New York's DJ Disciple announces the release of his book, The Beat, the Scene, the Sound: A DJ’s Journey through the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of House Music in New York City with a Talk & DJ Session at Hoxton’s Love Vinyl record store on Saturday July 22nd from 2pm onwards. He also plays 2 Exclusive UK dates - the Dance For Stevie Summer Cruise Fundraiser on Sunday July 16th aboard the Dutch Master on the Thames and on Saturday 22nd, he headlines Roasted at The Love Inn in. Bristol.
Disciple’s musical journey saw him climb up the ranks of New York’s underground house party scene with a hugely successful radio show, ‘New York’s Best kept Secret’ and playing incredible parties such as Wild Pitch, Zanzibar, Palladium and Tunnel. Constantly evolving as NYC’s house scene dipped Disciple travelled to Europe to spread the message. He touched down in London in the 90’s clocking up miles around the country playing the biggest house clubs and festivals in every city including the Southport Weekender, Back To Basics and Cream. A respected Radio DJ, Disciple featured on the BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix, and on Kiss FM and went on to host a long running show in the UK, the Transatlantic Mix with DJ Tony Walker.
Known for both his vocal house and peak time bangers, other Disciple productions were instrumental in the birth of UK Garage. He carried on travelling the world spreading his uplifting chunky house music sound, running his own Catch 22 label, and notching up an impressive catalogue that includes the Grammy-nominated track “Caught Up” - Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart & later featured in the Showtime series “Queer As Folk”.
Disciple’s first UK appearance on the decks is for the Dance For Stevie Summer Cruise Fundraiser on Sunday July 16th from 4pm-9pm, and all money raised goes to support Stevie Zoo’s post Covid care. He is joined by DJs Bobby & Steve, Booker T, Johnny Reckless as they cruise along the Thames aboard the Dutch Master, which boards fromTower Bridge Quay, St Katharine's Way, E1W 1LD (southside of Tower Bridge).
The following Saturday July 22nd, Disciple hosts a hotly anticipated In Store Book Talk & DJ Session event taking place at Love Vinyl, 5 Pearson St, Hoxton, E2 between 2pm-6.30pm. Opening with a Talk about his experiences catalogued in the book and his unique experiences over the last 30 years, DJ Disciple will also be spinning a gospel-infused house vinyl set and is joined by stalwart DJ Soul Provyder (Soho Radio/4ToTheFloor) and will also be signing copies of the book that afternoon.
That evening (22nd) Disciple travels to Bristol to play at Roasted at The Love Inn with DJs Deli G and Ben Daley from 10pm-4am.
(1) Event: Dance For Stevie Summer Cruise Fundraiser
Date: Sunday July 16th 2023
Line Up: House & Disco Deck 1: DJ Disciple (NYC), who has just published his book “The Beat, the Scene, the Sound: A DJ's Journey through the Rise, Fall, and
Rebirth of House Music in New York City
+ Bobby & Steve, Booker T and Johnny Reckless.
Deck 2, DJs include Aitch B (Soul360), Mickey D , Stuart Austrie & Evie D
Chrissy T and Paul Morrissey (soul & boogie)
Venue: The Dutch Master,
NB: WE WILL BE DEPARTING AND RETURNING FROM DIFFERENT PIERS
Boarding starts at 3.45pm and we set sail at 4.15 sharp from Tower Bridge Quay, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD (Southside of Tower Bridge)
Returning to the Tower Millennium Pier (Gate E), London EC3N 4DT. Off Lower Thames Street. (Northside next to the Tower of London). It’s a 2 minute walk from Tower Hill Tube station
Tickets: £25 from Skiddle: https://www.skiddle.com/e/36362663
(2): Event: DJ Disciple Book Talk & DJ Session
Date: Saturday July 22nd 2023
At: Love Vinyl, 5 Pearson St, Hoxton, E2 8JD
Featuring DJ Disciple & Soul Provyder
“The Beat, the Scene, the Sound”
A DJ's Journey through the Rise, Fall, and
Rebirth of House Music in New York City
By DJ Disciple and Henry Kronk
“The Beat, the Scene, the Sound” follows DJ Disciple and his behind-the-scenes account of how DJs, promoters, fans, and others from diverse communities transformed house music from a DIY project into an international sensation amidst the tumult of 1980s and 90s-era New York City.
The book unearths many untold stories of the era. When house music first rose to prominence in the 1980s, it brought people together—Palladium, Paradise Garage, Tunnel, Zanzibar, Studio 54, and other clubs were going strong. But as DJ Disciple established himself in the scene, he witnessed it shatter. During the crack-cocaine epidemic, he literally dodged bullets bringing his records to and from clubs at night. The HIV/AIDS epidemic and homophobia threw up fear-based partitions. Then, mayors worked to close the clubs. House music was pushed underground and then abroad to the UK and Europe. Disciple and many other DJs sought to regain a footing in the United States, but that only became possible with the rise of commercialised EDM. With dozens of interviews and historic photographs, “The Beat, the Scene, the Sound” shows what is possible when you bring people together and what can unravel when you split them apart.
DJ Disciple is a Black artist, DJ, radio host, producer, and community advocate based in Brooklyn, New York. He has toured the world over a forty-year career, playing venues such as Studio 54 in New York, Ministry of Sound, the Southport Weekender, Back To Basics, Ms Moneypenny’s, Middlesborough’s Empire club, Notting Hill Carnival, Luke Solomon & Kenny Hawkes’ Space, Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson’s Loft club, Fabric and Cream in Ibiza. His Grammy-nominated track “Caught Up” reached Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and was later featured in the Showtime series “Queer As Folk”. His music has landed on scores of top music charts around the world. He won an ARIA music award for his remix of Steven Allkins’ “The Bass Has Got Me Movin.”
Henry Kronk is a journalist who has covered a range of subjects over the course of his career. His reporting has appeared in OPIS, Exclaim!, the Burlington Free Press, International DJ, and more. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.
“The Beat, the Scene, the Sound: A DJ's Journey through the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of House Music in New York City” is being published in June 2023 by Rowman & Littlefield.
Publishing June 2023 • ISBN: 978-1-5381-7487-6 • $32.00, Hardback • 230 pages
Praise for The Beat, the Scene, the Sound:
“DJ Disciple has consistently championed our music, and I’m happy that he is sharing his story.”
— Roger Sanchez, Grammy Award-winning DJ & Producer
“DJ Disciple and Henry Kronk perfectly capture the golden era of house music. DJ Disciple’s story is a testament to hard work, dedication, and talent. He carved his way through the crazy music business and built a successful career. Enjoy the ride as I did—this is a must-have book.”
— Nick Jones, (Wild Pitch Club Promoter/DJ & Producer
“The combination of Disciple’s experience, meticulous research, and interviews makes this important book hard to put down.”
— Tamara Palmer, DJ & Author of Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip-Hop