The Knocks are a distinctly 21st century duo. Only in a world where music has been democratized through blogs could they have evolved into the “prolific hit-making electronic duo” they are today. After dropping out of music school in New York, the pair moved in together and quickly set about making their neighbors hate them. “Our apartment was this small, shitty Avenue C apartment with paper thin walls. We both had studio set-ups in our rooms,” explains B-Roc. “It would be loud as hell and the neighbors hated it. They’d knock on the walls and bang on the ceiling. We would go into each other’s rooms and say, ‘I just got the knocks.’”
Declared by the NME’s one of the “20 hottest producers in music” as “cred-pops answer to the Neptunes” by The Guardian, they are now one of the most buzzed-about duos on the electronic circuit. JPatt’s background in soul and funk and B-Roc’s years spent immersed in trip-hop and hip-hop beats allowed the pair to quickly ascend the production ranks. After gaining recognition for their remixes for artists including Haim, Santigold, Foster the People, Two Door Cinema, Ellie Goulding, Chiddy Bang,Passion Pit and The 1975, they eventually found themselves experimenting with sounds of their own.
B-Roc and JPatt didn’t think much would come of a nearly five-minute track they had been building, all tense beats and tingling synths. “It kind of started out as a joke,” says B-Roc. “But people were liking that more than the stuff we produced for other people,” says B-Roc. “It felt right.” The duo quickly discovered a newfound freedom in creating their own music. “It's better because it's ours, and we can do whatever we want with it,” explains JPatt. When The Knocks realized the chord they’d struck, they opened their own custom-built studio Heavy Roc Music on the Lower East Side in New York City. Over the past three years, the duo has been jet-setting around the globe for DJ gigs, sharing stages with Grouplove, M.I.A., Ellie Goulding, TwoDoor Cinema Club, Chromeo, Sofi Tukker and others – all while releasing infectious singles that have turned The Knocks into blog darlings.
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