DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist are bringing their vinyl-only Renegades of Rhythm tour to the UK in February 2015 after covering North America this Autumn.
These two world-renowned artists and turntablists are spinning the well-loved and well-worn vinyl from the record collection of the founding father of hip-hop and ‘Master of Records’, Afrika Bambaataa.
Talking about how the idea for the show came about, DJ Shadow said,
“When Bambaataa was in the process of donating his collection to CornellUniversity, someone decided that it would be a good idea to let a couple of DJ’s go through the collection and take some of the records on tour “one last time” before everything ended up in the Cornell vault. We were contacted in November of 2013, and we flew to New York to look at the collection and make sure we had Bam’s blessing. Then began the painstaking process of going through the entire collection to make our selections. We wanted to tell a story through his records, and honour not only Bambaataa himself, but the roots of the culture he helped create.”DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist kicked off their North American tour this year with two sold-out shows at NYC’s Irving Plaza where Bambaataa himself watched from the balcony as the duo pulled his vinyl collection apart and mixed a nostalgic set that chronicled and honoured the genre that influenced so many others.
When asked about what UK audiences could expect from the live shows, Cut Chemist said,
“A 90 minute performance that is delivered not unlike our previouscollaborative performances. We use 6 turntables, two mixers, drum machines, a lot of records that make up unique blends to create a narrative about how hip hop evolved through the influence of DJs like Afrika Bambaataa, Flash, Grand Wizard Theodore and Kool Herc. We also have a visual component that compliments the music with rarely seen Joe Conzo photos.”
Tickets for the tour, the dates of which you can see below, are available here and in the meantime, check out the trailer video for the shows below to remind you what it’s all about!
Renegades Of Rhythm UK Tour Dates 2015
Tuesday 3rd February 2015, Manchester, Albert Hall
Wednesday 4th February 2015, London, Forum
Thursday 5th February 2015, Bristol, Motion