Born and raised in Queens, DJ Rad began producing music in the basement of Triple Beam Team Studio with partner Johnny Quest in 1996. Seeing his potential as a beat-maker, Rad learned producing on the job with the likes of Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, Kool T of The Afros, and Nashiem Myrick.
Rad caught the attention of hip-hop legend Guru and Group Home, producing numerous tracks for them, and serving as official tour DJ for 6 years throughout Europe and Asia in support of Guru’s album Jazzmatazz. Staying true to his roots, Rad made demos for other local artists. Amongst others, Rad and partner Johnny Quest produced a 5-song demo for 50 Cent. After signing with Interscope, 50 asked Rad to contribute to his 2003 debut “Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” Rad produced the track “High All The Time.”
Currently splitting time between New York and Toronto, he stills works with the same equipment that has always served him well: MPC’s (2000-5000), Triton keyboards and Logic Pro software. Influenced by Dj Premier, Marley Marl, Ced Gee, KrushMaster, Kool T, Pete Rock, Easy Moe Bee, Quincy Jones, Bob James, Earl Klugh, Rad says he endeavors toward the same height of innovation in the art.