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DJ RAFF

DJ Raff first made his name in Chile where he helped to sow the seeds of what is now considered one of the most important Hip Hop scenes of Latin America before progressing to producing electronic music. His creative sampling, big beats and arrangements earned him a place among Latin America’s most highly regarded DJs and producers.

At 12 years old he started experimenting with a double tape deck and an old turntable to make loops and beats not knowing he was on his way to influencing the whole hip-hop and electronic music scene in Chile. Fast forward a few years and DJ Raff’s name now appears as a DJ/sound engineer/producer on over 50 hip-hop releases in Chile, including that of Anna Tijoux’s group Makiza.

In 2011 he released the game changing ‘Latino & Proud’ on Nacional Records (Bomba Estereo, Ana Tijoux) which featured on EA Sports FIFA 2012 and was the theme tune for Comedy Central’s ‘Broad City’. Despite the success of his hip-hop productions, he wanted to challenge himself and produce instrumental music that was able to convey a message without the need for lyrics, and so his journey into electronic music began in the early 2000s.

DJ Raff has played events like Sonar Barcelona, Mutek.ES, Lollapalooza (US, Argentina, Chile), RBMA Mexico and Red Bull also invited him to mentor at the 2015 RBMA Bass Camp academy in Chile. His last album ‘Movimiento’ was released in 2017 on Nacional records and earnt him a nomination for best electronic music artist at the Pulsar awards in Chile.

Raff now joins the Big In Japan family for a 3 track EP, Resistencia (Resistance). It is inspired by the saturated world of advertising, consumerism and divisive politics that we live in. The artwork is by renowned Chilean artist Iván Navarro who’s ‘Homeless Lamp, The Juice Sucker’ installation is also about resilience, resistance and the plight of homeless people.

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