RJD2 Spins Sets Tonight at The Belmont
Admittedly, it’s rare – if at all – that the Austin Music Minute would feature a DJ. But there’s more to RJD2 than what goes on at the turntables – or behind the infamous welding mask and voice modifier he sports at gigs.
The Philadelphia-based RJD2 (born Ramble John Krohn) skyrocketed to popularity and notoriety with his 2002 critically-acclaimed debut, Deadringer. Since then, throughout his ten-year career, he’s done even more to establish himself on multiple levels: A premiere DJ, multi-instrumentalist, hip hop producer, live performer surrounded by high-rise stacks of vinyl, and composer. He’s known to more mainstream audiences through the theme song he composed for the TV series Mad Men. Last year, the RJ teamed up with Aaron Livingston of Philadelphia band The Mean to collaborate on a new project, Icebird, and release the album Abandoned Lullaby.
He is, indeed, a master of sound manipulation, completely energized by the live experience. Amidst the swirling funky drum-and-bass bustle and visuals on a screen flashing shots of everything from his turntable mastery to scenes from The Matrix, The Godfather, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Evil Dead II, you’ll see him juggling four turntables at once. In the zone. Vinyl-smitten. Geeking out.
Don’t miss the dance party. RJD2 will be in Austin tonight at The Belmont, 305 W. 6th St. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the set starts at 8 p.m. Recommended.