Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fall in the forest

some kind of madness in the forest this month, and then we're flowing through the Ready Room!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016


While I'm in NEW ORLEANS for the Law & Society Association's Annual Meeting (where I will present on community-based challenges to dominant white supremacist definitions of privacy), I also am thrilled to be playing two amazing shows.
See below for deets! Click on the images for links to the events!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mexico City Recap!

A massive cheer to Ali Gua Gua for hosting me and linking me to some wonderful people in Mexico City. I can't even begin to describe all the great things about this place, but certainly the gigs, especially at Pulqería Insurgentes (Courtesy of Ali and the fabulous Terrorista Del Sabor), and at Foro Normandie (big thanks to the Frikstailers and everyone involved, and Pa Kongal for the amazing set), were a high point for me.

What's that sound? 
photo credit Hanna Quevedo) from a review here (my translation):
"Dj Ripley gave a great disquisition of hidden gems you've probably never heard! Fascinating how someone can use so many styles and so many artists to create a work of sound art one can both hear and feel."

I also got to meet some of the people involved with LUCHADORAS which is an online TV series focusing on women all over Mexico (and beyond) who are fighting to improve the situation of women. We had a nice talk and a bit of an interview (hope to find a link for that soon), and I am looking forward to building more with them and supporting them in the work they do!

I will be back soon! Can't wait to throw down some heavy bass with Sonido Berzerk, maybe get experimental alongside Tarana on their next tour, and tear up more clubs and other spaces within and beyond Mexico City!

Friday, May 20, 2016

An Interview and the last gig of the tour!

I was privileged to be interviewed for GatoPardo magazine, a respected art magazine in Mexico.
I spoke a lot about the politics of nightlife, and how my academic and musical work inform each other.

I also was able to boost Deli Nights, my last gig in Mexico this time, which is also the first of a new series. check the lineup, RSVP online, and tell all your friends in Mexico City to come out on Saturday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


So excited for Mexico City! This is just a taste, already planning a proper Mexico tour in the future.

Sadly, the Thursday (5/19) gig is cancelled (anyone want to book DJ Ripley for Thursday or Friday in or near Mexico City please get in touch) :(

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Los Angeles to Vancouver to Detroit

I hit Los Angeles in late March with two things on deck: 1) play with the awesome Bianca Oblivion and 2) participate in a panel on Dj culture and research at Cal State Northridge. Mission accomplished, with pleasure, and extra fun in there!

Bianca Oblivion is a mover in a lot of musical innovation going on in Los Angeles right now, which to me is having a kind of resurgence in dance music, including dance music that involves a lot of women at the controls. And Bianca is involved in a lot of it - the Culosangeles parties, the Broad Bassed LA and the Club Aerobics crew (a label/radio show and general ferment of creativity also including Ducky and Suspect Bitch - check out this great interview with them) are really inspiring! So we played together at The Lash with some other bass luminaries and it was a blast :)

While in LA I also got to meet up with and guest on the Culture Remixed radio show and see the location in person - Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights is a great little locus of activity and art and right-on politics and cute political clothes too :) I was especially excited to be able to bring in the awesome DJ Izla, a super talented artist and organizer, mostly on hiatus and rebuilding at the moment, but luckily for us all game for a little radio teaser! There was already a guest scheduled, the incredible and mind-bending Gothic Cholo, who as soon as I saw I thought "this cat must know my old breakcore compadre Baseck" --and of course he did. Bizzart (his other name) also spoke beautifully about the healing aspects of the music he does. Here's a taste:

My section of the set is here, and you can hear the whole show (starting with Julian our host, and then Gothic Cholo, and then me, then Izla) at the Culture Remixed Archives here:

On Monday I linked up with a crew of dj/producer/scholars at Cal State Northridge for Groove Is In The Heart: a symposium on research and djing.

In Vancouver, I was there for other reasons, but I managed to squeeze a radio set and catch up with my an old friend, Dj Kuma! He and Motomasa

motomasa on the left, kuma on the right
have been doing Art of Beatz radio for nigh on 12 years at this point, and we figured out it had been 9 years since I had played on it. They have had quite an impressive roster of folks, and it was a pleasure to support coop/community radio, a cause near and dear to my heart.

The archived set is here, in its bass-heavy glory:

Next I headed to Detroit to link with the awesome Mother Cyborg and also the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, who are doing super important work. I came in town just in time to play Temple of Cyborg alongside producer/singer/dj Mother Cyborg and the Detroit Godmother of house Stacey Hottwaxx Hale. Literally just in time, snow (!!) having delayed my flight I basically came in and headed straight to the club on 3 hours of sleep (although I did have a chance to eat some tasty food courtesy of my awesome host). Now this party is the jam, and having the three of us rocking out behind the decks, sometimes simultaneously, was definitely a treat. We had a beautiful crowd at Temple Bar and it all basically flowed in beauty and bounce.

The next day, I was able to participate in the first session of Mother Cyborg's Dj class, which was super super fun, and ended with me being tasked to demonstrate good blending and changing tempos from 80 - 150, which I had 15 minutes to do! I think I did ok :)

One of the other highlights of the Detroit trip (there were many tbh) was getting to meet up with the driving force behind the Detroit Sound Conservancy, a nonprofit run by a returned Detroit native who is trying to archive as much as possible Detroit's musical history.
here's me with a fragment of the archives, repping them on my t-shirt
 It's very much a labor of love and if you want to show the project some love, it will definitely be used to further the cause of supporting and promoting Detroit's incredible musical legacy.
After a week in Detroit seeings sights and meeting lovely people, it was time to return to NY, just in time to get rolling for this month's HEAVY.. which is a doozy! more on that in a few.

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Dj Ripley and Anna Morgan are back again with version 4 of HEAVY, their genre-crossing bass music party!

HEAVY brings together bass sounds across the global spectrum: grime, kuduro, jungle, dancehall, drumnbass, juke, tribal guarachero, zouk bass, UK dubstep, gqom, jersey club, dembow, dub, baile funk, footwork, vogue beats, UK garage, Miami bass and anything else that drops it thunderously low.

This month's special guests bring the mystery and excitement alongside the booming bass:
Nicholas Concklin of Loveless records and Mushpost debuts his new moniker "SOSEO," Expect UK Hardcore Continuum reinterpreted, with extra triplets: bass grooves with unexpected touches of delicacy and humor. We also have the notorious BeatKitty of PLF sharing her blend of Grime & Trap. Africainoir's founder Selecta K7 will be throwing down an eclectic mix of African Diaspora sounds of the Heaviest kinds. We are happy to announce the return of Earthtone MC Gi Major, this time performing her original material, as well as graciously Hosting the evening.

Date: Tuesday March 22
Time: 9pm-2am
Trans Pecos: 915 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood ,Queens
Cost: $7 or Free before 11pm *if* you give the password at the door (email for the password)
FB Event Page

Friday, March 04, 2016

Dj Ripley's alter ego speaking on pirate radio

In my capacity as a researcher, public speaker, and professor, I'm speaking about my work in London on pirate radio and illegal spaces, developing ideas out of my work on Jamaican popular music but intersecting with good old fashioned social history of urban spaces. It would be great to have it be more of a conversation than a lecture, so I'm glad it's open to the public! Ideally there would be djs, community members, technologists, policy people and urban planners in the room for a conversation like this.

I'll be speaking about my research and experience with UK pirate radio, the still-beating (if mutating) heart of English dance music and subculture. (Pirate radio is radio that broadcasts illegally - without a license. I'm focusing on the broadcasters who picked up steam in the 1980s and 90s in the UK, although the roots are older, I'm interested in the cultural force that came out of a particular era.)

Last summer I was able to interview some greats in the pirate radio scene, notably Uncle Dugs who kindly met with me after one of his blistering jungle sets on the now non-pirate and online Rinse FM -during which he coincidentally played the first jungle record I ever bought! I am combining these stories with some of the concerns of the UK housing rights movement fighting for a home as a right not a privilege. (On that note, please sign this petition to prevent a new high-rise from demolishing the Dissenters' Cemetery, resting place of my dear William Blake among others).  It's an interesting combination - demands for state investment in housing but also autonomous and perhaps necessarily illegal practices going on inside.

There are heaps of documentaries, news bits & articles about pirate radio (although strangely little scholarly work), and even a pretty hilarious BBC mockumentary. But one of the best and most inspiring pieces for me was this one published in the mighty DATACIDE magazine, put out by the Praxis label I know from my days crossing through  the breakcore worlds. Alexis' Wolton's "Tortugan Tower Blocks: Pirate signals from the margins"
I was already interested in the way the architecture and urban design helped to focus and shape pirate radio content through shaping who had access to the spaces, and that piece kickstarted my interest in revisiting how that came about and talking to people about how it actually worked in practice. Some good old fashioned social history was the next logical step, combined with some insights I had from my previous research on illegal cultural spaces and Jamaican dancehall.
So come through March 10 and help me make it a conversation!
Also shout out the Back to Life parties in NY for providing the soundtrack and physical inspiration to get this going again, and for projecting images of public housing and bringing all this bubbling up to a garage soundtrack on the dancefloor (and Dj Khalil for absolutely murdering it last time!)

Friday, February 19, 2016

SATURDAY - Tygapaw's Bday Carry! SUNDAY - Ripley on Chaos Clan Radio!

This will be quite a weekend, building up to HEAVY on Tuesday!

Saturday, I'm very excited about being on this INCREDIBLE LINEUP.

MY PUSSY IS A TIGER is the name for the party to celebrate Tygapaw's birthday, Tygapaw being a dj and producer, and founder of Shottas, the queer Caribbean party series currently heating up the Brooklyn/Queens border:


These are all artists to watch, visionaries that are literally keeping my hope in NY (and the power of music & dancing) alive. Plus it's gonna be soooo cute, like this video (featuring an audio clip of a Tygapaw refix)

Entrance is $10, party starts at midnight and goes until 5am
Take a disco-nap and come out to the dancefloor!

Sunday, I'm stepping up with one of my favorite producers in NY, the awesome Doctor Jeep, we are going to co-host the new Chaos Clan radio show, courtesy Chaos Clan head honcho Star Eyes!
Tune in to the hottest new internet radio station: TheLotRadio on Sunday, Feb 21 from 6-8pm. Actually, just tune in all night as beautiful Dutty Artz fam Riobamba is on later, that same night as is False Witness.

Monday, February 15, 2016


Dj Ripley and Anna Morgan have teamed up to bring you the next edition of HEAVY

Linking heavy bass sounds across the global spectrum: grime, kuduro, jungle, dancehall, drumnbass, juke, tribal guarachero, zouk bass, UK dubstep, gqom, jersey club, dembow, dub, baile funk, footwork, vogue beats, UK garage, Miami bass and anything else that drops it thunderously low!
This month's special guests are a wild ride: the crypto crunk charlatan Joro Boro (Junxion) is ready to pull out all kinds of madness for us!

We are also thrilled to bring you NY newcomer Sol Nova (NYC), who never let genre get in the way of tune she can use to burn up the speakers, The Dance Pit (Club Etiquette) whose Club Etiquette curation keeps us warm throughout the worst of the winter, and since last month the snow took out our guest Synstance (cheers to the amazing 3rdi and Gi Major who stepped in at the last minute and brought down the house - pix at the link!), we had to make sure this time Synstance will bring all that bass weight she's been saving up!

Lastly, MC Gi Major of the Earthtone crew will be hosting the night!

Date: Tuesday Feb 23
Time: 9pm-2am
Location: Trans Pecos 915 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood ,Queens
Cost: $7 or Free before 11pm *if* you give the password at the door (email for the password)
FB Event Page:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ripley in NC and DC!

Two gigs coming up this weekend in two cities and two states!

Chapel Hill, NC on Friday Feb 12
$8 members / $10 includes membership
18+, ID required*
Doors at 9:30pm

And the next night (Saturday Feb 13) Washington DC!

The Meso Creso parties are legendary, lineup is lovely, and
+ live photo booth!
+ art installations!
+ lovely visuals!
+ delicious treats!

Drink specials: $4 Yuengling, $5 Fireball, and $5 Absolut flavors
All this and more for a $5 cover!
Doors at 10pm

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

HEAVY 02 - Jan 26 tuesday night bass madness returns

Djs Ripley and Anna Morgan present episode two of their boundary-smashing monthly bass music party HEAVY! On the last Tuesday of February, we invite an eclectic roster of guests to help us push genre limits through grime, kuduro, jungle, dancehall, drumnbass, juke, dubstep, tribal guarachero, zouk bass, jersey club, dembow, dub, baile funk, vogue beats, UK garage, Miami bass and anything else that drops it thunderously low.

After the dancefloor madness of round 1 (check pics up here we take it down to the basement again with a great lineup of genre-smashing heavy sounds..

DJ Kala (Loveless records), 
Skuga (Earth Tone)
Synstance (Confidential.)

Limber up and put on your dancing shoes cause we goin' in...

$7 admission gets you in or hit us up us at for the password and get in FREE before 11pm

RSVP here to let us know you're excited, but the email gets you the actual password