“Runs All Warehouses” is what it stands for. In the dark of night, he will slip his car out of the driveway to another L.A. warehouse, just like he has since the ’80s, and unpack his musical arsenal. Jungle, dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass, hardcore techno, cumbia, hip-hop, footwork — his DJ bag proclaims a deep appreciation of varied musical styles.
Some might argue that R.A.W. has been L.A.’s greatest DJ for three decades running. No one has spun music to L.A.’s underground more consistently, more deftly, with more versatility, and to more varied audiences. Long ago, he fused his hip-hop DJ battle techniques to the concept of the “musical journey” that many popular dance music DJs give lip service to but seldom deliver on.