From track star to DJ (Audio Interview)

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Twenty years ago, Gabe Moskoff was a sophomore at Madison East High School.

Today, he’s the DJ for rap supergroup Run the Jewels and goes by the stage name Trackstar.

Moskoff will return home as Trackstar the DJ on Feb. 15 for a sold-out Run the Jewels show at the Orpheum Theater.

I caught up with Moskoff to talk about his mixtape beginnings, how he came to be the DJ for Run the Jewels’ emcees Killer Mike and El-P and what it’s like on tour.

Listen to the interview here.

The beat goes on

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Joey Banks, one of Madison’s busiest drummers, was mentored by his idol, Clyde Stubblefield. Now Banks is music director of the Clyde Stubblefield All-Star Band, where the two men drum side by side.

Read the story here.

(Photo credit: Nick Berard)