DJ /rupture is the pseudonym of Jace Clayton, a New York-based American DJ and producer. He used to play in the drum and bass collective Toneburst, and DJ’ed in Boston during the late 1990s. His standard setup, used to mix Gold Teeth Thief among other works, involves three turntables, on which he creates complicated mixes – such as one with a cappella vocals, the second with breakbeats, and the third with ambient effects.
DJ /rupture’s first big break came in 2001 with Gold Teeth Thief, a mix which combines hip hop, ragga, breakcore, jungle, noise, modern classical and music from around the globe. His second mixtape Minesweeper Suite was an even greater success, with the UK music magazine The Wire calling it one of the 10 best records of 2002. A year later, DJ /rupture produced Special Gunpowder, his most critically acclaimed album to date. He has appeared on John Peel’s BBC radio show twice, in addition to playing on The Breezeblock. /rupture is also part of the musical group Nettle and runs his own label, Soot Records. In 2008, he co-founded a new label with Matt Shadetek, called Dutty Artz.
In addition to his music, /rupture is becoming a well-known voice on the blog scene with musical and non-musical posts on his website, “Mudd Up!”. He also writes for other publications such as The Wire on a freelance basis. /rupture deejays a show also called “Mudd Up!” on Mondays, 7-8p.m. on WFMU.