Everyone can now make music. The increasing access to music related technology and the liquid flow of music and information is a blessing to aspiring musicians, but a curse to those who have to sift through the terrible mash-ups and tunes in order to find quality music. Based out of New York City’s Lower East Side, The Knocks are taking a stand and reclaiming good music for all.
The Knocks - Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “Jpatt” Patterson - garnered their name from the early days of their production career when they tirelessly worked out of their home studios and complaining neighbors would knock on their doors. Coupled with DJing and making mixtapes, the pair cobbled together enough money to open their studio; HeavyRoc Music. Following the tried and tested route of classic New York producers of the past, the pair would head straight from the studio to the club with a new fresh jam to test on the crowd in their DJ sets.
They have since produced original material and remixes for Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Marina & the Diamonds, and now their own music. With heavy rotation on Australia’s Triple J, their single “Make It Better” was released on Neon Gold Records and their hit “Dancing With the DJ” was #1 on both the Hype Machine and Japan’s iTunes. The Knocks have been taking their energetic live dance party all over the world, including their sold out NYC Bowery Ballroom debut, Tammany Hall headlining show and their European tour with Sleigh Bells and M.I.A. They’ve shared the stage with acts like Big Boi, Chromeo, and now, their upcoming U.S. tour with Ellie Goulding. Be prepared, because The Knocks will be knocking at your door and stereo very soon.
"Successfully produced and managed the young pop star-in-waiting [Samuel] to a contract with newly revived Columbia imprint StarTime." -Neon Gold
"Remixing up Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead” they’ve put together a real nice funky pop hit." -East of LA
"The Knocks Remix. Anything with this title in the track is guaranteed to bring it." -whatsupreeder
The anticipation is growing quickly as the fast-rising nu-disco stars of 2011---OLIVER—prepare to spread an epidemic of disco fever for their Bay Area debut at MELT. The Canadian duo, comprised of Vaughn "U-Tern" Oliver and pop producer Oliver "Oligee" Goldstein, have grabbed just about everyone's attention by now it seems through their refreshing, funky disco/house sound that has lent itself to official remixes for Chromeo ("Hot Mess"), Sneaky Sound System ("Big"), Penguin Prison ("Fair Warning"), and even Britney Spears ("I Wanna Go"). The boys are set to release their "Dirty Talk" EP on the influential French record label Kitsune Maison in January just after the release of their previous singles "I Need You" and "Memories of the Future" which have received massive support from guys like Aeroplane & Mylo as well as charting at the top of both Soundcloud's Hot Tracks and the HypeMachine Top 10.
Ghost Beach (Guest Vocals)
Ghost Beach are the latest pop pioneers to set the internet ablaze with only a couple singles floating around and without any major label backing. The New York-based duo of Josh Ocean and Eric "Doc" Mendelsohn take their '80s influences one step further with Ghost Beach. Only a few months old, they've already perfected a retro-future aesthetic that sounds like the holy trifecta of The Police, Depeche Mode, and Daft Punk, with a little Passion Pit sprinkled on top for good measure. Josh plays the jilted lover with vocal panache as Eric's soaring synths, guitars and forever young harmonies are plucked right out of Neverland. Ghost Beach is more about a time than a place, and that time is now.
- Andrew Hwang (Neon Gold)