London based Rayees Rashid (formerly DJ Rice) has held residencies and carried out guest performances at a number of clubs and venues throughout the UK and Europe (Ibiza, London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Newcastle). He has performed for Super-Clubs such as the Ministry of Sound, The Gallery and Turnmills to name a few. As well as performing on the club scene, he can also be seen performing at festivals; recent sets include: International Festival of Art, Technology, Music& Film and for O2’s Leeds & Leicester Mela Festivals.
Rayees’s sets have won critical acclaim within the underground club scene, with performances alongside international DJ’s Roger Sanchez, Mark Knight, Norman Jay and Stevie ‘Sole’ Middleton. His wealth of experience as a DJ since 1999 and as an avid vinyl collector since 1994 has given Rayees the musical know how to enable him to translate his Electronic, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Disco and World Music influences into successful live performances.
Rayees draws upon an eclectic range of artists, and is passionate about discovering new sounds to broaden his musical horizons. With an instinctive ability to know what to mix, a set could easily travel through: Carl Craig, FelaKuti, Francois Kevorkian, Herbie Hancock, Henrik Schwarz, James Brown, Jazzanova, Kraftwerk, Larry Heard, Matthew Herbert, NitinSawhney, Ron Trent, St Germain, Todd Terry, T-Connection and a whole range in between!
Muzik magazine awarded him the prestigious Bedroom Bedlam accolade in 2002; an award, which has also been given to other well known and respected DJ’s such as James Zabiela, Yousef, Paulo Mojo and Deepgroove. In 2004, he was also granted the International DJ magazine Raw Talent award.
As well as performing on the club and festival scene, Rayees has also worked within the international Fashion and Lifestyle arena. Performances for the multi-award winning department store Psyche, and international salon chain Toni & Guy, have all played host to his live DJ sets. He has also performed live on radio broadcasts for Galaxy, Leith FM, BBC and Pulseradio.net.
His musical collective are much in demand, as they make appearances at exclusive venues throughout the UK. The collective fuses a live DJ, a multi-disciplinary Percussionist, and a multi-instrumentalist playing Saxophone, Flute and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), that create new interpretations of tracks on the fly, through improvisation and performance.
A great finish to 2015 with a session alongside Jean-Benoît Dunckel, from iconic French Band ‘Air’ and the closing party for Yves Saint Laurent’ Style is Eternal, the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French fashion designer’s work and life. 2016 will venture further into arts/fashion projects, with previous performances for a variety of artists and fashion designers, including, David Hockney, Gavin Turk, Henry Poole & Co, Julian Opie and Laura Ashley.
Production wise, Rayees’s music has been featured on the BBC for the film The Chimera Project and International DJ magazine compared his studio work on the Time Out EP with that of legendary Wu-Tang Clan producer RZA; high praise indeed.
As a qualified Youth Worker, Rayees’s ‘Respect’ DJ Workshops have inspired many young people in Youth Clubs, Sports Clubs and Community Projects. The ‘Respect’ workshops allow young people to learn the art of mixing music, and through this develop skills such as self-confidence and discipline, communication and using technology.