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DJ Grandmixer DXT (formerly Grandmixer D.ST, born Derek Showard) is an American turntablist. "D.ST" is a reference to Manhattan, New York City's Delancey Street on the Lower East Side.

Widely recognized as a pioneer, Showard is credited with helping establish the turntable as a a fully performable and improvisational musical instrument (Alberts 2002). Especially important is his technique of altering the pitch of the note or sound on the LP record.

He is also credited with greatly helping to popularize DJing through his scratching on Herbie Hancock's single "Rockit" from the Bill Laswell produced album Future Shock. The music video for "Rockit" was extremely popular on MTV.

He is interviewed in the 2001 documentary, Scratch.




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