Dj Rasta Root travelled the world for the first 23 years of his life. He was exposed to various languages and cultures. Having lived in countries such as Canada, Guatemala, Brazil, England, Holland, Abu Dhabi, Spain and Japan; he experienced musical instruments such as the japanese taiko drum and the brazilian war drum. The instrument that peaked his interest the most was the Technics 1200 turntable. Even though he is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and conversational in Japanese, the language he loves the most is music. And it is with the 1200 that he has the ability to seamlessly mix and deliver an aural soundscape that truly touches peoples’ souls.
Rasta Root often says that his method of mixing is simple arithmetic with a touch of soul. Being able to count bars and execute the most impossible mixes with laser-like precision, is what sets him apart form the other turntable linguists. His dj technique is a style-less style or a hybrid of turntablism merged with club mixing.
His formidable global experience growing up has helped him in his dj travels thus far. Whether it’s rockin’ for 10,000 screaming Bogota hip hop fans at Rap Al Parque or playin’ a cavi New Years party in Makati, Philippines, you are sure to experience something special and like no other.
Rasta Root counts being selected for the 2004 Redbull Academy in Rome as the turning point in his career. He was one of sixty handpicked djs and producers, from a pool of 2500 applicants worldwide, to travel to Europe for a two week music seminar/workshop. There, he met legends in the music business as well as future legends.
Rasta Root has been able parlay his International Business degree into a burgeoning artist management firm. Clients such as A Tribe Called Quest, Phife, and Dwele are on his roster. His newest client, Aleesha Barber, is a very promising olympian, who competed for Trinidad & Tobago in the Beijing 2008 Olympiad.
He is the founder of Smokin’ Needles Records, which he co-owns with Phife from A Tribe Called Quest. They are gearing up to release Phife’s second solo album under the Smokin’ Needles label. He has also tried his inventor/entrepreneur side by inventing and founding Smokin Shells, his high end chrome finish turntable head shell.
Rasta Root dove deep into music production in the 90s and started As Soul Studios once he was moved and settled in Atlanta. He currently scores music for ABC tv, ESPN, Midway Games and 2k Sports as well as handling production duties for Phife and a battalion of talented singers and mcs.
Career Highlights at a Glance:
23 year dj career
18 year production career
- Co-Manager of A Tribe Called Quest
Manager of Phife of A Tribe Called Quest
2012 Who’s Who in Black Atlanta Honoree
Road manager for Dwele
Dj for Phife
Dj for Dwele
Dj for Anthony David
Founder and CEO of Smokin Shells
Founder of Smokin’ Needles Records
Co-founder of Riddim Kidz Productions
Owner of As Soul Studios
Music Producer for ABC, ESPN, 2K Sports, and Midway Games
Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese
Participated in the 2004 Redbull Music Academy in Roma, Italy
Dj Produce Specialist for Berlin base software developer, Native Instruments
91.1, 88.5, 89.3
Classic Example on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio