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Interview: Ratchett Traxxx

RT

Editor’s Note: In the small sphere of underground dance music, we realize this interview will probably be controversial. Our buyer picked up Rachett Traxx’s record without even knowing his involvement in online message boards + social media. Please keep in mind, that this interview by no means represents the Lab’s view and we will continue to support the labels Rachett mentions. As frequenters of sites that Rachett trolls, our curiosity just got the better of us.

Gotta ask, who are you?

IN 1 WORD: A ENIGGMA. BUT REALLY IM A MUSIC FAN…A CLUB MUSIC FAN FORREAL. I COME FROM A FAMILY OF DJS N PRODUCERS N SO I HAVE MORE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT DJ RECORDS THAN ANYONE IN THA GAME RIGHT NAH. CAN’T NOBODY FUCC WIT ME N I AM GONE STUNT THAT KNOWLEDGE….BET.

For those unfamiliar, please let us know what you think of the current state of underground dance music, but give us your direct thoughts.

UNDERGROUND DANCE MUSIC? I GIVE NO FUCCS BOUT THAT SHIT. I STRICTLY OPERATE IN CLUB MUSIC. CLUB SHIT MAKE THA WORLD GO ROUND, MY G. N I KNOW THA “UNDERGROUND DANCE MUSIC” BULLSHIT YOU REFFERRIN TO…THAT SHIT AINT NO DANCE MUSIC CAUSE U CANT DANCE 2 THA MOTHERFUCKER. ISS TRASH BASICALLY.

Your hatred towards the indie dance labels you’ve spoken against seems to focus on some of the ‘biggest’ in the scene right now. Why?

LESS NAME N SHAME, B. WHO WE TALKIN BOUT…L.I.E.S. (UNPLAYABLE TRASH)…L.A. CLUB RESOURCE (FAKE WANNABE GHETTO SHIT MADE BY A MULTI MILLIONAIRE’S KID…AKA DELROY BRENDAN PERLMAN)….WHITE MATERIAL (HOT GARBAGE MADE BY A FEW RICH ART SCHOOL NIGGAS THAT AINT NEVER HEARD NO JEFF MILLS OR ROB HOOD RECORDS N THINK THEY REINVENTING THE WHEEL…FOH)….MOST MY HATRED DIRECTED TO SHIT THAT TRY TO TRICK THA FANS…I AINT THAT DUDE. MY SHIT HONEST N DIRECT…N TRUTHFUL…LIKE ALL BRILLIANT ART.

Gotta ask, Is this a racial issue?

NAH. U SOUND LIKE ONE OF EM EUROPIAN DIAMOND MININ, SLAVE TRADIN ASSHOLES THAT BRING RACE IN THA EQUATION WHEN THEY UNCOMFORTABLE WIT A NIGGA’S ART. THIS SHIT RIGHT HERE ABOUT BREAKIN DOWN RACIAL BARRIERS NOT BUILDIN EM. N REALLY…SHIT MORE SIMPLE DEN THAT…SHIT ABOUT HONEST VS. DISHONEST…SHIT ABOUT ARE U TRYIN TO MAKE THA BEST POSSIBLE PRODUCT OR U TRYIN TO TRICK YA FANS WIT SOME ARTIFICIAL HYPEBEAST MENTALITY SHIT. IM BOUT HONESTY 100 PERCENT. AINT NO L.I.E.S. HERE BRUH

You seem to spend a lot of time absorbing and analyzing this stuff. Why not just avoid this stuff, what’s your motivation?

MY MOTIVATION SIMPLE: SUCCESS IN THA MUSIC BUSINESS GAME…N USING THAT SHIT TO GIVE THA YUNG GENERATION A SPRING BOARD. SHOWIN YUNG HOW 2 MAKE IT IN CLUB MUSIC FROM GROUND ZERO TO THA TOP. I BEEN AROUND BUT AS RATCHETT TRAXXX I STARTED FROM THA BASEMENT…AND WE GOIN TO THA PENTHOUSE, SIMPLE. SHIT IS GOIN 2 LIBERATE THE YUNG GENERATION FROM THE BULLSHIT THEY BEEN FED…PROVIDE A TRAIL FOR EM TO FOLLOW N SHIT.

You seem to dislike anything analog when it comes to production, does any of that actually matter to you when it comes to your production?

SHIT JUST DONT MATTER MY DUDE. NUN OF IT…WHEN U A PRO LIKE ME…U PUT ME IN FRONT OF A FRUITY LOOPS I MAKE BANGERS…U PUT ME IN FRONT OF A 808 N A 303…I MAKE HITS….U PUT ME IN FRONT OF A MOTIF WORKSTATION…I MAKE SLAPPERS…U PUT ME IN FRONT OF 2 TURNTABLES…I KILL A PARTY N BITCHES WANNA BLOW ME CAUSE THEY AINT STOP DANCIN FOR 3 HOURS….U PUT ME IN FRONT OF ABLETON N I MAKE MIXES DUDES WANNA ANALYZE CAUSE THEY JUSS DONT UNDERSTAND…U FEEL ME? THESE SHITS ALL JUST VEHICLES…SUM OF EM IS MASERATTI QUATROPORTES…SUM OF EM IS TOYOTA TRUCKS…BUT THEY STILL GONE GET U TO A YA GIRLS CRIB WHEN U NEED TO GET THERE TO LAY SOME PIPE…U UNDERSTAND?

The internet has basically ‘made’ most of the labels you dislike. Your use of social media and the internet is mostly a reaction to those labels. It’s safe to say the internet can make your music just as successful. Does that matter to you? What makes your music more authentic than theirs?

LIVE BY THA SWORD N DIE BY THA SWORD, B. SAMURAI SHIT. INTERNET JUST ANOTHER VEHICLE…AN EFFECTIVE WEAPON THAT IM GOOD ENUFF 2 USE 2 MY ADVANTAGE N SPREAD MY GENIUS ART. WHAT MAKE ME MORE AUTHENTIC? A LIFETIME OF CLUB MUSIC…TRADITION…KNOWLEDGE…N INTELLECT…MIXED WIT THA MOST GUTTER MENTALITY N CUTTHROAT TACTICS U EVER SEEN APPLIED 2 THIS SHIT. I AINT GONE LIE 2 U N TELL U IM GANGSTER LIKE THAT BITCH DELROY…I BEEN DOIN MUSIC MY WHOLE LIFE. BUT ILL KILL A MFUCKER IF THEY FUCC WIT MY MONEY OR MY ART…THASS THE MENTALITY WE APPROACHIN THIS SHIT WIT IN 2014.

Your latest RAXXX001 sounds like modern take on older Ghetto House. What are your influences?

CLUB MUSIC. PLAIN N SIMPLE. ALL TYPES: RAP, ELECTRO, TECHNO, HOUSE, MIAMI BASS, BMORE CLUB, GOGO, GHETTO, DRILL, DANCEHALL, JUNGLE SHIT, BOUNCE, FOOTWORK… IF A GOOD CLUB RECORD GOT MADE IN ANY GENRE…I HAVE THAT MOTHERFUCKER N ILL PLAY IT.

Ratchett Traxxx 001 Vinyl 12"
Ratchett Traxxx 001 Vinyl 12″

Skeed

Not On U

Mollypop

Lobsters N Shrump

Where are you from and does that have an influence on the music you make? I’m hoping you’re from Texas since you seemed to like DJ Screw.

SEE NOW U TALKIN LIKE ONE OF EM BROOKLYN HIPSTERS… (ED NOTE: Texas Boy right here) I FUCCS WIT DJ SCREW N WHAT HE DID FOR RAP…BUT ISS BEYOND DJ SCREW N HOUSTON…I REPRESENT THAT FLAG I PUT ON MY RECORDS…ALL OF IT. FAR AS WHERE I HIT THA CLUB IN MY FREE TIME…I GET AROUND…MUSIC GAVE ME THA CHANCE TO SEE ALL THA SPOTS.

Ratchett Traxxx 001 Vinyl 12"

Ok, now for the positive. What are your 5 favorite 12″s?

5 IS A WACC ASS NUMBER…SO IMMA GIVE U A FEW MORE:

JUAN ATKINS – TECHNICOLOR
GET FUNKY CREW – TITTY CITY
JUICY J – BANDS A MAKE HER DANCE REMIX
LL COOL J – JINGLING BABY REMIX
UGK – CHOPPIN BLADES
JOHNNY DANGEROUS – BEAT THAT BITCH WITH A BAT
CHIEF KEEF – I DONT LIKE
EGYPTIAN LOVER – EGYPT EGYPT
SILKK THE SHOCKER – IT AINT MY FAULT
CLIPSE – GRINDIN
UR – TIMELINE
ROB HOOD – THE PACE
ZEBRA KATZ – IMA READ
FACES – DRUMS
YG – MY NIGGA
50 CENT – IN DA CLUB
YUNG THUG – DANNY GLOVER

Who are your favorite DJs to see / hear live?

DJ MICHAEL WATTS
DJ ASSAULT
JEFF MILLS
EGYPTIAN LOVER
FUNKMASTER FLEX
DJ MUSTARD
DJ MEHDI – RIP –
DJ SCREW – RIP –
DAFT PUNK
DJ RUSH
MAGIC MIKE
THE SURGEON (DETROIT)
DJ KHALED
DJ SELF
DJ TECHNICS
BEEN TRILL
DJ CLENT
DJ RASHAD

Word on the street is you like Asian Girls….

I LOVE BIG TITTY, BIG ASS, THICK THIES, N LOOSE MORALS…BEYOND THAT I AINT TOO PICKY OF A NIGGA.

Let’s do some word association

Techno – MILLS
Rap – YOUTH
Gentrification – MORELLI
Caps Lock – FORCEFUL
Kanye – GENIUS

LAST WORDS: LESS KILL THE WACC BULLSHIT N WHILE WE AT IT SEND ALL THE BIG TITTIES TO THE DJ BOOTH FOR THEY ANNUAL RT BREAST EXAM. ONE.

Thanks to everyone involved in making this interview happen. Phillip, Ratchett Traxxx, L.I.E.S., White Material, and anyone else I forgot. You can keep up with all of RT’s ramblings, music, and ratchetness via his rad Tumblr and Twitter. -PK

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