RBI (Ruby Willis) is a DJ, producer, sound artist and clarinettist. Merging industrial techno, electro and jungle, RBI’s DJ sets span heavy uptempo dance music and ethereal absorbing ambient soundscapes. RBI has performed widely across Naarm, at events including Hopkins Creek Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Butter Sessions, Play On x Analog Attic, Neurotiq Erotiq and Espace Noir.

In 2019, Willis co-founded Fluxx, a monthly music night that celebrates new DJ talent, which just released a 28-track compilation album funded by Creative Victoria which has received wide acclaim. She has toured with the Play On collective internationally while working as an assistant event coordinator. Outside of the club, you may have heard her guest programming for PBS, or her most recent sound installation piece ‘Dissolving Clarinet Loops’, commissioned by the City of Melbourne (2019). Recognised as an emerging talent, Willis is a successful recipient of the Pop/Contemporary Women Composition mentoring program with APRA AMCOS, and will be mentored by Andy Garvey in 2020.

Willis graduated from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor in Music Performance on clarinet, and has performed in various large ensembles, as well as solo as a clarinettist. She currently works as an event and volunteer coordinator for Melbourne’s acclaimed concert series Play On, after completing a University of Melbourne funded internship with the organisation. Play On showcases electronic and classical music alongside in unusual spaces.

RBI performing a DJ set
Photo by Briana Davis

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