The Brooklynite, Vandy C, is a man of Hip Hop legend and mystery. He was among the most impressive early Hip Hop industry "renaissance artists", he was successful and skillful as a MC, DJ, Producer, Radio Show Host, Show Promoter, & Indie Label Executive/A&R...and that was all before finding his true calling in life!
Vandy C may not be a household name, but If you were a Hip Hop artist or fan in the New York area in the 80s/90s then you were more than likely aware of his presence. He mostly focused his energy on cultivating new talent, so chances are you may not even be largely familiar with some of his projects, but 80s Underground fans certainly recognize these names where his beats found homes; Freak L (Urban Rock Records), Tray Bag MC (Body Rock Records), Kid Flash (Tabu Records), Shazzy (Elektra Records), Tony D & Cool Gino G (Body Rock Records), The Don (Rush Associated Labels), etc... Probably the best known artist he produced for is The Jaz (a.k.a Jaz-O/Big Jaz), doing a some of the best tracks for his Sophomore EMI Records album, "To Your Soul".
As an artist he was signed to Select Records with his long-time right-hand man as, Vandy C & Bill Blast, where they both shared microphone duties and Vandy C held down the production and scratches. He expanded on his DJ skills by entering a host of competitions and going head to head with such notable competitors such as Jazzy Jeff, Mr Mixx (of 2 Live Crew), etc...
He was also a rather largely important part of the New York Hip Hop Radio scene with his Get Busy Or Get Lost Show on 91.5 that ran for about a decade.
In our 3-part interview we breakdown his incredible and interesting career in great detail, as well as discuss why he mysteriously left the scene in the early 90s and how that eventually lead to his road to become Pastor Vandy Coulter. Plenty of intriguing stories ensue....
Here in part 1 we discuss his early musical fascinations, being influenced by Grandmaster Flash, early Brooklyn Hip Hop Pioneers, and how he made the transition from rocking parties to making records, including how that involved Evelyn Champagne King and his battle with DJ Jazzy Jeff!!!
Check back this weekend for parts 2 & 3 on Saturday and Sunday respectively and then a wrap up Sunday with some additional bonus clips!!!
Video Edited By Daniel Schlueter