Barry Lederer is a pioneer who was at the forefront of the disco scene - not only as a DJ, but as a sound designer and journalist.
A native of Far Rockaway, Queens, Barry grew up in the Bronx and Long Island. Prior to his studies at Alfred University, Barry’s love of music grew where he was an avid record collector (Barry currently has a whopping 40,000 12" Singles/LPs and about 5,000 CDs) As social chairman of his fraternity, he soon was making mix tapes from the radio and playing them at parties.
After University, Barry worked as a social worker in New York. His work involved everything from being a caseworker to inspecting old -age homes.
His first break came when he
was at the club The Firehouse, in SoHo. Familiar with the
trendsetting music of Fire Island, Barry complained about the
standard of music to the management. They asked if he could do
any better, and three weeks later he found himself mixing to a
crowd of 300. Word soon spread of his talent as a deejay, and
soon the venue was filled with over 1,500 people weekly dancing
to the sounds of Brown Sugar, Nathan Jones, and
Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys.