A casual observer might mistake Bad Boy Bill's mad DJing skills for black magic the frantic friction of metallic sparks shooting from his fingers mesmerizing the crowd into a submissive sway of skin and sweat. But the truth to the turntablist's persuasive power lies not in technique but in science: He is a modern alchemist, spinning vinyl into golden tracks before our very stunned eyes. Skeptics can check out the transformation on Thursday, October 10 at Club Fuel, when the DJ does San Antonio Chi-town style.
House music originated as grooving, soulful disco sound in the late '70s and early '80s in Chicago. Bad Boy Bill caught the pseudo-disco fever in his formative teenage years, and emerged from the Chicago house scene in the late-'80s, spinning scratch-heavy, hard house. The new beats were a fresh fusion of the classic house vocals and original deep soul, gospel, and jazz elements with Bad Boy Bill's own brand of hip-hop and funky breaks, and his style landed him his first big break with broadcast gig on a local Chicago radio station. He has since hosted his own top-rated radio show, held international club residencies, founded his own label, and continues to play the club circuit world-wide. His musical evolution is well documented by a series of "Bangin' the Box" mix albums; the most recent installment, Volume 5, was released last year to lukewarm reviews. Bad Boy Bill is renowned for his live sets, spinning with 50 records, where other DJs might use 10. His albums are cut with the same technique, but Volume 5 sounds thinner than those past.
Bad Boy Bill's next album is highly anticipated as an all-original production from the bassline up. But until then, hard-house heads will have to be content with the sound of the DJ's scratcherrific science projects.
Powerhouse Seattle DJ Donald Glaude opens for the Bad Boy with a set of deep, deep house.
BAD BOY BILL
WITH DONALD GLAUDE
Thursday, October 10
$15 advance, $25 VIP
1305 East Houston, Building #2