A major force behind the creation of southern California’s first turntable band, the Beat Junkies, is a multi-faceted musician known to the world as DJ Rhettmatic. Born Nazareth Nirza, his artistic contributions to the music industry have placed him, along with his fellow members of the Beat Junkie crew, at the top of the DJ universe. Possessing unstoppable visions of excelling in this art form, Rhettmatic unites music enthusiasts around the world by sharing his unparalleled skills and talent. His personal discography of musical achievements presents a host of successful accomplishments, and by applying his creativity and dedication, his record of ingenious masterworks will continue to grow.
Rhettmatic began his DJ career in 1983, with Double Platinum, a DJ group based out of Cerritos, CA. As one of the original members of the Beat Junkie crew, he played a major role in introducing Southern California’s first turntable band to global audiences. Rhettmatic’s unique style encompasses the many elements of a multifaceted hip-hop DJ. As an accomplished scratch musician, as well as an explosive party/club DJ, Rhettmatic demonstrates his versatility by using the turntable as his musical instrument. His talent and musical expertise also extends into the realm of producing beats that helped him earn recognition and rewards well deserved. Citing a number of distinguished influences, Rhettmatic credits those individuals that greatly impacted the hip hop/dj culture as honorable talent who helped shape his musical style. Inspiration derives from a spectrum of legends, including Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jeff, Joe Cooley, the now defunct Invisibl Skratch Piklz, and the X-ecutioners. Rhettmatic highly acknowledges fellow Beat Junkie member, DJ Curse, as his leading mentor. As curse shared his turntable exhibition, involving scratches and other dj techniques, Rhettmatic’s interest in the DJ art form leaped, allowing him to take hold of his musical passion and succeed. Viewing a live performance of “rock it” by Herbie Hancock featuring Grandmixer DST on Saturday night live also serves as a major driving factor in motivating Rhettmatic to set his place in music history. Rhettmatic not only applies the skills and techniques of his DJ influences to his individual compositions. He also dives into a pool of other musical genres, which feed him valuable sources of motivation. His collection of soul and old school R&B, including James Brown and Prince, exemplify Rhettmatic’s draw towards funky grooves. Jazz supremes such as John Coltrane and Bob James, as well as masterful rock composers, including the Beatles and Steely Dan, also enrich his musical style and creative arrangements. Rhettmatic seized numerous triumphs both as a musical performer and as a creative genius. He claimed the titles of Disco Mixing Club (DMC) West Coast Champion (1996), International Turntablist Federation (ITF) Team USA Champion (1997). Rhettmatic’s innovations produce a boundless list of prized accomplishments. His musical masterpieces include “e=mc5” by Key Kool and Rhettmatic featuring Ras Kass, lmno, Voodoo, and Meen Green3, “come on” by the visionaries4, “ubiquity” by the associates featuring key kool, evidence of dilated peoples, and divine styler5, and “hip hop’s been good to me” by aceyalone6. Currently, he is working on several projects, which he plans to release this year. Rhettmatic, in collaboration with Key Kool, will introduce their second album and, as an integral commander of the visionaries, this group’s focus is to release their third masterwork this year.