PJ : I like it all ...Ja Rule , Jay -Z....I
don't know what they're saying , but the music is good....they're just using old music.
JQ : If I may ask , how old are you ?
PJ : Im 62 years old .
Incredible.....Aren't you down with
Kurtis Blow & some other Old Schoolers ?
PJ : Yes we have a Hip Hop Alliance...Me ,
Kurtis Blow , Russell Simmons , Herc and Grandwizard Theodore.....we just look for ways to
make Hip Hop positive .
As told to JayQuan October 2001
* Special thanks to Troy Smith *
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