Sal Principato

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Sal Principato is best known as one of the original members of legendary New York group Liquid Liquid. Actually, calling Liquid Liquid "legendary" is an understatement. Born in the No Wave scene that launched DNA, Lydia Lunch and James Black, and the art scene that launched Basquiat and Keith Haring, Liquid Liquid transformed their original post-punk angst into a highly organic garage funk that freely pastiched everything incredible about NYC and also drew on tribal music (when that meant Gamelan & Pygmy music, not just a sampled conga loop) and trance music (when that meant Fela, PiL, Can, Neu!) making a groove that could resonate in the Paradise Garage to the Zanzibar and all the way to the Shrine. Although they really started from an art-rock background, it was the early club scene that embraced their sound. This is what made New York's music scene so interesting in that era, the division between the avant garde and pop music was fuzzy at best, and collaborations and cross pollinations were celebrated. One of the early Liquid Liquid singles was copied for Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's massive hit "White Lines", and "Optimo" was played by early visionary DJs such as Afrika Bambaataa, Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy, Tony Humphries and Larry Levan. Much of the popular "dance rock" music you hear today simply couldn't exist without Liquid Liquid.
 
Sal enjoys experimenting with BMG, finding ever evolving new directions, and elegant but economic vegetarian cooking.