This year has been a year of expansion & experimentation for me (DJ Ripley), from the chance to play Lincoln Center with Ushka, Dutty Artz/Kafundo collaborators Buraka Plays Som and Charanjit Singh, to my new gig as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Business at NYU. I’ve also been branching out creatively, with new collaborations in the works in production/remixing (more on that forthcoming), and this week, a new live performance experience – I will be performing a live DJ set with amazing drummer/percussionist/beatmaker Ravish Momin. He is an esteemed jazz drummer and Indian percussionist who has toured across the world alongside many free jazz greats as well as with multiple iterations of his own band, Tarana.



This Saturday I’ll be playing a very special show with Zs as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival here in NYC’s lovely sounding Merkin Concert Hall. (I recorded the twin pianos on my upcoming album, The Julius Eastman Memory Depot, at the Merkin.) Saturday will open with 2 half-hour solo sets from the Zs & I. Then — after an intermission! — comes an hourlong collaborative piece. This is where thing’ll get really interesting. Some notes from our brainstorm/plotting session:



I have recently returned from a trip around Europe, where I played a few gigs, and attended Womex and the Impakt! Festival. Check out my tour mix, and an interview and mix I did for’s radio show in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

This week I’m back in New York, and I’m not the only one returning. New York is in for a big week showcasing some of Africa’s most internationally popular genres. Read on for a little round up of fun upcoming shows.


Last week me and Atropolis played at the launch party for the new Dub Stuy record label and their home built reggae sound system.  Playing on this system was really really fun.  Physical sound vibrations, great bass and a great vibe. Big shoutout to the Dub Stuy team for having the vision to put this together.  We need more people thinking big like this in our underground scene in Brooklyn.


[screenshot from Sufi Plug Ins’ clapping drum machine, PALMAS]

This Thursday evening, Bill Bowen & I will present SUFI PLUG INs at Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee’s Advanced Ableton Users meetup in Manhattan. Free with RSVP, live streaming. 7:30-10pm.

& on Friday Lamin Fofana and I are heading up to perform at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, where will be joined by DJ Rizzla for a night of ‘DJs on the Harbor’, throwing down at their lovely waterfront space. Come through!

Dear Canada, this Sunday’s free lakeside event in Toronto looks to be truly epic. All sorts of multimedia installations & interventions, a pool & lake to dip in, and music provided by friends Venus X, Maga Bo, Poirier, Dos Mundos, and myself. See you there! FIRE ON THE WATER.

Here’s a thoughtful interview with organizers Christie & Marcus, and a chat I did with Toronto’s Now magazine.


Last night I hit the decks to put together 22 minutes of summer, blended and intensified for your listening pleasure. Stream below. Direct download here [50 MB]. Better yet, we’d love to see you at the party I’m throwing with Dutty Artz crew @ Glasslands in Williamsburg *tonight*! Here’s my original post about the event, a combination birthday party (let’s roar, fellow leos!), fundraiser, and dutty wine dance up.

From Wayne’s great writeup:

Allow me to remind that next WEDNESDAY, July 25, Beat Research will play host, in the Good Life’s booming basement, to a full-blown reunion of Boston’s legendary Toneburst Collective. Bubbling up from Boston’s underground during the late 1990s, Toneburst was a loose-knit crew of DJs, electronic musicians, and video and installation artists, who together produced approximately 20 large-scale multimedia events in offbeat locations around New England and New York. More carnival than rave or concert, the crew’s productions mixed experimental beats, video, and performance art in unorthodox spaces. Beyond throwing great parties, Toneburst provided a platform for such influential acts as Kid 606, We™, Keith Fullerton Whitman (aka Hrvatski), and DJ /Rupture (a founding member)

keep reading


Everybody likes Italian dates, right? Well I got some:


First: on Wednesday May 16, I’m giving an artist talk in conversation with Simone Bertuzzi at the Triennale Museum in Milan. Right after that, Soundways Records boss Miles Cleret will spin some records, and I’ll close the night with a DJ set. This event is free, and the DJing portion of the evening takes place in the design museum’s backyard garden. It’s nice.

And on Thursday May 17, I’m heading to Venice, where I’ll be performing at the Teatro Fondamente Nuevo. Details. This will be my first time in Venezia, so come say hello!

