Cut Chemist has been recording and performing for over 30 years. He started dj’ing in 1984, at age 11 years old. In 1987 aged 14, Cut started recording with his friends including Chali 2na (Jurassic 5). Cut first came to prominence as a founding member of both the rap group Jurassic 5 and Grammy award winning Latin funk outfit, Ozomatli. Keeping his involvement with both groups in tandem with one another, Cut developed a taste for music and rhythms from around the world while keeping his ethic for the hip hop tradition. His mix-tapes and remixes are critically acclaimed. His ‘Chemist’ moniker was fully realized with his instrumental, Lesson 6: The Lecture, a musical journey that challenged hip hop production with music theory ideals. Cut also found time to collaborate with DJ Shadow on what would be one of the worlds most sought after mix cd’s, Brainfreeze, soon to be followed by its sequel, Product Placement.
Eventually Cut took a hiatus from Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli to pursue a solo career, starting with Warner Bros. where he landed his first solo LP, The Audience’s Listening, in 2006. The title track was quickly placed for the first Worldwide Apple Nano commercial with Cut performing at all major US and European flagship Apple stores, while the single, “The Garden” became a favorite with taste makers and the single “What’s The Altitude” became one of the most viewed videos on YouTube.
After a groundbreaking tour supporting Shakira in 2007, he headlined The Hollywood Bowl as part of “The Hard Sell” tour with DJ Shadow. In 2010 he released a new concept mix entitled Sound of the Police. Different than the conventional DJ mix CD using two turntables, this exclusive offering was created live using only one turntable, a mixer, a loop pedal and all original vinyl pressings. Driven by his passion for Ethiopian, Colombian, Sudanese and Afro- Brazilian sounds respectively, this mix also features a few classic tunes you might recognize.
Recently fans have been enjoying his 10 year anniversary fan club edition of “The Audience’s Listening” called The Audience’s Following featuring different songs which didn't make the cut, and demo versions of songs that did. As The Chemist readies his 2nd artist album, he has a new online radio show on dublab.com called A Stable Sound after his own label, where he will share his extensive knowledge of beats and rhythms from around the world, with the world. The new LP is aiming for a 2017 release date, as this global tastemaker explores new territory musically and conceptually.
“Whatever comes next you can expect the same ethic of artistic integrity” says Cut. “Hip Hop is not a specific type of music, its how its presented. I feel I’ve always proved that and will continue to do so.”