Rennie Foster – The Ransom Note Mix

Rennie Foster has been a well respected figure in the Canadian music and art community since he was just a teenager and influenced many as an early pioneer of the Hip-Hop / B-Boy movement. Beginning his musical life as a member of "Sound Advice", one of the first Hip Hop groups to emerge in the late 80's from Western Canada. 
He's since gone on to forge a life in the world of techno releasing on the likes of Derrick May's Transmat, Laurent Garnier’s F- Communications, Monoid, and Synewave over the years.  Relocating to Tokyo in 2004 he became an important part of the Japanese club scene, playing all over the country in venues like Womb, ageHa, Yellow, Unit, Metro and Nagisa Festival.
Now residing back in Canada and producing for an array of labels and his own RF imprint he's delivered this week's unrelenting R$N mix taking in everything from Radio Slave to Octave One and Sterac to Doug Lazy. 

Please introduce yourself – 

Who are you?

I am Rennie Foster aka B-Boy DubNutOne. 

Where are you? 

I am currently living in VanCity, Canada, formerly of Tokyo,Japan. 

What are you?

I am a human, a father, a caffeine addict, a weed smoker, an anti-purist, a skateboarder, a fan of music, and a lover of shoes. 

Where was the mix recorded?

At RFHQ1, my home studio.

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

At a house party maybe, definitely in the car …in your iPod etc.

What should we be wearing?

Whatever you want truly in your deepest of hearts.

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?


Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

If I had to choose one, I might say that track by Secret Studio featuring D’Marc Cantu called “Home Bass”. This is a promo from a cat in SF I met recently. The whole EP is heavy. Very raw. 

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Double Dee and Steinski – Lesson One .. OF COURSE!

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

My very good friend and mentor Brent Carmichael, because we miss him very much.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

My first set up was straight up Thrift Store turntables, pennies on the head-shells and everything, and a Stolen Radio Shack mixer with WD40 in the cross fader! Straight up.  

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?  

Well, I usually know what I want to play first, and I never know what I’m going to play last, so.. I guess first? Is that a trick question? In many, many years of DJing, I have yet to plan out a mix, I just freestyle it, but I plan to try planning it out sometime.

What were the first record you bought?

The first record I ever bought with my own money was either, The Time, “Ice Cream Castles” EP, Van Halen, “1984” or Jellybean Benitez, “Wotupski!?!”. 1984 was awesome.  

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Cereal shaped like zeros and ones. Healthy cereal though, that still tastes like good cereal. It tastes like Cap’n Crunch, but it’s full of vitamins, minerals and acid. The sound, not the drug, of course. The good acid.

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

Nothing is impossible, you don’t know this?

Upcoming in the world of Rennie Foster?

Lots of releases on my own DIY label, RF. “Floatilla” finally getting a release on Ornaments, a great label, btw. Remix of the hottest piece of hi-tech soul wax I’ve heard in a minute, “I Can’t Shake This”, by Myles Serge and that dude from Mega Jawns. Huge record for people who really know what’s up, I’m just saying’. Vintage sci-fi techno EP com in’ on local label, SubSpec. My “Perimeter Abstract” EP on Thoughtless just dropped. You know, I’m working over here.

Anything else we need to discuss?

Yes, my awesome daughter just started her own youtube channel. She is rad. Support her, even if you don’t like my music!