Cut Chemist has a taste for music and rhythms from around the world, and the DJ/producer freely incorporates those sounds into his hip-hop mixes.
The producer “cut” his musical teeth performing with his former bands Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli. Cut Chemist went on to open tours for Shakira, but now he’s working his own turntable magic.
Who: Cut Chemist, with J Flash
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood
Cut Chemist’s real name is Lucas MacFadden, and Friday the DJ/producer brings his show to the Gothic Theatre in Englewood.
“I started off in Hollywood and originally got into breakdancing,” MacFadden said. “I embraced all elements of the DJ culture. I was always into buying records and I always liked music.
“I was a founding member of both Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli — both groups happened at the same time. I had many opportunities to go solo, but it wasn’t until 2000 that I decided to take myself up on it.”
MacFadden got a solo deal with Warner Bros. and started incorporating the music of different cultures.
“Being in Ozomatli steered me in the direction of using world music,” MacFadden said. “We embraced Colombian, West African and Cuban music. There were so many influence that I learned to appreciate.
“I took those tastes with me and started buying more records that were made below the equator. I have a taste for Ethiopian music now, and I have some Brazilian and African influences.”
MacFadden calls his musical blend “world hip-hop,” and he’s created a solid career fusing the sounds.
“For me hip-hop is genreless,” MacFadden said. “If you can reinterpret the music and manipulate it — it becomes hip-hop. I can take music from Ethiopia, manipulate it, loop it and flip it backwards.
“There are no rules in hip-hop.
MacFadden will be testing material from his latest project at the Gothic. The new mixtape’s called Sounds of the Police, and it shows off the producer’s looping and turntable skills.
“We’re bringing audio-visuals and four turntables to Denver,” MacFadden said. “We’re bringing a VJ out while we’re on stage. We throw in clips, commercials and movies. He mixes them live — while I’m mixing live!
“We’re going to have two vinyl turntables, a CD turntable, and a DVD turntable that lets me cut up and manipulate visual footage. We’re bringing the works. This is music you can dance and groove to.”
If that wasn’t enough, MacFadden’s already working on his next album.
“It’s crazy. I’m definitely doing new stuff I’ve never done before,” MacFadden said. “I’m branching out, and playing instruments and doing more up-front vocals. I’ve got different styles of music of all kinds.
“This record will definitely reflect what I like — rock, hip-hop, electronic and world music.”
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