A Riff on Raf
In the cutthroat, uber competitive community of Hawaii DJs trying to accumulate gigs and fans, DJ Raf has raised the pulses of hard dance loyalists by staying true to the aggressive hard bass genre. Raf, an under-the-radar talent, patiently waits for scenesters to pick up on his flecks of originality amidst all the carbon-copy sounds and cookie-cutter styles, and insists there is still a lot of work to be done.
“I try to play the sounds that other DJs don’t,” he explains. “Sure, I can mix dubstep or electro, but there’s already 30 guys down the line who do that, too.”
Thanks in part to Raf’s personal face-melt conquests, hard dance has experienced modest success in the Islands in recent years. For the pioneer craftsman, it’s about more than gaining popularity only to fade into irrelevancy. He hopes to one day legitimize a sound he has stood by for years.
Crowds will benefit from another EDM option to whet their music appetites when conventional genres go stale. The ultimate reward for Raf is in seeing his energetic beats flourish one day.
“It gives me a drive boost when people tell me they enjoy the sounds I play,” he says. “I just love making everyone dance.”