DJ Food premieres the first headline performance of his Quadraphon turntable right here at RMH! A custom-built deck with four tone arms, it places him into a space somewhere between turntablist performance and club DJ.
This is an exclusive live experimental performance: each track is entirely improvised based on which groove the first needle lands on. As Pitchfork says: “DJ Food is doing things with turntables that no one else is”…
Originally produced by Coldcut on the ninja tune independent record label, the DJ Food project started in 1990 on the premise of providing metaphorical “food for DJs”. DJ Food released the Jazz Brakes series, with Jazz Brakes Volume 3 being the most successful. The records consisted of collections of breaks, loops and samples, ideal for mixing, remixing and producing the trademark ninja tune blend of jazz & hip hop.
Volumes 4 and 5 of the Jazz Brakes series, co-created with DJ / producer PC transcend the breakbeat compilation format to stand as artist albums in their own right. The later DJ Food albums have developed with shades of latin, dub, techno, ambient, and jungle flavouring the funk.
With the Quadraphon using locked groove records, DJ Food can build anything from ambient soundscapes to pounding techno. Each tone arm plays a different part of the record and is fed to a separate channel on the mixer, turning the deck into a four track sequencer that can be mixed, filtered and put through FX to form ever-shifting rhythms.