Born from the industrial powers of Dayton, Ohio, Ruckus Roboticus has risen to unleash his fury of funk, hip-hop and mischief. Part turntable, half drum machine, all sex machine; the robotic wonder has continually electrified listeners with his colorful and imaginative world of sound.
When he’s not busy remixing Bloc Party, or winning awards from Rockstar Games (Best DJ Mix 2003), Solid Steel (Best Mix 2003), and Scion (Free-Up-Your-Mix Finalist 2005), this bot can be found tearing the roof of your local dancehall, art gallery, fashion show, and house party with a fierce live-set. His sharp skills and diverse selection have landed him countless shows across country. Perhaps you’ve caught him on stage with RJD2, The Juan Maclean, Prince Paul, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Cosmo Baker, DJ Ayers, DJ Premier, or Mr. Lif. Or maybe you have unknowingly bobbed your head to his beats featured on Nickelodeon, MTV, the Disney Channel, Numark and LOGO TV. It’s no wonder some people call him “the second hardest working man in show business.”
Now Ruckus aims his rockets at the CD drives and iPods of the world , with his long-awaited debut album, Playing with Scratches
(Grease, 2007). Created entirely from found sounds, the album tells the semi-autobiographical story of a boy coming into his own. Overwhelmed by the pressures from the grown-up establishment, the boy escapes reality in his mutated children’s records, inevitably having to decide whether to conform to the adult world or continue to rebel against the establishment.
Following in the long tradition of experimental and engaging music, “Playing with Scratches” is genre-less, blending story and sound with unprecedented liveliness. Critics cheer, dancers sweat, and legends applaud. The little-bot has grown up, and is stomping through the streets. It’s only a matter of time until the city dwellers realize — this is the dawning of the Age of Roboticus.