Governors Ball 2014: RJD2 Plays DJ Set With Live Band, Talks EDM Growth at Fests (Video)

RJD2 at Governors Ball 2014
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RJD2 performs during the 2014 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 7, 2014 in New York City. 

Producer and musician RJD2 performed a live DJ set at Governors Ball on Saturday (June 7) that won over both new and loyal fans.


While on the Honda stage, RJD2, whose real name is Ramble John Krohn, scratched a majority (but not only) hip-hop slot. What set the DJ’s show apart was that he was backed by a live band — including a guitarist, drummer and congo player — that infused flavors off different genres and eras, such as ‘70s soul and rock.

After his “flying by the seat of the pants” performance, RJD2 spoke with Billboard about the growth of electronic music at music festivals.

“Electronic acts headlining festivals is impressive,” he says. “Ten years ago I would’ve never guessed in a million years that something as esoteric as beat-driven music, which can be largely instrumental, would be making a dent in popular culture.”

Billboard's Governors Ball 2014 Video