Thursday, October 22, 2015

ELEVATE festival this weekend

I'm pleased to be speaking and Djing at the ELEVATE festival this weekend in Graz, Austria.

My connections with the festival go back many years, at this point. I first met the co-founder, Eiterherd, back in 2001, when he was on tour in the US and hosted by Broklyn Beats, the breakcore/noise/electronic label that would (alongside the Renegade Virus/23 Windows crew) provide a musical home for me (and a literal one- I moved into their loft shortly after and became a resident DJ for their night at Subtonic) when I first came to NY city.

The festival is small, but beautifully put together, with a free daytime program of political discussion, very focused on green and leftist ideas, putting them into dynamic interaction with arts and musical events. and then night time is for music, often also pulling together the thoughts of the day and re-expressing them physically and socially. Every year is a different theme, and this one, Creative Response, spoke to me a great deal.

So I'm glad to be part of a discussion on Creative Response/Ability on Friday evening (7pm) alongside

  • The Yes Men (US) 
  • Antonino D'Ambrosio (US)  
  • Elisabeth Mayerhofer (AT) 
  • John Jordan (UK) - via Videostream 
  • Kalyanee Mam (KH) - via Videostream 
  • HERBERT (UK) - via Videostream

And later that night (I go on at 10pm), I'm djing with this incredible lineup inside a castle in a mountain (the Dom im Berg venue is wild!)

  • DJ Funk live (Dance Mania/US)
  • Bok Bok (Night Slugs/UK)
  • RP Boo (Planet Mu, Honest Jon's Records/US)
  • Venus X (GHE20G0TH1K‬/US)
  • MikeQ (Fade To Mind/US)
  • DJ Ripley (Dutty Artz/US)
Keep an eye on this festival, and come through if you are in the area!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RISE AND SHINE!! a new mix from Ripley!

I'm pleased to share with you this new DJ mix, full of sunshine, bang and bounce. This focuses on the uplifting, energizing dancefloor vibe, with plenty of sounds from African, Afrolatin, Caribbean sources and combinations, going further, deeper, wider, really stratospheric in scope!

Already blessed by a lovely review from Generation Bass, a blog you should keep track of if you like these kinds of sounds (and many others too).

A battle cry where appropriate, and a hope: RISE AND SHINE!!

contents include: gqom, kuduro, azonto, dembow, soca, chutney, dancehall, afrobeats, afrohouse, baile funk, jersey club, 3bal and more!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Ripley on Saturday 19th 6-8pm PST!

I love radio, especially pirate and community radio. I'm hoping to deepen my involvement in it soon, but until that time I've been blessed to have a chance to play and be interviewed on a great show: Culture Remixed.

Culture Remixed is hosted by community internet radio station Radio Sombra, which physically resides (as all radio, even internet radio, must do) in Espacio 1839, Boyle Heights. The genesis of this station and community center and its social history is a beautiful story for anyone interested in autonomous culture, community media making and forward-thinking projects, luckily one of the people who helped tell it (in conversation with one of the founders and member of the collective Marco Amador) is Oliver Wang aka O-dub, one of the the growing cohort of scholar-djs out there: check out this great piece and interview with Marco.

Culture Remixed is one of many great shows, but as the title implies, close to my heart in ethos, with a creative and wide-ranging approach to radio, attending to the communities and cultures that spring from and generate music.

The show airs tomorrow, Saturday September 19, 6-8pm Pacific Time (that's 9-11pm Eastern time), the archive will be up shortly after. But if you can, tune in!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Dutty Artz presents: Brunch Gozón

TODAY! Come celebrate my birthday and eat delicious food with me and my crew!

Dutty Artz has always been into multisensory experiences, especially ones that help us link across and through borders, making conscious links across the globe and celebrating flavors that don’t get enough love. A few years back at Beyond the Block in Sunset Park, we made sure food trucks with Chinese and Mexican food kept people fed. This month we bring it in-house with BRUNCH GOZÓN, the first of a series of daytime (into early evening) music-and-food experiences, kicking off Sunday, August 30th from 12pm-7pm at TBA Brooklyn (395 Wythe Ave on the corner of South 6th Street).
Venezuela holds a special place in our hearts for many reasons, for one: it is the home of the fabulous Dutty Artz member MPeach! But also its location on Latin America’s coast: sharing a Caribbean connection across the sea, especially to Trinidad has led to its own take on soundsystem culture, and in recent years a booming electronic music scene. In the food and music we can taste the indigenous, colonial, African, and immigrant flavors and honor the way people not only survive tremendous upheaval and displacement, but make survival beautiful, expressive, and delicious.
Our Brunch Gozón chefs Luis Guayaba y Los Mangan will be serving a variety of Venezuelan food specialties: cachapas, empanadas, cachito de jamón, ceviches, desayuno criollo, and more! Luis Herrera is a Venezuelan chef based in NYC, currently working as Sous Chef at Cosme, Michelin Star chef Enrique Olvera’s first restaurant in New York, and he’ll be teaming up with Chef Jose Ignacio Useche.
Dutty Artz will frame this taste experience with music highlighting the sounds of Venezuela, Latin America, and the Caribbean: DJs RiobambaUproot AndyRipleyTalachaUshka and Selecta K7will charm your ears and get your bodies shaking. There will be plenty of space to eat, drink and dance in the last weeks of summer!
Entrance is free, and food tickets will be available for purchase. See below for an idea of the deliciousness on offer!