J. Period, CX KiDTRONiK, Mike Baker the Bike Maker
217 E Houston St.
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The Sun Moon and Stars EP is the final link in the EP trinity from Zion I, which started with Masters of Ceremony, and Libations. The project captures the mounting tension of the ongoing clash between the police and the community, with Dreadlock and Unity. On the other side it features savvy storytelling over bass heavy ambience with Lost in Translation and Last Nite. Juggernaut serves as the street anthem, deftly balancing the extremes. The three modes convey the hunger of an artist steady honing his craft. Bear witness, to the Sun Moon and Stars.
Hailed as a "music guru" by Rolling Stone and cited among the "world's Top DJ's" by The New
York Times, J.PERIOD's vast musical repertoire bridges cultures, generations and styles with
innovative blends and seamless transitions. As Music Supervisor for the Brooklyn Nets' inaugural
season at Barclays Center, J.PERIOD's signature sound has become the defining soundtrack for
the franchise, and set a new standard for the role of music in the NBA arena. A 10-year veteran
in moving large crowds, J.PERIOD has served as official Tour DJ for artists including Lauryn Hill,
Q-Tip, The Roots, and international icon K'NAAN, performing at venues from NYC's Central Park
Summerstage to Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome. His production resume boasts collaborations
with Grammy-winners Kanye West, Common, John Legend, and Mary J. Blige, and his "audio-
documentary" mixtape series – remixing everyone from Bob Marley to Bob Dylan – has prompted
music icon Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (The Roots, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) to label
J.PERIOD "the most creative mixtape producer of all-time."
J.PERIOD's latest release, "The Next Chapter (Still Love H.E.R.)" featuring COMMON, is
currently featured on Billboard.com: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-
J.PERIOD is also the producer of the Brooklyn Nets new theme song, written by Grammy-winner
John Forte (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/sports/basketball/nets-have-new-anthem-for-
brooklyn.html?_r=0). "Brooklyn: Something to Lean On (J.Period Remix)" plays before Nets'
starting lineups are announced at each Barclays Center home game.
For more information about J.PERIOD, please visit: www.jperiod.com
The DJ/producer/vocalist CX KIDTRONIK makes explosively danceable throwback hip-hop, meshed with electro and metal. He counts Kanye West, Saul Williams and Trent Reznor among his fans, and has worked with each. "He is a character," says Reznor. "He's also one of those guys, when he's around, things start to happen."
First, about the "krak." CX once saw Jody Watley squat for a split second to pick up a tambourine at a Central Park performance – at the height of the low-rise jeans era – and it was all over from there. The newfound obsession with accidental crack was put to music in his 2006 debut album Krak Attack, a pledged allegiance to the sag. His Stones Throw release Krak Attack 2: Ballad Of Elli Skiff takes a more conceptual angle – the title and album artwork references a low-slung-pants-wearing New Hampshire woman, who was arrested for refusing to leave a mall.
CX – "Christopher X" – is based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and comes from Detroit, with detours through Atlanta and Madison WI, where he was an official, bow-tie clad member of Louis Farrakhan's Nation Of Islam. But "KiDTRONiK" – the name – is pure NYC, a reference to '80s electro rap group Mantronix, who has heavily influenced his style.
A one-time member of Anti-Pop Consortium and Airborn Audio, he worked for years as a New York city club DJ, and has toured the planet honing his production style, playing custom-built synths, and drum machines with names like the "CX Betacrack Box" and "The Catonator," specializing in live kicks and snares, rather than loops. He has dazzled audiences around the world with his technically proficient, yet completely chaotic performances, full of gyrating women, flashing lights, lazers, sweat and beer. In recent years CX has toured with Reznor, Saul Williams, and produced for Kanye West's artist Consequence. What's more, in 2010 CX became a member of German digital hardcore group Atari Teenage Riot, filling in for the late Carl Crack. (The KraK/Crack connection is purely coincidental.)