Over 9 years of incubation in L.A.’s rugged underground music scene and heir to a bloodline of skilled musicians; Hip Hop producer K-Dence has slowly developed into a surging, one man creative force. This East Los Angeles native also adds DJ and audio engineer to his title. His time for unfolding and shedding the “behind the scenes” obscurity is now.
"...and his beatsmith [K-Dence] is a baaaaad man. Wowzers." - Abraham Beltran; Host for Soundwaves (KPFK, Los Angeles, CA)
"[K-Dence] Maaad slept on producer" - Bubski; Host (O.G. Huskey Radio, Los Angeles, CA)
Putting countless hours of select Hip Hop under a microscope, K-Dence tempers his production style to a carefully chosen few Hip Hop producers, which include; J Dilla, 9th Wonder, Nicolay, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Dwele, and Black Milk. His arsenal of inspiration is expansive and encompasses Modern Jazz, House music, Latin, Electronica, and Neo-Soul. Packing his utility belt of audio ammunition, K-Dence aims to deliver a gritty, yet soulful vibe. Listen to “Stranger In My Town” off his latest project titled, “The Assembly Line EP,” for a mind boggling example of soulful Hip Hop, incredibly clever sample chopping, and hard knocking drums. (http://kdence.bandcamp.com/track/stranger-in-my-town) Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=163NDnGEt7g
WORK ON DECK
K-Dence is currently constructing a full length album titled, “Movers and Shakers Vol. 1,” featuring the most prominent Hip Hop artists buzzing throughout Los Angeles’ music community. Both digital and hard copies are slated to release mid-October 2012. K-Dence maintains his production and audio engineering chops razor sharp as owner and operator of Beats Afterdark. A vocal studio, which has achieved a reputation for quality productions and superior post-production work. Beats Afterdark recently added health club, LAFitness, to its client list. View LAFitness’ Hip Hop class promo video with K-Dence on the beat! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzS4F6VnHpI)
THE K-DENCE PROCESS
Every kick, every snare, every hihat, and every sound is each meticulously analyzed and checked for cohesiveness. A scientific approach. Only after completing this ear numbing process does K-Dence finally shape and cement the sounds in the mix. His constant push for sonic clarity, Jazzy harmony, and neck snapping drum patterns, create a mind-blowing musical experience. Listen carefully to “Cinematic,” off The Assembly Line EP and prepare to encounter the power of his artistry. (http://kdence.bandcamp.com/track/cinematic)
God given gifts often surface early in a prodigy’s life and K-Dence is no exception. At only 8 months old, his mother describes him whistling a faint melody during a cab ride through Mexico; to the astonishment of both driver and passengers. During family gatherings, K-Dence was often sought after to play percussion for private performances. In the late 80s and early 90s, Los Angeles saw the worst gang violence in the nation and to endure, he found solace in listening and following Hip Hop groups from the opposite coast, such as “A Tribe Called Quest” and “De La Soul.” In college, he bought his first pair of Technics 1200s and plunged into scratching and DJing Hip Hop house parties, when dragging milk crates and playing with vinyl was the norm. Continuing his unfoldment, K-Dence ditched software programming and an electronics degree to pursue audio engineering and electronic music production in college. Upon graduation, his production and DJ career began.
K-Dence’s talents were not born in isolation. His father and uncles produced and released a Bolero vinyl album, a cousin launched a Latin Soft Rock CD, and a nephew currently sings, dances, and acts throughout festivals in Los Angeles. “It’s in the blood,” K-Dence says.
Collaborations in the Los Angeles Hip Hop scene are alluring and likened to a venus fly trap, but having kept a reasonable distance, K-Dence circulated in other locations such as; Phoenix, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, New York, Moscow, London, and the Philippines. “The excitement of working with new people in new places is invigorating and inspiring,” says K-Dence.
K-Dence is a man that wears many hats. Musically, he plays the keyboard, programs drums, DJs, and scratches.
Culture Chemistry Re-Mixtape - (October, 22, 2006)
The Assembly Line EP - (September 17, 2010)
Homegrown - (April 20, 2010)
Hired 2 Kill Vol. 2 - (August 3, 2010)
The High Class Mixtape - (August 23, 2010)
Long Time Coming EP - (October 8, 2010)
AbSoulute - (December 16, 2010)
Payback - (August 10, 2011)
The Meridian of Rhyme - (December 6, 2011)
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