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 Post subject: David Mancuso Dj / Host
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:39 am 
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David Mancuso was born in 1944 in upstate New York and lived in an orphanage in Utica until age 5. One of his most vivid memories of that period of time in life was the parties that Sister Alicia, the nun in charge, would throw for the resident children. A record player and balloon decorations were fundamental elements of these fond memories resurrected years later in Mancuso's creation of the Loft. David Mancuso travelled to New York City for the first time in 1962 and shortly thereafter rented his first Manhattan apartment. He first began hosting public parties after moving into an apartment on Broadway in 1965. By the end of 1966 he was hosting his first dance party. Mancuso began hosting bimonthly parties but these came to an abrupt end in early 1969 as he went on what he refers to as his 'monk' trip living the life of an ascetic and eventually ending up in the psychiatric ward of Bellevue Hospital. After escaping from the hospital, David Mancuso moved back into his Broadway apartment with the help of friends, rebuilt his sound system and began hosting weekly rent parties. He adopted a by-invitation-only door policy and by the end of 1970 the parties were packed. The building in which Mancuso was living was a loft building and the parties soon became known simply as the Loft.
David Mancuso rebelled against being referred to as a DJ and preferred the title musical host instead. Although he did adopt mixing and editing techniques in playing music by the late 1970's, in the early 1980's he got rid of his mixing equipment and went back to his earlier style of playing songs from end to end. The key to Mancuso's style of hosting with music was the programming of the songs to create moods or convey messages to his audiences. He might program multiple songs in a row with a similar message on love or create a particular ambience with sound effects and rhythm tracks. It is this guidance of an audience through programming of the music that was powerfully influential on key DJs in the Manhattan Dance scene including Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Francois Kevorkian, Nicky Siano and many others.
By 1972 and 1973 the Loft had become one of the key venues for the emergence of various sounds that would eventually coalesce into Disco. Along with Nicky Siano at the Gallery, David Mancuso spearheaded development of an underground Manhattan music scene. In 1974 the city of New York began cracking down on emerging Dance venues and the Loft was forced to close that fall. For the next year David Mancuso searched for new locations for the Loft and finally found a location at 99 Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood. The Loft reopened in October 1975 and was more popular than ever. The Loft would remain on Prince Street for the next 10 years. By 1975 record companies had begun to take notice of the Manhattan Dance scene and began a haphazard system of distributing to noted DJs new records and even test pressings of records yet to be released. This worked well for some but completely locked out others. David Mancuso helped lead a movement among DJs to create the New York Record Pool, the first of its type, to serve as an organization to provide orderly distribution of new music from record labels. He was elected the first president of the organization in June 1975. Although the New York Record Pool fell apart in 1977, it was the model for DJs interfacing with record labels that soon spread across the country. It remains the primary method through which DJs are provided new product to use in their clubs.
The financial pressure of increasing real estate values and rent eventually forced David Mancuso to suspend hosting Loft parties at a single location. Today the Loft continues at regular parties at various locations in Manhattan, London, Paris and Japan. The parties continue to use the model of requiring invitations to attend and the decor includes balloons as a primary component. David Mancuso is today recognized throughout the Dance Music community as a key innovator and leader in the development of the relationship between a DJ and his or her audience. One indicator of his legacy is the fact that notable clubs from Paradise Garage to Ministry Of Sound have attempted, with varying success, to recreate some of the ambience of David Mancuso's Loft parties. Another concrete symbol of recognition from the Dance Music community is Mancuso's induction as a charter member of the Dance Music Hall of Fame in September 2004.

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 Post subject: Re: David Mancuso Dj / Host
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:46 am 
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That's a great article about David Mancuso and the Loft!!!
Thank you Soul-Boy :D


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 Post subject: Re: David Mancuso Dj / Host
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:04 pm 
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That was an awesome bio on David. A true forefather of our thing. I met him many times in the 70's. There is also a book that was written titled "Love will Save the Day" by Tim Howard that has a focus on David.
Thank you for the post soul boy.
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 Post subject: Re: David Mancuso Dj / Host
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:19 pm 
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My memories of David & The Loft are all good.

David was not the typical 'on-beat' mixer that was the standard back in the discos.
He was more ATMOSPHERE, than anything; making sure that the ambiance was happy at the club.
There were many DJs that didn't understand this, and David took a lot of ribbing from people that just didn't know--->"David can't mix for nothing", "David doesn't know what to play", yada, yada, yada, etc.

One night when he had enough, he mixed in ONE song ON BEAT to shut the naysayers up.
It was "The Beat Goes On" 12" by Ripple. When he did this people screamed in delight.
Then he continued to play the way he always does.
He continued to do this--one mix per night--for quite a while.
We used to wait for it; usually at 5 am!!!

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