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The Kickdrums at The Rock Shop!
Sep 12, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm| $8
The Kickdrums are a Brooklyn-based indie rock band and production team headed by singer/songwriter/producer, Alex Fitts. Fitts began his career in Cleveland, Ohio producing hip hop tracks for local artist and quickly built a reputation as a “go to” producer for emerging talent. His knack for blending hip hop and alt rock scored him production placements with Kid Cudi, 50 Cent, Kanye West and Slaughterhouse. As he sharpened his skills as a producer, his desire to write, produce and apply his talent to recording his own music grew even stronger.
In 2007, tired of the redundancy of the radio rotation, Fitts decided to delve deeper into his alt rock roots and along with his close friend and partner, Matt Pentilla, began experimenting with his love for electronic music. With their focus shifting, The Kickdrumsstarted distancing themselves from working with outside artists. Fitts would spend his days penning songs and unraveling chord progressions, while Pentilla would break down records and flip obscure samples on his drum machine. All the rules were thrown out the window and the end result was a mesh of alt rock, soul and hip hop that has proclaimed The Kickdrums as the premiere genre-bending band of this generation.
The Kickdrums have been well known amongst the blog elite for their release of cross-genre mixtapes that not only showed how in tune they are to emerging music but showcased the future of their sound. In 2009, he made his debut as an artist by releasing the critically acclaimed mixtape “Just A Game”. Backed by brands like URB, Complex, Livemixtapes and Us versus Them, the band would go on to self-release two more albums, a series of festival mixtapes and run of singles leading to the 2011 official album debut, Meet Your Ghost, on Last Gang Records. Meet Your Ghost quickly earned a cult following with tracks featured in episodes of Chuck, Cougartown, Suits, Demoted, EA Games release, “SIMS3″ and upcoming “coming of age” comedy, 21 and Over, from the directors of The Hang Over.
In the Spring of 2012, Fitts released another highly anticipated mixtape “Follow the Leaders”. This latest installment greater exposed Fitts talent as an artist highlighted by features from some of hip hop’s most buzzed about upcoming artist such as Rockie Fresh, Casey Veggies, MGK and Exquire. “Follow the Leaders” would go on to have two tracks reach number one on the HypeM charts and earn rave reviews from the top hip hop and indie music blogsites. The Kickdrums have surely grown into their distinctive sound and earning their space in the upper echelon of musicians dedicated to pushing creative boundaries.