DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad

When the footwork craze first erupted out of Chicago few were able to put names to the music behind the wild dancing. Gradually, though, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn emerged as prime movers, South Side boys with a crate full of beats designed to move the crowd, but the curiosity and knowledge to look beyond their neighbourhood. First they travelled to Detroit, and then the world, encouraged by admirers from the UK bass scene, such as Addison Groove. In this riveting lecture at the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy, they reflect on the origins of juke and footwork, look at where it’s at now and claim that it’s high time urban music's major players came calling.

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