jueves, 16 de octubre de 2014

Great Guardian article on Jace Clayton / DJ Rupture


DJ /rupture: how to sing like a sufi

He's worked with Berber tribespeople, composed for the stock exchange – and written a show about a destitute pianist. Genre-busting musician Jace Clayton talks to Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Jace Clayton, aka DJ /rupture
‘Many music critics still believe in magical black people’ … Jace Clayton, aka DJ /rupture. Photograph: Rocio Rodriguez Salceda

He started doing DJ /rupture sets in Boston during the late 1990s. "Boston's extremely segregated," he says in his city's beautifully rounded, faintly Canadian accent. "And musical segregation was indistinguishable from actual segregation. You wanted to buy reggae, you had to take three buses to go to Dorchester. You wanted to hear house, you would only go to the house club. My style wasn't going to be the same all night long." Instead he drew on music from around the world: cumbia and baile funkfrom South America, dancehall from Jamaica, polyrhythmic ballads from Africa. You can hear the spirit of these genre-blind sets in subsequent generations of DJs, from Diplo and Erol Alkan, to Oneman andJackmaster.
In 2000, Clayton moved to Barcelona with his Spanish wife, became fascinated with Moroccan culture and formed a band called Nettle with violinist Abdel Rahal, cellist Jenny Jones and Khalid Bennaji on the lute-like guembri. "I was interested in acoustic instruments and having that beautiful sound, but pulling that into the computer for processing," he says. "And I wanted to create a space where the musicians were all equally uncomfortable. I'm interested in collaboration, but I'm interested in moments where the translation breaks down. You don't need 'fusion' – you can make it as old and friction-laden as you want."

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