Ruffdraft, Thizz Markie


RUFFDRAFT, in the post ambient, tech industrial era of music is an imposing, experimental producer from San Francisco, California. Musical blood ties to artist David Ruffin of the (Temptations) may explain the sometimes soulful play between harmony and discord in the collage like dissonance that is Ruffin’s music.

RuffDraft, with a firm foundation in Nu-Jazz, Soul, and Hip-Hop, released— (Golden Gates) (2012): A plutonian adventure of melodic chimes and space traffic, Draft bends ambiance music into Jazzy improvisation like sweet and sour, hard candy in tracks that follow lines that resemble hump-back arches.

In 2012 RuffDraft released his debut EP with (Grappa Frisbee Records) in 2012 and is currently working on a debut full length album.

A strong representative of the Oakland Electronic/Experimental scene, RuffDraft is a resident musician at several Bay Area electronic collectives and events such as San Francisco's (RESONATE) and Oakland's (JUICEBOX). Often refereed to as "Baby FlyLo" by those who nod there heads to the journey of his space jazz vibes--RuffDraft keeps it no secret that his sound is highly influenced by the instrumental magician of sound Flying Lotus. But make no mistakes about Ruff-Draft's sound, though production influences such as Flying Lotus, J-Dilla, and MF Doom, can be heard in RuffDraft's melodies, his compositions live in a space all of their own.

"Im so highly influenced by FlyLo, Dilla, Doom, Pete Rock, and so many other great producers that one of the more difficult things at times is really pulling back--getting space from the track, and making sure that the songs I write have a true identity of their own--I just make music that I would listen."

RuffDraft has shared the stage with the likes of Mono/Poly (Brainfeeder), Odd Nosdam (Anticon), Dibia$e
(Brainfeeder), Eprom(Rwina), Inightful (Soulection) and many other notable and talented musicians. His live performances are blissfully intoxicating experiences that intertwine galactic tones and tribal patterns which provide a cadence for the soul.

Step into his dimension, breath in the atmosphere that shrouds his planet, let his melodies and spacey deep baselines fill your lungs, and prepare to be under the influence of his delightfully addictive sound.

Thizz Markie

Trunk candy supplier. Lazer blap addict.
Host of San Francisco's first and longest running glitch hop and future bass radio show. Veteran party wrecker.
Steady faded at the rap rave.

Recent bookings with: Trap-a-holics, Baauer, gLAdiator, HeRobust, EPROM, ill Gates, UFO!, Freddy Todd, Love & Light, Stylust Beats, #etc #yadada

AKM is a teacher by nature, especially when it comes to music. Currently he is launching a forward thinking music website dedicated to showcasing the best sounds from international tastemakers. Whether he’s organizing an event or playing tracks released hours beforehand, he’s all about sharing his musical knowledge. It’s clear AKM spends countless hours scouring the internet for the latest and greatest artists and beats. If he played it or recommended it then it’s definitely worth your attention.

Born in SF, AKM moved to Florida at a young age and it was there that he first become involved in event production and DJing, thriving on the challenge of bringing quality events and music to an area that was otherwise largely without. He embarked on a mission to do the impossible, proving to all doubters that he was a force to be reckoned with. Large or small, commercial or underground, indoor or outdoor, you name it and he’s probably done it.

Moving back to his birthplace opened AKM’s eyes even further to the diverse spectrum of quality electronic music available. A youthful love affair with jungle has blossomed into a unique style which incorporates a wide variety of music - bass, dubstep, footwork, ragga, trap, glitch hop, trip hop, midtempo and everything in between. His musical tastes and history is eclectic to say the least and he is nothing if not versatile. Returning to the bay he discovered his heart had never really left and he has since flung himself full-force into the local EDM scene. Be sure to keep an eye out for this up and comer.

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