Born and Raised the diverse, international city, Washington DC, Rex Riddem is a direct product of the confluence of Chocolate City melding with the epicenter of modern day Babylon. Rex, a DJ, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist draws from the influences of his unique upbringing and world travels to create soundscapes of the African Diaspora with contemporary twists.
As a DJ, Rex Riddem has played throughout the continental US as well as Hawaii, St. John, Lisbon, and a 5 city tour of Brasil. Rex has played with DJ heroes Afrika Bambaattaa (whom he played percussion for on a the album “Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light”) Diplo, Bassnectar, Numark, Beats Antique, Ursula 1000, and Rich Medina. Two of Rex’s Recent highlights as a DJ have been playing support for Bassnectar, at the 9:30 Club, two consecutive years, and an eight month residency, with the Fort knox Five at Eye Candy Lounge, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.
Rex’s first release “Salvador Diaspora” was featured on several international compilations, including the world renown “Brazilectro” series. It has also been featured on the “Top Chef Masters UK” television series. On percussion Rex backed Thunderball (ESL Records) with whom he toured Russia and played as support on the Pretty Lights tour 2010.
As a producer and songwriter, Rex takes on the role of captain at the helm of his band Nappy Riddem. was born as a collaboration between DJ / Producer Rex Riddem and soulful vocalist Mustafa Akbar (Thunderball/fort Knox Five) and Thievery Corporation bassist Ashish Vyas in 2009. Nappy Riddem intertwines reggae, funk and soul into a message of resistance, love and positivity. They close out 2013 with the release of a new EP "Rock Steady" (Fort Knox Recordings) and a 6 piece live band with their newest member and band leader Jon Modell (3LG). This new incarnation is rocking the scene as they embark in a new promotional campaign, of Live Band and DJ tours . For more info follow Rex through Nappy Riddem online.
Twitter & Instagram: @nappyriddem
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