Biography


Grandson of an African American Baptist preacher born in Jim Crow Mississippi, Dj Raedawn(aka Crunc Tesla) got the Callin to grace stages at the age of 4 playing the violin {though he prefered Nintendo} . He later moved on to the trombone around age 10 unknowingly following in the footsteps of his great-uncle Mel Wanzo (R.I.P) of the Count Basie Orchestra. He later left his highschool jazz ensemble to fully pursue his lust for djing and electronic composition. Besides being a seasoned DMC vet and mixtape maestro to many, he developed the Turntablist Transcription Methodology with his chums Ethan Imboden and Battlesounds’ creator John Carluccio. This unique notation system for electronic/dj music has been developed into software, used in music courses around the world and has been featured by the likes of Time, CNN, Blackbook, XLR8R…yatayatayata. At Skratchcon 2000, Q-bert knighted him with the Dj Q-bert SkratchMaster Award from the Global Skratch foundation. Far from a scratch nerd, Raedawns assaulted stages and dancefloors from the legendary Apollo Theatre to the most dank techno til 10 in the morn coke den party in Berlin. Crunc Tesla has collaborated with artists such as Mos Def, Fat Lip, Antipop Consortium and Angelbert Metoyer. Raedawn, also known as Jordie Laforge, has a number of alias groups as well as being the founder of the dynamic multimedia label called Luv Technologies. Having opened for a wide spectrum of artists, from Stereolab to Dizzee Rascal to the mythical Red Alert (I wont even mention Dead Prez, a Bright Eyes US trek and playing head to head with Aphex twin at a fest in Den Haag), Raedawn’s performances have defied genre and moved generations of audiences. The lovable lionheart ATLien has been hiding out in a post modern post production chamber somewhere in East Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Edited by eriqk on 18 Jul 2008, 09:57

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