Hola Beat Faithful, Care to kick it?
Equally adept in the studio, on the decks and behind the mic, Austin-bred, San Francisco-schooled producer, DJ and vocalist, Kevin Knapp, has emerged from the bustling Bay Area dance music scene to the international spotlight. Previously popping up on a diverse selection of serious dance floor slayers with artists such as Richy Ahmed and Audiojack, his 2015 Ibiza summer hit, Heft, on Hot Creations, became the catalyst for Kevin’s newfound global success as a solo producer. Since then, the world has seen him prosper on this path through celebrated productions and remixes on labels like Dirtybird, Poker Flat, Sanity, Lost, and Truesoul.
But jacking house music swing is just one element in Knapp’s musical mixture. Kevin discovered his vocal proclivity at a young age in various choral and classical school groups. By adolescents, he was bumping hip-hop along with the rest of his peers, an influence that still looms large in Knapp’s productions today. No wonder fellow hip-hop-influenced ravers like Claude VonStroke, Heidi, Jamie Jones and The Martinez Brothers are among the DJs caning his tracks on the global stage, along with Seth Troxler, Magda and Eats Everything.
Kevin made his first steps towards his musical mission in San Francisco, becoming a fixture behind the decks at infamous soirees like Satellite, Werd, As You Like It and Housepitality, eventually unveiling his early production efforts at the start of the decade, including his debut release, Like This, on Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom label. From there, it was only a matter of time before Knapp heard the clarion call of the global techno capital Berlin, relocating in early 2013 and quickly fielding calls from new neighbors like Pan-Pot, Tiefschwarz, and Sacha Robotti. His move west inspired a change of focus, delving deep into solo production work with releases on labels such as Hot Creations, Material, and his upcoming EP on VIVa Music. Since his move to Berlin, Kevin has firmly established himself as a heavyweight in the international club scene, becoming a fixture on the global circuit, gigging across the globe, from Detroit to New Dehli, London to Seoul, and appearing at industry-leading events like Paradise, Movement (DEMF), ADE and Off-Sonar Week.
Big in build, talent and heart, Kevin’s fierce love of music and ferocious appetite for life continues to drive his quest for aural rapture. With these sturdy roots to hold him high, it is certain he will succeed.