Friday, 11 November 2011

DJ Miki Discoteca Ciak Live 13-04-1976 (Bologna)

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DJ Miki Discoteca Ciak Live 13-04-1976 (Bologna)

Miki returns on our blog with a fantastic set from 1976, recorded live at the Ciak Disco (Bologna, Italy). For those who don’t know Miki, the Ciak and his musical message, we recommend to visit our posts at MFS main blog or this review at Al Kent’s Million Dollar Disco. One more time, another big set with fantastic mixing & great choice of music, as ever at Ciak with Miki. We recommend to listen three ‘moments’ into the set: the mix with Harold Melvin’s ”Wake Up Everybody” (a sensational edit by Miki…he used to create those ”live on stage” gems), the Gibbon’s remix of Loleatta Holloway’s ”Hit & Run”, at the time (april, 1976) of this record an absolutely promo new in Italy, probably a promo copy that Miki had received from the USA (one or almost the only italian dj that have this service in the middle seventies), and, finally, the triumph of the Ciak, the great Hot Chocolate’s music, a trademark of Ciak in this period. Well, no more words, just keep listen to our number one dj and friend Miki. Enjoy!

1) I Can’t Help Myself – Loleatta Holloway
2) Stand Up And Cheer For The Preacher – Barrett Strong
3) Wake Up Everybody – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
4) I Want’a Do something Freaky To You – Leon Haywood
5) Dance To The Music – Enchantment
6) Rigor mortis – Cameo
7) Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango
8) Chocolate Chip – Isaac Hayes
9) Hit and Run – Loleatta Holloway
10) (If You Want It) Do It Yourself – Gloria Gaynor
11) You Could’ve Been a Lady – Hot Chocolate
12) Groove-A-Thon – Isaac Hayes

Live set mixed by DJ Miki at Ciak Disco, Bologna, Italy
Total Time: 00:36:31
From the original Musicassette Tape
Remastered by DJ Miki

Thanks to Moreno for the tracklist.

In 1974 things began to change…a part of the story…
Miki started his career as music programmer for a club called Ciak in Bologna; a converted castle holding some 1500 people inside, with room for another 4000 outside. He had relatives in New York who were involved in the music industry, and Miki himself was a reporter for an Italian music magazine, so he was regularly sent parcels of records. He got himself enrolled in the New York Record Pool and soon he had a wonderful collection of interesting disco, funk, soul, afro and Philly records on original US labels. He regularly received promos, months, even years, before they got to Italy. Ciak was one of the first clubs in the country to be equipped with two turntables and a proper mixer (and a great sound system), so when he started DJing there in 1974, initially filling in for a week for a sick friend, Miki quickly became a DJ of advanced techniques. He was the first Italian DJ to use a set of headphones to locate the best spot to cut the record in, and the first to take control of the turntable to keep the records perfectly in tempo. He also got into playing around with EQ, not only to boost the bass for premium thump, but to compensate for the loss of highs that occurred when a record was slowed down during mixing. All this was self taught as there was no one else doing anything like it in Italy at the time. The music he was being sent from New York suited his DJing style perfectly, so it’s probably safe to say that Miki was the first Italian DJ to be playing disco style music in Italy. His turntable skills, plus his record collection made him a massive influence on many Italian DJs who followed in his footsteps as they witnessed him abandon the old style of chatting between songs and playing for five hours at a time mixing seemlessly. Miki was resident at Ciak until 1990 when he retired from DJing for personal reasons.
From Al Kent’s Million Dollar Disco

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