“Get off, Facebook,” James “JPatt” Patterson told me backstage at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. It was his number one and automatic response when asked how to deal with the current state of the world. “You can be informed but you don’t need to buy into it so much that it consumes your life.”
The Knocks have been doing alright for themselves. They released their good vibes debut album, 55, last year that included guest spots from some of the industry’s most talented lineup including X Ambassadors, Carly Rae Jespsen, and Walk The Moon. The duo, comprised of Patterson and Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner, met when they were just 19 and since then, their mission has been to let their audience feel as good listening to their music as much as they do making it.
Their latest EP, TESTIFY, continues that sentiment and truly does make you feel great, something that is truly needed during these times.
“Sometimes you feel bad promoting a tour or a show on the internet at times like this but when you think about it, people have to get away from it somehow,” Ruttner explained. “There’s definitely an open lane [for music]. Over the past few years, music has become a little self centered and over the top — people are doing the same thing and not trying to branch out. I think a lot of bigger artists are going to realize that they can affect change. There’s a weird revolution going on right now.”
“Culture has always been the motivation behind any art form,” echoed Patterson. “Even in the Dark Ages — information was limited, people were literally burning books. But what came out of that were painters and sculptors. Whenever there’s a time like that — kinda like what we’re going through now — art happens.”
The Knocks have taken this concept and ran with it creating some of the most exultant fusion of pop, hip-hop, and R&B. Their music radiates that good vibe and beyond. Despite succeeding in their mission, The Knocks still leave it up to their fans to decide where their music fits into their life. When I asked them what they want people to get out of their releases and live shows, the answer was simple: “Whatever you want.”
Catch THE KNOCKS on tour, get tickets here.
THU 02-Mar-17 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club***
SAT 04-Mar-17 Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore Philadelphia** *
FRI 10-Mar-17 Urbana, IL – Canopy Club***
SAT 11-Mar-17 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall***
TUE 14-Mar-17 Lansing, MI – The Loft***
THU 16-Mar-17 Detroit, MI – Shelter***
FRI 17-Mar-17 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground***
SAT 18-Mar-17 Montreal, QC – Belmont ***
TUE 21-Mar-17 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall***
WED 22-Mar-17 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater***
THU 23-Mar-17 Boston, MA – Royale Boston***
FRI 24-Mar-17 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place***
SAT 25-Mar-17 New York, NY – Terminal 5***
*support from Mark Johns & Skylar Spence
**support from Lophiile, Mark Johns & Skylar Spence
***support from Bipolar Sunshine & Gilligan Moss