Dusty Fingers – A Collection of 1970s Songs Informing DJ Mixes

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Dusty Fingers
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With an extensive background in database programming, Duane Wardell has engaged with clients such as Esoftsolutions, Inc., and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. A music aficionado, Duane Wardell particularly enjoys taking old school records and doing vinyl mixes.

One of the most enduring aspects of DJ music is its use of sampling old vinyl records, with this approach particularly prevalent in hip hop. An influential source of samples over the decades has been the Dusty Fingers series, which was compiled and released by DJ Danny Dan, “The Beatman” in the early 1990s. He unearthed rare funk, jazz, and pop tunes of the 1960s and 1970s that contained break beats and other musical signatures ideal for modern production.

The Dusty Fingers catalogue of obscure songs has been used liberally by artists up to the present, from Dr. Dre to Eminem. The samples are often combined with rhymes and other digitally created beats to create a sound that pays homage to the past, but still creates something new.

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