As Mary Anne Hobbes said on her BBC 1 show, “You won’t find another musician as agile and reckless as DJ /rupture.” He’s performed in over 30 countries, released records on Soul Jazz & Tigerbeat6, DJ’ed in a band with Norah Jones, done two John Peel Sessions, and was turntable soloist with the 80-member Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Rupture’s fans include Robert Plant and that hot person you saw on the street yesterday but were afraid to talk to. His recent album, Uproot, was named one of the 10 Best Albums of 2008 by Pitchfork.
What’s Rupture sound like? A border-crossing bass visionary. His dynamic live sets simultaneously partyrock and suggest complex political undertones. Download his highly-influential Gold Teeth Thief mix from 2001. A four-star review in VIBE Magazine praised it as a “stunning, globe-trotting, three-turntable mix” that “captures the spirit of the best bootleg mixes–bumping, brash, and without borders.” The New York Times calls Rupture “a thoughtful pipeline for music from countless distant and obscure outposts.”
Each Wednesday evening from 7-8pm, Rupture hosts a radio show on NYC-area FM station WFMU, 91.1 fm, featuring lots of international exclusives and live guests. You can listen online & stream the archives. Rupture’s show is re-broadcast weekly on local FM stations in Belgium, Croatia, France.
Rupture has just released an album with guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex), called Patches. This fall the Agriculture Records in NYC will release a follow-up to Uproot, called Solar Life Raft.