Machete is the man behind the globally known Los Angeles Drum & Bass brand RESPECT which has played host to the largest D&B acts in the world over the last 17 years – plus, with over 25 years in the DJ game, Machete is always set to bring his experience and vast music collection to any event he plays!
There's No Substitute For Experience
DOA/SERATO SCRATCHLIVE MIX #2 –
FEAT. MC DINO (2009)
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS –
FEAT. NATURAL MC (2008)
BACK2BACK SESSIONS #36 –
MACHETE MIX (2008)
BACK2BACK SESSIONS #10 –
MACHETE MIX (2007)
RESPECT THE SOUND
15 ORIGINAL TRACKS –
VARIOUS ARTISTS (2005)
Funk Dem –
Enter The Sound –
Moods Vol. 2 –
Machete feat. Oscar Da Grouch (1999)
Jungle Warriors 1 –
Oscar Da Grouch & Machete (1998)
Pacific Madness –
Moods Vol. 1 –
Junglist Platoon –
Gundam Project ’97 Promo –
Machete feat. Clutch (1997)
Junglist Platoon Crew Ltd. Promo –
His Musical Journey
Rob Machete began his musical career back in 1991 as DJ Rob G, spinning Hip-Hop at Hollywood afterhours events such as No-Doz, What?, and Caffiend. The Los Angeles underground rave culture was in it’s infancy and Rob was inspired by the techno-breakbeat music emerging out of England via vinyl records played by DJs Raw, Curious, and Oscar da Grouch.
These frantic bass-heavy beats that evolved from old-school breaks layered with HipHop and Reggae samples were intriguing and propelled him in a new direction. Rob, encouraged by his peers, changed his professional name to Machete in 1994 – a title meant to evoke the nature of his mixing and cutting skills in relation to this new Jungle music. As DJ Machete, Rob helped put his crew, Junglist Platoon, on the map with gigs at nearly every Jungle party in the Greater Los Angeles area. A brief residency with Los Angeles mega-promoter Insomniac, plus a noted mention in URB Magazine’s NEXT 100 Issue (1998) garnered much attention. Machete was then featured on various dates of the infamous KungFu-Knowledge Tour of 1999, placing him alongside many of the world’s best talents including DJ Craze, Mampi Swift, and Rob Playford.
In March of 1999 the Junglist Platoon began hosting a weekly Drum and Bass event called RESPECT with Machete in charge of talent bookings, promotions, as well as being a resident DJ.
March of 2000 saw Machete organize a RESPECT one-off at the Winter Music Conference in Miami which successfully placed the RESPECT brand at the forefront of Los Angeles Drum and Bass.
After 17+ years, RESPECT is the longest running Jungle/Drum and Bass weekly in Los Angeles in addition to being one of the most successful clubs of it’s kind in the United States. RESPECT is globally known for bringing the best international and stateside talent and continues to do so after settling into it’s fifth and most current venue, The Dragonfly in Hollywood.
Machete is well-traveled and has showcased his skills in Italy, Croatia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Canada and in numerous other cities and states across North America. Machete notably made history as one of the very first Jungle/Drum and Bass DJs flown to perform in Anchorage, Alaska.
In 2016 Machete is busier than ever with his DJ residency at RESPECT, spinning at one-off events, booking Drum and Bass tours as an agent of Circle Talent Agency, hosting a weekly RESPECT DnB RADIO program, and engaging production projects proving his versatility as an artist. DJ Machete’s longevity speaks for his talents, dedication, and determination which has surely solidified his place as a force in the electronic music scene.
“Rob Machete isn’t just a Drum & Bass legend in the L.A. underground — he’s an educator and a pioneer of West Coast dance music culture. His Respect weekly is an L.A. club institution that has driven the DnB sound forward for 17 years — it has changed lives. I’m proud to call Rob a friend.”Pasquale Rotella - Insomniac Founder/CEO
“Machete’s contribution to Drum & Bass in America is unmatched.”R.A.W. aka 6Blocc
“I’ve known Rob G aka DJ Machete for nearly 20 years. He’s been one of the few constants in my life ever since the day I booked him for my first DnB event. From those early days, through 17 years of co-promoting our Respect weekly club night – Rob Machete continues to be one of the realist, truest and illest humans I have the pleasure of calling my friend!”Justin Ford - RESPECT Los Angeles
Word on the Street
If you are going to Electric Daisy Carnival this year, be sure to stop by the Wide Awake Art Car featuring Machete & Friends, the first-ever all Drum & Bass Art Car running 8pm to 4am on Friday June 17th for EDC’s 20th Anniversary! Come by to dance, hang, and Respect Drum & Bass!
Massive thanks to L.A. Weekly Music and Pictures Of Lily for the write-up as one of “The Best 20 DJs in L.A. Right Now” – very humbled to have even made this list, let alone Top 10!
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