Grand Mixer DXT

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Grand Mixer DXT
Birth nameDerek Showard
Also known asGrandMixer D.ST
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
Occupation(s)Musician DJ, producer
InstrumentsTurntables, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, musical instrument
Associated actsInfinity Squad aka iSquad, Herbie Hancock & The Rocket Band, Material, Praxis

GrandMixer DXT is an American musician. He was formerly known as Grand Mixer D.ST. "D.ST" is a reference to Manhattan, New York City's Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. He was featured in the influential hip hop film Wild Style.

Widely recognized as a pioneer, Grand Mixer DXT is credited as being the first turntablist.[citation needed] He was the first person to establish the turntable as a fully performable and improvisational musical instrument (Alberts 2002).[full citation needed] Especially important is his technique of altering the pitch of the note or sound on the record.

He is also credited with greatly helping to popularize DJing through his scratching on Herbie Hancock's single "Rockit" from the Bill Laswell and Material produced album Future Shock.[1][better source needed] He is featured in the 2001 documentary, Scratch.[2]


  1. ^ "Turntablism to be Taught at Berklee College of Music". Synthtopia. March 1, 2004. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  2. ^ Hollis, Kim (March 1, 2002). "Scratch Movie Preview, Starring Afrika Bambaataa and Grand Mixer DXT, Directed by Doug Pray". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2010.

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