Now this –


I just returned from Macao here in Milan — it’s a 32-story skyscraper which was squatted 10 days ago by a crew intending to transform the building (which had been shuttered for 15 years) into a ground-up contemporary art & culture center. This morning they got evicted by local police, which simply meant that everyone left the building but the crowd outside the Macao kept on growing… Fascinating moments over here. This Vogue Italia blog post provides background coverage and photos.

Dutty Artz Sweat Lodge Flier May Chief Boima Shadetek Atropolis Lamin Fofana Taliesin

Fresh off playing out in Milan along with Venus X and many months flitting about the world Dutty Artz own Chief Boima rejoins us to make you sweat. This episode of the party we’re doing as a fundraiser to pay for a much overdue re-vamp of the Dutty Artz website. All you need to do is come and get drunker than you usually do and you’ll be contributing to a good cause. Myself Matt Shadetek, Atropolis, Taliesin and Lamin Fofana will soundtrack that for you.

Chief Boima
Matt Shadetek
Lamin Fofana

The Cove, 108 N. 6th St.  Brooklyn NY (Take L Train to Bedford)

Friday May 11th 10PM-4AM $FREE ADMISSION

RSVP via Facebook HERE.


I haven’t played in NYC for awhile, so there are many things to be expressed. On the dancefloor. With Mykki Blanco (who’s in that rich moment where various magazines can’t decide which gendered pronoun to use), Prince Rama, & more. Coolest of all– it’s an 18+ show!


^CARLOS V + OSCAR_1992 + STRYKER^ Present:
DIM 5.0: Fri., May 4. 285 Kent Ave. 10pm. $10.00. Ages 18+


Desert Gold E-Flyer V11

We’re heading to California next weekend! Dutty Artz DJs Rupture, Chief Boima, Lamin Fofana, and Narco Iris (along with a bunch of friends — the list above is pretty impressive) will be making things go bump at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Our takeover hits Friday + Saturday nights, April 20 + 21st. Full schedule. Free for all you boutique hotel people, tix available for everybody else.

It’s Coachella time in that part of The World, so if you want a nice alternative to big festival dust and bathroom lines and beery sunstroke, come kick it with us at the Ace Hotel’s Roadside Attraction… BONUS: this will be Lamin Fofana’s first time in Cali!!

We’re slothing out hard this Sweat Lodge with a special guest from Newark, New Jersey: DJ Sliink.  Sliink is part of the prolific Brick Bandits Crew who have been carrying the torch for Jersey club music movement in fine style. Boima saw Sliink killing shit at SXSW this year and recommended that I invite him to Sweat Lodge and the rest will be history (soon!)  He’ll be joined by yours truly (Matt Shadetek), Atropolis and Taliesin.

Here’s a taste, float to this while you wait:




featuring DJ Sliink (Newark, Brick Bandits Crew)

Matt Shadetek



The Cove, 108 N. 6th St.  Brooklyn NY (Take L Train to Bedford)

Friday April 13th 10PM-4AM $FREE ADMISSION

RSVP via Facebook HERE.


This February edition of Sweat Lodge we’ve got a special guest for Sweat Lodge all the way from Colombia by way of London.  Isa GT has been a friend of the DA crew for a while now and making and releasing some awesome music. I first met her a few years ago at SXSW when she decided to jump on the mic and MC a little during my set at the Peligrosa / Tormenta Tropical party. It was outside on a patio and I played between Dubble Dutch and NguzuNguzu (before I knew DD!) and it was the first time I heard El Bebe Ambiente by NguzuNguzu. Suffice to say it was awesome and in the process Isa made a big impression on me with her personality. Actually here’s a picture, w/ everyone I mentioned plus Peligrosa madman and homie Orion. My arm looks like a weird snake but really that’s some historic shit right there. I’m happy to say we’ve connected the dots and here she is in NYC!

Isa GT at Dutty Artz Sweat Lodge February 2012

Here’s a flavor of what she does, she’s going to do some performing and some DJing at the party.


˙∆ INFOS ∆˙



Isa GT *LIVE/DJ* from Colombia via UK


DJ /Rupture

Geko Jones

Matt Shadetek


Friday Feb. 10th 10PM-4AM


at The Cove, 108 N. 6th St, Brooklyn NY.  Take the L train to Bedford or G to Lorimer and walk.