Sounds Visual Radio
Sounds Visual Radio
Episode 135: DJ Rhettmatic

A major force behind the creation of Southern California’s first turntable band, the Beat Junkies, is a multi-faceted musician known to the world as DJ Rhettmatic. Born Nazareth Nirza, Rhettmatic unites music enthusiasts around the world by sharing his unparalleled skills and talent. His personal discography of musical achievements presents a host of successful accomplishments, and by applying his creativity and dedication, his stature only continues to grow.

Rhettmatic began his DJ career in 1983 with Double Platinum, a DJ group based out of Cerritos, CA. As one of the original members of the Beat Junkie crew, he played a major role in introducing the art of turntablism to global audiences. Rhettmatic’s unique style encompasses the many elements of a multifaceted Hip Hop DJ. As an accomplished scratch musician, as well as an explosive party/club DJ, Rhettmatic demonstrates his versatility by using the turntable as his musical instrument. His talent and musical expertise also extends into the realm of producing beats that helped him earn recognition and rewards well deserved. Citing a number of distinguished influences, Rhettmatic credits those individuals that greatly impacted the Hip Hop/DJ culture as honorable talent who helped shape his musical style. Inspiration derives from a spectrum of legends, including Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jeff, Joe Cooley, the now defunct Invisibl Skratch Piklz, and the X-ecutioners. Rhettmatic highly acknowledges fellow Beat Junkie member, DJ Curse, as his leading mentor.

Rhettmatic seized numerous triumphs both as a musical performer and as a creative genius. He claimed the titles of Disco Mixing Club (DMC) West Coast Champion (1996) and International Turntablist Federation (ITF) 2x Team World Champion (1997/1998). He has worked with almost everyone in the Hip Hop community, doing production, scratches, remixes, and performances with the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf, J Dilla, Talib Kweli, Madlib, Cypress Hill, DJ Premier, Aloe Blacc, Mayer Hawthorne and Adrian Younge. Rhettmatic also co-founded and is the DJ/Producer for the LA-based group the Visionaries in 1994. His current projects that he has put out in the past few years are the Crown Royale album with Michigan’s wordsmith – Buff1, a DJ/ Percussionist show/mixtape project with the one and only Eric Bobo of the mighty Cypress Hill, and a joint project with the legendary Ras Kass called “A.D.I.D.A.S.”. The Beat Junkie Crew also host their own record pool, clothing line and radio station. The Beat Junkies also opened their own DJ school in April 2017, located in Glendale, CA.

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