DJ /rupture collaborated with James Franco, designed a clothing line, is writing a book and has a slash in his name --- and you don't.
By ADAM RATHE
Photographed by XAVI TUDELA
According to Jace Clayton, aka DJ /rupture, the slash in his name represents "a rupture, a little break." But it also comes in handy when describing what he does: The Brooklyn-based DJ/producer/designer/author/software engineer relocated to Spain and Morocco for the summer and then spent August touring the continent -- all while releasing an R&B-tinged EP he helped produce for performance artist Kalup Linzy featuring ubiquitous actor James Franco, and designing a streetwear line called Tropical Systems, via Dutty Artz, the record label turned Wonka-esque culture factory he runs with collaborator Matt Shadetek.
This fall, Clayton will release a new album -- a soundtrack to an imaginary reworking of The Shining taking place in modern-day Dubai -- with his strings-heavy band Nettle, and head to Holland to work on software that will rearrange traditional Dutch music based on parameters created by changes in the stock market.
After that? A book about contemporary music published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2013. And that's just what he's ready to talk about now.
"Music is so available these days, which is awesome, but if I'm really going to spend time bringing something into that world, that something has to be interesting and unique," Clayton says from Barcelona. For the multitalented Massachusetts native, that could mean anything from producing a dance track to throwing a party or playing a show at an abandoned cinematek in Marrakesh, like he'll be doing this month.
Clayton's come a long way from the early aughts when he first shot to fame -- working with Kid606 and getting recognized by Spanish teens in grocery stores -- thanks to 2001's Gold Teeth Thief, a mixtape that sampled everything from dancehall to Arabic music to Paul Simon.
"Naturally I've got a lot of influences," Clayton says, "but in terms of the spaces that I move through, I suppose there aren't any. It's just about getting inspiration from lots of different types of people." So, what's next? Clayton responds without missing a beat: "I hope things get weirder."