In preparation for their "Renegades of Rhythm" tour, turntable specialists and producers DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist hosted a Reddit AMA for users to ask questions about their career, personal interests, and upcoming tour. "Renegades of Rhythm" will be celebrating the works of legendary hip-hop icon Afrika Bambaataa, utilizing solely the hip-hop pioneer's extensive catalogue of records on their vinyl-only tour. In the Reddit AMA, there were an astounding number of questions posed by fans and listeners, so we collected five of the best and most informational questions about their upcoming tour. Read through what these inspirational artists had to say below!
Cut: What was it like working in the film industry as a musician? How did that even happen?
Shadow: What is one of your corest inspirations?
Both: What, in your opinion, was Afrika Bambaataa's greatest accopmplishment?
Both: Any chance at midwest shows?
DJ Shadow: I'll try to tackle a few of these...I'd say my core inspiration is ambition. All of my favorite moments in music, from Art Of Noise to Public Enemy to De La Soul, are when it sounds like someone tried really hard to create something that will live forever. As a producer, that's what inspires me. Re: Bam, in my opinion his greatest accomplishment was successfully combating violence and poverty with music. And yes, we're doing some Midwest shows (check the link). Thanks!
Cut Chemist: The film industry is awesome when they come to you. Thats exactly what happened. Director Jason Reitman hit me up and asked me to be in a movie. As simple as that. Bams greatest achievement... there are so many but I would say having the insight to turn gang culture into an art culture. That is such a heroic thing to even attempt and it worked.
Was there a particular record or records that you were surprised to find in Bambaataas collection? Unreleased/unknown acetates?
DJ Shadow: You will be stunned!!! We certainly were...
Just curious as to how you plan out joint-mixes like this? Do you guys actually get to spend much time in the same room together? Or is a lot of it sorted out electronically first (especially now-a-days)?
DJ Shadow: When we put these sets together, we're both in the same room surrounded by records. We look for themes to follow, blends that work well, and try to push each other to try things we've never done as DJs. Brainfreeze took about 5 days, Product Placement about 10 days, The Hard Sell like a month. The Renegades set is all we're focusing on between now and September 1st. Since we're using all vinyl, the computers will be off. Thanks for the question!
Any hopes of Renegades of Rhythm making it overseas to Europe?
DJ Shadow: Definitely, most likely in January or February. Bam thought worldwide and we do too
I've managed to attend every mega-mix performance since Brainfreeze and cant wait to see the latest variation! Curious, how many turntables will be on stage during this tour?
Cut Chemist: So far we talked about 6 being the magic number
9/1 – Toronto, ON – Guvernment
9/3 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
9/4 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
9/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
9/8 – Washington, DC – The Fillmore Silver Spring
9/9 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
9/11 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
9/12 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft At Center Stage
9/14 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
9/16 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
9/18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live
9/19 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
9/20 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
9/22 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
9/23 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
9/24 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
9/26 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
9/27 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
9/29 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
10/1 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/2 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10/3 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/7 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/8 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
10/9 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom