Wednesday, December 23, 2015

HEAVY 001 recap

HEAVY had a dancefloor from 9:30 to 2:10!

We kicked off with Anna Morgan DJ on deck and a storming and relentlessly positive live performance from Jeo da dancer, and then he and his colleague Nico Fresh rocked out on the dancefloor continually until the music ended. I loved seeing the dancehall moves to drumnbass, footwork, ghetto tek, jungle, dembow, reggaeton, grime and more throughout the night! WE had a great mix of people there, and pretty much everyone hit the dancefloor in all kinds of styles, including multiple breakdance circles, couples dancing, bootshaking and rave styles of all kinds. So good to see musical fam from all across NY's musical spectrum who were down for our particular kind of eclectic bass mayhem!

Mel G threw down such a fantastic and high energy set of detroit sounds from ghetto tek to footwork.

Riobamba absolutely slayed the scene with a wide-ranging and ferocious set of reggaeton, dembow, dancehall, 3bal, jersey club and all kinds of other heat.

Oblig brought the Grime heat, switching it up more at the end of his set.

and I wound it up by unleashing some of my beloved ragga jungle and early dnb at the end of the night, combining with new sounds for a half-vinyl, half-mp3 set of all bass madness!

Such an honor to bring this together and feeling pretty blessed by the positive high energy everyone brought. Especially great to work with Dj Anna Morgan, we're gonna do some fun things together in 2016!

Big cheers to Heather for awesome pix - check out the full set!

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Introducing... HEAVY - a new night from Ripley and Anna Morgan!!

I'm thrilled to announce an event that I and esteemed comrade Anna Morgan are at the helm of. the concept is simple: Heavy bass music in all its many forms. We are kicking it off in December and then will roll out a more regular gig in the new year!

Big bad bass sounds find a new home with the HEAVY crew starting Tuesday December 15!

We roll out multi-genre bass vibes from all over the world with an eclectic curation of grime, kuduro, jungle, dancehall, drumnbass, bassline, footwork, dubstep, tribal guarachero, dub, baile funk, miami bass, moombahton, future bass and anything else that drops it thunderously low.

 Residents Ripley (Dutty Artz/ Surya Dub) and Anna Morgan (JunXion/ Vitamin B) provide the groundwork for this foundation-rattling event with proper dark basement vibes!

Our special guests that showcase our eclectic approach to bass sounds:

Riobamba (Dutty Artz / Pico Picante), throwing down 3bal bass via Mexico and beyond,
Mel G (Teklife) playing juke and footwork
Oblig (lowlifeNYC) bringing that UK grime

$5 admission gets you a drink ticket, or email us at for the password and get in free before 11pm

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Ripley in ATX

While I was in Austin Texas, recently, I was pleased to line up a gig courtesy of the mighty DJ Orión of the famous Peligrosa parties.

By less-than-coincidence, DJ Wayneandwax was also there, and we all got to throw down at the Volstead! Was a good time, especially at the end when Wayne and I got to layer together a live mashup of  Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, Jeremih, Snoop Dogg and Sister Nancy.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

ELEVATE festival this weekend

I'm pleased to be speaking and Djing at the ELEVATE festival this weekend in Graz, Austria.

My connections with the festival go back many years, at this point. I first met the co-founder, Eiterherd, back in 2001, when he was on tour in the US and hosted by Broklyn Beats, the breakcore/noise/electronic label that would (alongside the Renegade Virus/23 Windows crew) provide a musical home for me (and a literal one- I moved into their loft shortly after and became a resident DJ for their night at Subtonic) when I first came to NY city.

The festival is small, but beautifully put together, with a free daytime program of political discussion, very focused on green and leftist ideas, putting them into dynamic interaction with arts and musical events. and then night time is for music, often also pulling together the thoughts of the day and re-expressing them physically and socially. Every year is a different theme, and this one, Creative Response, spoke to me a great deal.

So I'm glad to be part of a discussion on Creative Response/Ability on Friday evening (7pm) alongside

  • The Yes Men (US) 
  • Antonino D'Ambrosio (US)  
  • Elisabeth Mayerhofer (AT) 
  • John Jordan (UK) - via Videostream 
  • Kalyanee Mam (KH) - via Videostream 
  • HERBERT (UK) - via Videostream

And later that night (I go on at 10pm), I'm djing with this incredible lineup inside a castle in a mountain (the Dom im Berg venue is wild!)

  • DJ Funk live (Dance Mania/US)
  • Bok Bok (Night Slugs/UK)
  • RP Boo (Planet Mu, Honest Jon's Records/US)
  • Venus X (GHE20G0TH1K‬/US)
  • MikeQ (Fade To Mind/US)
  • DJ Ripley (Dutty Artz/US)
Keep an eye on this festival, and come through if you are in the area!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RISE AND SHINE!! a new mix from Ripley!

I'm pleased to share with you this new DJ mix, full of sunshine, bang and bounce. This focuses on the uplifting, energizing dancefloor vibe, with plenty of sounds from African, Afrolatin, Caribbean sources and combinations, going further, deeper, wider, really stratospheric in scope!

Already blessed by a lovely review from Generation Bass, a blog you should keep track of if you like these kinds of sounds (and many others too).

A battle cry where appropriate, and a hope: RISE AND SHINE!!

contents include: gqom, kuduro, azonto, dembow, soca, chutney, dancehall, afrobeats, afrohouse, baile funk, jersey club, 3bal and more!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Ripley on Saturday 19th 6-8pm PST!

I love radio, especially pirate and community radio. I'm hoping to deepen my involvement in it soon, but until that time I've been blessed to have a chance to play and be interviewed on a great show: Culture Remixed.

Culture Remixed is hosted by community internet radio station Radio Sombra, which physically resides (as all radio, even internet radio, must do) in Espacio 1839, Boyle Heights. The genesis of this station and community center and its social history is a beautiful story for anyone interested in autonomous culture, community media making and forward-thinking projects, luckily one of the people who helped tell it (in conversation with one of the founders and member of the collective Marco Amador) is Oliver Wang aka O-dub, one of the the growing cohort of scholar-djs out there: check out this great piece and interview with Marco.

Culture Remixed is one of many great shows, but as the title implies, close to my heart in ethos, with a creative and wide-ranging approach to radio, attending to the communities and cultures that spring from and generate music.

The show airs tomorrow, Saturday September 19, 6-8pm Pacific Time (that's 9-11pm Eastern time), the archive will be up shortly after. But if you can, tune in!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Dutty Artz presents: Brunch Gozón

TODAY! Come celebrate my birthday and eat delicious food with me and my crew!

Dutty Artz has always been into multisensory experiences, especially ones that help us link across and through borders, making conscious links across the globe and celebrating flavors that don’t get enough love. A few years back at Beyond the Block in Sunset Park, we made sure food trucks with Chinese and Mexican food kept people fed. This month we bring it in-house with BRUNCH GOZÓN, the first of a series of daytime (into early evening) music-and-food experiences, kicking off Sunday, August 30th from 12pm-7pm at TBA Brooklyn (395 Wythe Ave on the corner of South 6th Street).
Venezuela holds a special place in our hearts for many reasons, for one: it is the home of the fabulous Dutty Artz member MPeach! But also its location on Latin America’s coast: sharing a Caribbean connection across the sea, especially to Trinidad has led to its own take on soundsystem culture, and in recent years a booming electronic music scene. In the food and music we can taste the indigenous, colonial, African, and immigrant flavors and honor the way people not only survive tremendous upheaval and displacement, but make survival beautiful, expressive, and delicious.
Our Brunch Gozón chefs Luis Guayaba y Los Mangan will be serving a variety of Venezuelan food specialties: cachapas, empanadas, cachito de jamón, ceviches, desayuno criollo, and more! Luis Herrera is a Venezuelan chef based in NYC, currently working as Sous Chef at Cosme, Michelin Star chef Enrique Olvera’s first restaurant in New York, and he’ll be teaming up with Chef Jose Ignacio Useche.
Dutty Artz will frame this taste experience with music highlighting the sounds of Venezuela, Latin America, and the Caribbean: DJs RiobambaUproot AndyRipleyTalachaUshka and Selecta K7will charm your ears and get your bodies shaking. There will be plenty of space to eat, drink and dance in the last weeks of summer!
Entrance is free, and food tickets will be available for purchase. See below for an idea of the deliciousness on offer!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dortmund Global Player with Kosta Kostov and Dj Ali

Such a great beginning to the tour.

Domicil club, in Dortmund, is a pretty famous jazz club, but they have had the GlobalPlayer party hosted by the amazing Kosta Kostov and DJ Ali for seven years. Beautiful spot, friendly staff, nice dancefloor, great sound... and the crowd was lovely - people jumped on the dancefloor right away and didn't leave until we turned on the lights!

Such a privilege to play with these guys - the deepest musical selections for hours and hours. Incredible sounds and the audience was pretty much up for everything.

Here's a few shots - It was pretty dark, but you get an idea!

And some happy dancing onstage too!

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Azucar 4 year anniversary & kickoff to Ripley on the Road..

Super-honored to be on deck(s) for this incredible lineup celebrating Brooklyn's best queer latin/tropical/caribbean bass party: AZUCAR - this time presenting HARD CANDY.

The night starts at Brooklyn Museum First Saturdays where Azucar founder DJ Izla plays with amazing radical punk band Malportado Kids!

Then we move to a Williamsburg location where I will be playing alongside SO MUCH GREATNESS.

and that's my last NY show for a month. Stay tuned for details on my European tour!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

We'll warm up april somehow!

Friday, April 10

K2 Friday Nights at

The Rubin Museum of Art

6 pm - FREE

During K2 Friday Nights, Café Serai at The Rubin Museum of Art becomes the K2 Lounge, serving tasty small plates and delicious drinks to an arts minded crowd. DJ Ripley spins predominantly Central and South Asian pop music every K2 Friday Night from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Museum admission is free.

Saturday, April 18
The Athena Collective East Coast Kick-Off Showcase at


Noon to 9:00 pm - FREE

On Saturday, April 18th, The Athena Collective will be laying on the heat with a showcase of their east coast talent. This collective was formed to connect, inspire, and empower women in the music industry. Come out for a great brunch and stay for the music and the company.

Also featuring Jay Hill, Darelectric, Dollparts, REsy, Illexxandra, Tanja, K|REX, Shisaa, V, Teknacolor Ninja, The Beat Kitty, MAMBISA, Elecctro-Cute, Hydrah and Ms. DJ Lotus.

12-6p, enjoy Unlimited $1 mimosas with your brunch entree. 6p-close, enjoy a FREE beer with your delicious burger.

Wednesday, April 29
Dutty Artz Night at
The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn
8pm Doors - $8 adv / $10 at door

Friday, May 1
Hop Garage at Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire


The Hopkins Center, designed by Wallace Harrison, the architect of Lincoln Center and the United Nations Building in New York City, has served as the cultural hub of the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH, since it first opened in November 1962. In 1988 the "Hop" was named by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the nation's exemplary performing arts centers.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Ripley's March: Purim, Feminism, Hip-hop and technology in Utah!

Thursday, March 7

Purim Shpil Celebration at
East Midwood Jewish Center

This is the premiere event of the annual radical Purimshpil project, presented by The Workmen's Circle and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice! Since 2002, JFREJ has organized Purim spectacles to offer a powerful example of using cultural abundance for political organizing. This Jewish holiday is a perfect time for, as JFREJ puts it, "... noisemaking, rule-breaking, binary-blurring and an end to business as usual." This night features a folk pageant up-to-the-moment remixing the Book of Esther via live music, giant puppets, intricate hand-made masquerade, an inter-generational cross-cultural cast, audience participation, hamentashen and more! The evening will begin with a performance of the Purimshpil play, followed by music from the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, followed by DJ Ripley at midnight.

Friday, March 13

Feminist Press' 2nd Annual

Feminist Ball

Le Poisson Rouge
7pm - $40 / $250 VIP

The second annual Feminist Ball is an annual fundraiser benefiting the Feminist Press and celebrating New York City's feminist community. This year's event will feature former Indigo Girl Amy Ray, the cast of "SLUT: The Play," teenage punk band Harsh Crowd (from Willie Mae Rock Camp), DJ Ripley and more! Founded in 1970, Feminist Press is an independent, nonprofit literary publisher promoting freedom of expression and social justice, reprinting classic feminist literature and contemporary alike.

Saturday, March 28
Museum + Music at
Nora Eccles Harrison
Museum of Art | Logan, Utah
8pm - 9pm

For the second installment in the Museum + Music series for Spring 2015, the museum will host DJ Ripley, who will perform live inside the museum on March 28. This performance will be held in conjunction with the Department of Music's Hip Hop and Technology Symposium, featuring a speaking engagement with DJ Ripley's alter ego, Larisa Mann.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Ripley's January - Brazil and beyond!

Welcome to 2015!  Let's hit the ground running!

Thursday Nights Through January
Ace Hotel Lobby Residency
Ace Hotel, Manhattan
8pm - FREE

Select Thursdays in January (January 8th, 22nd and 29th), DJ Ripley sets up a free weekly residency at The Ace Hotel's lobby, just off 28th and Broadway. From 8pm-2am, Ripley will bring the eclectic Dutty Artz vibe to the plush, comfortable Ace Hotel lobby. The January 8th show will also feature a full band and a private happening from Laina Dawes (author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal).

Friday, January 23

K2 Friday Nights at
The Rubin Museum of Art
6pm - FREE

During K2 Friday Nights, Café Serai at The Rubin Museum of Art becomes the K2 Lounge, serving tasty small plates and delicious drinks to an arts minded crowd. DJ Ripley spins predominantly Central and South Asian pop music every K2 Friday Night from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.  Museum admission is free.


January 9 to 21

DJ Ripley's alter ego, Professor Larisa Mann heads to Rio on behalf of NYU's Emerging Markets in the Global Music Industry program to teach classes on the roots of soundsystem culture and the hyperglobal phenomenon of electronic dance music.

DJ Ripley has her own plans, including a special appearance on January 17 in Santos, São Paulo at the Festival Verāo do Mundo (World Summer Festival) and more South America dates TBA.

Venha me ver meus amigos!