DJ/Composer Elan Vytal, aka DJ Scientific, combines precisely engineered hip-hop beats and scratched rhythms with classical and world music sounds – both live and sampled – to create a uniquely contemporary yet accessible urban sonic experience. His crossbreed of musical genres and traditions is earning him critical acclaim and audiences worldwide.
He began as an MC in Oakland, CA with politically charged hip-hop group RizingSun Productions, then moved to New York, spinning at clubs and social events while attending the School of Audio Engineering. His extensive collaboration with composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) has generated original works including Call Them All – a laptop concerto commissioned by American Composers Orchestra which premiered at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in 2006, and Sonata for Violin and Turntables, a touring program recently highlighted at the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Vancouver’s PuSh Arts Festival, and at UCLA’s Royce Hall. In addition to performing one-on-one with DBR, he’s also a member of DBR’s nationally touring, nine-piece ensemble, DBR & THE MISSION.
Recent solo credits include Brooklyn Philharmonic mentorship ’09; Adrea Arts Family Opera Initiative Animal Tales; music director for Daniel Beaty’s play Resurrection; host of Kompasshun, a live music dance party held at The Whitney Museum with hip-hop producer, cellist and trombonist Dana Leong; Brooklyn Museum First Saturdays; Studio Museum of Harlem Pro Dreams sound installation; New York Philharmonic’s Kidszone Live; and production of Bach Meets Hip-Hop for a Hewlett Packard event in Las Vegas. In 2008 he self-released Life Force, a solo album representing a myriad of collaborations.
Elan is currently working with mcee/producer Natural Fact and violinist Matt Szemela in ‘Affadavit,’ a groundbreaking fusion group that is breathing analog life into a digital world.