Kingpin Beatport

Biography

At 27, kingpin has acquired great accomplishments for himself. Having come from a musical family, kingpin began playing percussion at the age of 4. By the age of 16 he had already won the national drumset competition as well as being sought after by some of the best percussion institutes in the US. As he grew older, he performed and toured with many groups all over the country, including one of the top jazz ensembles in the US as well as a world champion drum and bugle corps.

Around 1994 he begun spinning hiphop and began playing around with cutting up samples and beats. This to no surprise came very natural because of his past rhythmic training. In 1995 kingpin discovered broken beats/drum and bass/idm, which fulfilled alot of his need for abstract rhythm, and would later lead to him to playing electronic events in early 1996.

Playing as 1/2 of the famed ruffneck duo Space and Infinite, Space played many events and dropped many bombs all over the country. After the combo went there separate ways for other projects Space took on the name Kingpin. Eventually Kingpin moved to Miami and hooked up with ‘the ill factor’ a live drum and bass PA that some would say was the best jungle PA in the US. The ill factor was known around the world for there stage shows and wicked presence on stage as well as through there sinister tunes. “If one of us was not bloody by the end of a show something was wrong” said King. Trying to broaden his outlook on electronic music, He also scored a few tours performing with the Spacemen throughout the US.

Kingpin plays deep tribalistic beats, as well as pushing the limits with his soothing melodies. If you are looking for sinister bass drops and polyrhythmic snares that are being chopped up like ginzu in a salad then there are not many who do it better.

King has played alongside some of the greatest talent in the world including R.A.W., Soul Slinger, Bad Company, Pish Posh aka DJ Wally, DJ SS, Shy Fx, Usual Suspects, Danny the Wildchild, Phantom45, Dara, Dieselboy, C4C, AK1200, Gridlock, Ming and FS, UFO, E-sassin, Teebee, Kemal, and Sage.

As far as non drum and bass talent, he’s shared the stage with Sasha, Doc Martin, Keoki, Carl Cox, Christopher Lawrence, Prophecy, Rabbit in the Moon, Crystal Method, Cypress Hill, DJ Funk, Trip Theory, Frankie Bones, DJ Icey, Baby Anne, DJ Dan, and R-fresh and many more.

As anyone with the ability to switch from genre to genre, kingpins been influenced by a wide variety of artists. You can be sure that any show including kingpin is bound to be a night that you will surely never forget. Do yourself a favor, Catch this old school don in action when ever you have the chance!

Releases:

  • 12" sense/maddness, rebel bass recs, the ill factor

    *12" bittersweet/do me right, rebel bass recs, the ill factor

  • 12" our business/mode 5, rebel bass recs, the ill factor
  • 12" killer/all mixed up, dead beats recs, kingpin vs. diablo

Discography:

  • ill motive, rebel bass recs, the ill factor live
  • catch 22, verbal kent recs, kingpin mix session
  • light it up, verbal kent recs, kingpin mix session
  • back to the old school, verbal kent recs, kingpin mix session