RAZ MESINAI OPENS HIS VAULT

“How to Kill a Boombox is a compilation of music I produced between 1989 to 1992. In the early 80’s, I began experimenting with drum machines, turntables and tape machines to create instrumental B-Boy rhythms for Break Dancers in New York City. It wasn’t much later that I began studying percussion with Juma Sultan, Jimi Hendrix percussionist. Sultan, instinctively gave me a Multivox Tape Echo chamber and a microphone, tools that led me to produce my first actually sellable productions, a few of which are included here.

I’d used the Multivox alongside a turntable, microphone and a two-track cassette tape recorder to produce my first guerrilla cassette productions, starting with a series of ambient/noise/distorted acid-break/house albums called “Psycho Beats” under the band name “Psy Co.” and “Dj Tab”. I followed up with the “Multivox Series as “X-On”, and The Bedouin, changing to Badawi years later.

In the early 90’s, some of these tunes caught the ear of Club Kids promoter, Andre “Angel” Melendez, whom helped me get my first bookings at after-hour parties in NYC, before being tragically murdered by Michael Alig in 1996. These songs were produced rapidly — one swoop, with no overdubs, so they are essentially studio improvisations, and the only way I can actually tell, relatively, what year these were produced is by the apparent lack of gear used to create them, and the addition, or lack of, a single tool.”
— Raz Mesinai

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