DJ Bnutz kicks it old school at the APK

New mixes fuse hip-hop, electronica and soul

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

DJ Bnutz

Since the release of the first Technics SL 1200 " widely regarded as the cornerstone of all turntables " DJing has become its own culture.

“In terms of how far DJing has evolved, let’s just say that we’re standing on the shoulders of giants,” DJ Bnutz quips. “I started when I was 6-years-old and I just ran with it. It has been a terrific experience.”

DJ Bnutz, the house DJ at the Alex P. Keaton, has been spinning for almost his entire life and shows no signs of slowing down, demonstrating an incredible technical proficiency, creativity and a genuine enthusiasm for great beats.

Most recently, DJ Bnutz hosted The Sound Catcher tour. The tour featured several prominent DJs, including DJ Vadim, Abstract Rude, MC Yarah Bravo, OK Cobra, and DJ Freek. Each act showcased its unique style of music, fusing hip-hop, electronica, and soul.

“It’s really great to play with [DJ Vadim]. His style and his unique approach to DJing is simply awe-inspiring. He has lots of passion,” DJ Bnutz confesses.

“I’m rather jealous,” he says with a grin.

DJ Vadim, a Russian-born DJ/producer, has worked with acts such as The Roots, Public Enemy, and Dilated Peoples.

DJ Bnutz, along with DJ Freek, have been with the APK since early 2006.

He offered his insights into mixing as well as his obsessive fascination with vinyl records and his reluctance to turn digital.

DJ Freek

“I’m still running with old school vinyls. I love them … I’m still probably one of the few DJs in London who brings hundreds of records to a show,” DJ Bnutz says with a laugh. “Once you create and maintain a collection of great [records], it’s really hard to let it all go.”

In an age where everything " especially the music industry " is going digital, DJ Bnutz still sees a tremendous advantage in staying with vinyl.

“One thing I really enjoy about vinyls is that I get new material directly from New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver " even before it’s available digitally. I’m always scared that I’m going to wear out my vinyls and be forced to go over to digital,” DJ Bnutz jokes. “Hopefully that will never happen.”

With the advent of digital sampling and production programs, DJ Bnutz sees the hip-hop and electronica scene splitting into two different camps.

“Ultimately, it will boil down to digital versus wax. DJs and producers who like to download are usually fixed into [digital] sampling, whereas you have those who are bumping Kool Herc while throwing their skills on the the tables themselves.”

For more information on DJ Buntz and DJ Freek, visit www.myspace.com/djbnutz and www.myspace.com/dj_freek. DJ Bnutz and DJ Freek spin every Thursday at the Alex P. Keaton @ 10 p.m.

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