KNIGHT$ is a UK artist with a flair for penning memorable electronic pop anthems, and is also known for heart stopping live shows. Whether with a full band or simply stripped back with a pianist, KNIGHT$ delivers. With one foot firmly in the present, and a discerning knowledge of music’s past, KNIGHT$ might just be the newcomer to occupy your sound system in 2016.
Cutting his teeth with various previous projects, KNIGHT$ has made his name as an adventurous live tenor. Touring around Europe alongside Zoot Woman, IAMX and The Faint, he’s also headlined The Under The Sky stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and co-wrote the lead track for the German movie Bauernfrühstück in 2011, where he duetted alongside German classical vocalist Isgaard (Schiller).
KNIGHT$’ and his current producer Martin Dubka (Punks Jump Live/Tyson/Ali Love) started working on the first new tracks in January 2016 in Hackney, London. The location was perfect juxtaposition for the fascinating union they were about to forge.
Even after a short time in the studio Dubka and KNIGHT$ developed an almost telepathic understanding. It was clear the initial tracks needed to be concise, with super strong stick-like-glue melodies. KNIGHT$ would programme the midi, with Dubka working overtime, patching in an array of vintage analogue synthesizers and getting the sounds just right. They would occasionally stop for coffee, listen to “Time To Move” by Carmen, and swiftly move on. By the time they were finished, KNIGHT$ knew he had something pretty unique on their hands.
KNIGHT$ holds undeniable magnetism live, but there’s a palpable substance to all he turns his hand to. Just when you think you have this guy sussed, he will offer you something different, something you never saw coming.
It’s pop Jim, but not as we know it.
"THERE'S A HUGE POTENTIAL AUDIENCE FOR KNIGHT$ " - Louder Than War
"A THUNDERSTORM OF SYNTH-MELODY" - Medienkonverter
"THERE'S A NEW ELECTRO KID ON THE BLOCK" - THE MOST RADICALIST
"HOOKS THAT REAPPEAR IN YOUR HEAD REPEATEDLY BETWEEN LISTENS" - CMU DAILY