It was in Tokyo, only a few years ago, that Rennie “Dubnut-One” Foster decided to make House music his life. Throughout his teenage years, Rennie was already living in a world of beats. House, hip-hop, breaking, bombing and rhyming all finally led Mr. Foster to the world of DJing, where he has excelled ever since. After only a few short years mastering his versatile turntablism, Rennie began rocking local crowds with an incendiary style of deep, hard, unrelenting funk. His unique style of jackinâ House grooves combined with hip-hop tricks and wicked scratching skills went on to be dubbed as a new genre by Japan’s Tribal Magazine – ‘B-Boy House’.
Playing parties and club nights in Victoria, Vancouver and beyond, led him to his now legendary three year Fluid residency in his hometown of Victoria. Returning to Japan in 1998, he became the resident DJ at Tokyo’s Club Loop, and went on to guest at some of Asia’s most notable clubs, including Mission, M.O., and Yellow in Tokyo and at the Dam in Seoul. Over the years, Rennie has performed with such living legends as Frankie Knuckles and Grandmaster Flash, and with legends in-the-making such as Johnny Fiasco, Mark Farina, Gemini, Stacey Pullen, and King Britt.
The experimental House tracks that define “Dubnut” are very deep, sometimes hard and always funky. Super-dope percussion, dubbed out samples, and a hip-hop inspired approach to composition gives his music an extremely innovative edge. Influences heard in Rennie’s music and track selection include Marshall Jefferson, Basement Jaxx, Brand Nubian, De La Soul, Larry Levan, Tribe Called Quest, Kurtis Mantronik, Cajmere, KMD, Blaze, Afrika Bambaata, Jedi Knights, RaSoul, Cassio Ware, Morgan Geist, Roger Sanchez and the Mongoloidz Crew, M.A.W., and Derrick Carter, yet he’s managed to carve out his own unique niche in the world of House music.
His first release on Impeccable Records, “House.Work.” was released in 1997, and went on the chart everywhere from Vancouver to Miami. After winning Mixmag USA’s “Next Big Thing” contest with his two partners, Nicholas Martin and Troy Wolfe, he is currently fine tuning his 12″ releases “Chocolate Faktory” for Phatt Phunk Records for a July release. In other areas, Rennie’s pushing the envelope of house music promotion. Throwing the now-famous “Shelter” free party in Victoria before leaving for Toronto this winter, he slammed the capacity crowd with deep House and Garage for nine vibe-filled hours until the show was shut down by the police, after which “Dubnut” was met with furious applause. Now living in Toronto, his regular “House.Work” and “Spermcount” club nights, Thursday & Saturday, have been gaining notoriety for his extended all-night set of quality House music. It’s the “Dubnut’s” intense creative vision that allows him to innovate while always remaining a true House purist at heart.