South Beach Recycling consists of twin brothers, Sergio and Rosi Fernandez, who were heavily involved in the launch of the NYC Disco and Hip Hop scenes.
Originally hailing from the Bronx, the twins started young throwing block parties at one end of Sedgwick Avenue, unfortunately for them, it was the opposite end to Kool Herc, therefore was not fantastically attended. It did however give the boys exposure and more importantly the chance to practise on their Uncle Daves almost defunct sound system.
Photo of the boys trying to get the system going while Uncle Dave fiddles with the Amp (which on this rare occasion he did fix, however everyone had buggered off to Kool Hercs party by then, down the street).
On one rare occasion the boys got the sound system going. Somebody claiming to be Fab Five Freddys long lost brother (also called Dave) heard the boys and approached them to be their Manager claiming he could get them a starring role in the now legendary Hip Hop movie WILDSTYLE.
The boys thought they had finally hit the big time, with the promise of being the headlining DJ’s on stage at the Finale parties. The word got out around the Bronx and the lads were finally getting the credit they deserved…however, this success was not to last as Fab Five Freddy had struck a deal across town with another upstart calling himself Grand Master Flash and the boys were relegated to being extras in the crowd.
Heartbroken and ashamed the boys decided to leave NYC and head to the sun, the place they had always dreamed off, Miami.
With only a dollar between them the only job the boys could get upon arrival at South Beach, was as trash collectors and nobody was interested in their Dj’ing skills.
The boys were destitute, living on the streets, clothes in tatters,denied entry to every club in town so they had no way of showing just how good they were on the decks and only their works boiler suits holding together their dream was in tatters until one fateful day……..
One night while looking for shelter they broke into an old office block at the back of South beach and they couldn’t believe their eyes, an old abandoned recording studio full of equipment and tapes. This being the first bit of entertainment bestowed on them since their arrival in Miami they decided to fire up the equipment and see what was on the tapes.
They couldn’t believe their luck! On every tape they listened they found rare and previously shelved disco, but some of the tapes were completely ruined in places and this forced the boys to splice the bits they could use together.
After 20 years of putting these tracks together, learning their craft listening to the work of their hero’s Walter Gibbons, Larry Levan, Danny Krivit, Dimitri From Paris and Al Kent, getting promoted to head sorters and collectors of recycling for Miami South Beach Council, the boys got it together, rented a studio flat uptown and got themselves on the internet where their work laid for a few years until being discovered across the pond by the UK’s renowned Disco label Midnight Riot.
Midnight Riot have since acquired the original tapes of the boys work and have published their work firstly on the chart topping Midnight Riot 8 album and now with their own EP recently released…..it seems there may be more to come.
With Airplay from Andy Sharps Stomp Radio in London, Bad Barbie on Kane FM, and as far away on Cool Hand J’s show in South Carolina and charting by numerous DJ’s the Fernandez boys legacy looks to live on in their music….watch this space for details!
Andy Sharps No Pressure radio show & Blog featuring South Beach Recycling:
Cat: NS 01. Rel: 04 Jul 16
You’re The One (7:17)
Playing Daze (6:40)
(The above blog may or may not be an entirely fictional fabrication…..)