This remix chain brings together producers from around the world, each linked by samples as well as membership of the Ninja Tune record label’s online forum.
It’s apt Ninja Tune has inspired remix projects. The label was established by Coldcut, whose reworking of Eric B and Rakim’s ‘Paid In Full’ in 1987 has been described as a “benchmark remix” by The Guardian newspaper.
The first remix chain was started in England with Kelp’s track ‘Oceandrift’ and the remixes that flowed from the ambient composition featured a variety of electronic music genres.
This remix chain begins in San Diego, California with the initial track provided by DJ Pnutz. Her bio follows:
DJ Pnutz embarked on her career as a DJ when she received turntables as a graduation present in 1999. Within a year she began playing small gigs around the Southern California area and soon was accepted as a rising star in the rave scene. Learning the basics of mixing with various forms of electronic music her desire was to shift her focus to a more hip hop oriented style. Utilizing her love and knowledge of older music as well as her background as a classically trained dancer Pnutz was able to develop a unique genre bending methodology that drew from the energy of the dancefloor.
Despite her success as a DJ, the end goal was always to create original music. Originally from Canada and raised largely in San Diego, DJ Pnutz quietly honed her skills as a bedroom producer while continuing to establish her reputation as an eclectic DJ. Around 2005 DJ Pnutz took a turn from a club DJ into a instructor by taking over as the owner and head teacher of the San Diego Turntable Institution. She began focusing on introducing a younger generation to the artform that she has loved for so many years. DJ Pnutz launched after school programs and youth oriented seminars at various locations such as The New Childrens Museum, La Jolla Museum of Modern Art, and Knotts Berry Farm.
S.D.T.I. received growing acclaim from local media and community until 2012 when a a disastrous flood forced the San Diego Turntable Institution to close its doors. With teaching now no longer a main focus for Dj Pnutz she turned her sole attentions to producing. On her mother's birthday of 2012 a long time dream was released when DJ Pnutz released her first album and limited edition vinyl entitled "Rackmount". Since that time she has released numerous solo and joint projects including the top charting digital release "B-Girl Breaks" on Springstrut Recordings and "Treel Tales of Number Running" with J. Treel and 1019 of Parker and the Numberman which won a San Diego Music Award for Best Hip Hop album of 2015.
Having played percussion instruments since her early teenage years, DJ Pnutz has a heavy focus on drums in her production style. Although impacted by numerous genres, a strong old school hip hop influence can be felt in many of her tracks through her use of sampling and overall programming. After more than 15 years in the music game this is still only the precipice of achievements for DJ Pnutz as more is yet to come from this female production force.