Jace Clayton Becomes DJ /rupture

Interview

Friday, August 17, 2012

Jace Clayton, who performs as DJ /rupture, at his home in Brooklyn Jace Clayton, who performs as DJ /rupture, at his home in Brooklyn (Josh Rogosin)

Jace Clayton is the philosopher-king of club DJs. He’s a Harvard grad who used to review poetry, and made some tracks with poet Elizabeth Alexander. He’s an ethnomusicologist who’s fascinated by the way digital technology is taken up in different cultures. He designs software, including Sufi plugins that work with sound editing programs to create effects from Sufi music. Working as DJ /rupture, he makes mixes dense with disparate sounds and jam-packed with ideas: from traditional Berber music of North Africa to Jungle beats of the UK, to American hiphop, to musique concrete of midcentury France. He uses not two turntables but three — a DJ’s equivalent of going up to 11. Kurt Andersen visits DJ /rupture at his home in Brooklyn and gets a lesson in the fundamentals of beat matching. (Watch the video.)

Clayton was in college when he came under the spell of jungle, also known as drum and bass, the fast electronic dance music of the 1990s rave scene. But he found himself bored by the clubs in Boston. “It'd be one tempo, one style of music all night long, and I just felt that didn't reflect what I was as musician. I was like, I wanna rupture that dance floor, put a big hole in that." Just a few years out of college, Rupture put the three-turntable mix tape Gold Teeth Thief up on the internet. It went viral, became a critics darling, and he became a global presence. The German magazine De:Bug named him the best DJ in the world.

Rupture explains that when it comes to finding sounds to mix, it’s not enough to sit home and trawl the internet — sometimes you have to go get the CDs from the back of the clothing stall in the Moroccan bazaar. But we have a project you can do without getting on a plane:


Venus in Fur

DJ /RUPTURE REMIX CHALLENGE

  • Download the tracks
  • Create your own remix
  • Upload your remix and listen to others

We've got all the details HERE.


Video: Inside DJ /rupture's Brooklyn studio

    Music Playlist
  1. Gold Teeth Thief
    Artist: DJ /rupture
    Album: Gold Teeth Thief
  2. Renegade Snares
    Artist: Omni Trio
    Album: Music for the Next Millenium
    Label: Smile Communication
    Purchase: Amazon
  3. Ayyiss Bo Tdlal (The Jeweled Horse)
    Artist: Imanaren
    Album: Imanaren
    Label: Dutty Artz
    Purchase: Amazon
  4. Into the Ohio River
    Artist: DJ /rupture feat. Elizabeth Alexander
    Album: Split
    Label: Tigerbeat6
    Purchase: Amazon
  5. El Resplandor
    Artist: Nettle
    Album: El Resplandor: The Shining in Dubai
    Label: Sub rosa
    Purchase: Amazon

Guests:

Jace Clayton, (a.k.a. DJ /rupture)

Contributors:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [1]

Marla Weatherspoon Johnson from Atlanta, GA

DJ Rupture your ear is hot! You dig deep for the origins of the music you love as any self-respecting music maniac does. I know a real student of Techno and House such as yourself knows TECHNO WAS BORN IN DETROIT (my hometown!). So far, only Europe seems to know but that's about to change. A self-funded labor of love doc, TechnoMECCA, is in the works to drop this knowledge to the rest of the world. The footage so far looks great! If you think so, too, please put the word out in your myriad circles. They'd be immensely grateful! Check 'em out at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/aLlNa OR AT http://www.urbanthinking.net/page/technomecca-film-overview
Kurt, they would be ECSTATIC to hear from you. I must tell you, I absolutely love everything about your show. For the broad-ranging, insightful, intellectual and cultural nourishment that is Studio 360, I thank you!

Aug. 20 2012 08:47 PM

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