MEZZANINE & POPSCENE Present
444 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA, 94103
This event is 21 and over
At the end of 2010, Dragonette were looking forward to a quiet year. They had just finished touring their second album "Fixin To Thrill," had done a successful collaboration with house kingpin Kaskade and a Gaultier commission with Martina Solveig that landed on the charts across Europe. Their album had landed in the Top 10 in Canada, had spawned an Itunes "Single of the Week" in the USA and Australia, and they had finally made inroads as a touring act in the USA and the Americas, as well as such far-flung places as China, the Philippines and Paraguay, selling out the majority of their shows.
Just as they were about to jump in the studio to start work on their 3rd album (due Summer 2012), their second collaboration with Martin Solveig, "Hello," was launched into the world. It quickly became a hit in Europe, going #1 in Holland and Belgium, top 5 in France and Italy, and scraping the Top 10 in the UK. 2011 saw the record expand, selling over a million copies in the USA, becoming the most-played Canadian record in Canada, and becoming a hit on every continent. It has been synched over 100 times in the process, and the band have done a number of major TV appearances across the globe as a result.
Dragonette have an extremely strong presence on the web, with their videos being watched over 100 million times on youtube, and they have topped the influential Hype Machine chart 8 times, with the latest coming on Jan 1, 2012.
As a live band they have sold out shows on 5 continents, and done tours with Duran Duran, New Order and the Sugababes. They have also collaborated with Basement Jaxx, Cyndi Lauper, Nicola Roberts and Don Diablo, almost all of which resulted in hit records.
In addition, their music has been used in Grey's Anatomy, The Hills, Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, and CSI Miami, and has soundtracked ads from Toyota, Macys, Trident, JC Penney, Target, Kraft, and Sony Playstation, and they have been featured in Rolling Stone, Elle and Vogue, amongst others.
The band is now putting the final touches on their 3rd album, and getting ready for more touring, which will start with an appearance at California's influential Coachella Festival. 2012 is set to be a fun year for them.
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 just finished a U.S. tour with Ellie Goulding. Be prepared, because The Knocks will be knocking at your door and stereo very soon.
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