Klok steps into a creepy abandoned carnival in the video for 'Sick Sad Summer' - directed by Bryan Michael Holcomb - watch here: youtu.be/KUh2aupeExA
Out today! For new single 'Sick Sad Summer' (prod. by Ant Quint), indie hip-hop artist Klokwize mines 1950s horror nostalgia, booming lo-fi beats, electric guitars, and the rapid fire lyricism he's displayed next to major rappers like Suga Free, DJ Quik & Pacewon over the years. Indie hip-hop with lo-fi, boom-bap and rock influences - and a whole lot of ATTITUDE.
STREAM: song.link/i/1470732870 & all platforms
Anymore MUSIC VIDEO:
'What the hell these kids dreaming of anymore?' Klokwize wonders on the jazzy Anymore, featuring bi-coastal songstress Angela Luna. The music video (directed by Bryan Michael Holcomb) presents a world distracted by technology, news and media to a breaking point of ultimate isolation - or is it?
'Anymore' can be found on Klok's newest EP Dangerous Youth, now streaming on all music apps: spoti.fi/2CLMMAr // apple.co/2HwJh6m
More information can be found at klokwize.net.
Premiere! The video for Dangerous Youth (directed by Bryan Michael Holcomb / Mirage Productions) features a snowy rose garden with vocalist Amanda Sloan and shows how hard it can be to be a kid - don’t we all remember?
Dangerous Youth EP is out 1-25 everywhere.
Klokwize Finds New Voice In Nostalgia on Dangerous Youth EP, out 1/25
Hartford-born rapper / songwriter Klokwize is well known for his work with LA rap icons Suga Free and DJ Quik, his many songs and features on ESPN-TV networks, and his breakout 2012 album 'Hood Hippie' - but after returning home to Hartford, CT from Los Angeles, he felt the nostalgia creep in.
'I'd probably write a letter to the man I was a while back,' he laments warmly on Dangerous Youth, the title track from his new EP, out January 25th everywhere.
The EP is 'a much more stripped-down vibe' says Klok.
'My last album (2017's pop-leaning Permission To Land') was done in LA with a lot more producers, but making this project was more for me. It's not aiming for your radio station. It's aiming for people's hearts. The whole record is about moving forward from the past. Just me telling stories, talking about life. There's so much we all experience.'
The track 'Mama Forgive Me' finds Klok's honesty and reflection in the striking chorus:
'Mama forgive me, I know it's hard-
Walking through the world with a hole in your heart.'
Klok adds, 'I just felt misunderstood the last couple years. Not everybody can write the happy, dance-able music I know how to write. But the world has not been a happy place lately. It almost felt negligent as an artist not to feel that. Dangerous Youth is me coming back home and looking at how a kid has to view that world now - and maybe how it views him sometimes.'
'Anymore' finds him addressing the world's uncertain political climate with:
'It's hard turnin' my eyes to fear, lies and disguise / Corporations and institutionalized - fascism and classicism / The masses living in bad conditions, suffering from past decisions.'
The jazzy musical backdrops of Dangerous Youth's 7 tracks come from longtime collaborators Ant Quint, XOPTF, and CTNOW Music Award-winning producers Isaac Young and Miles Elliot.
'I feel like this is the album he’s always wanted to make,' says Elliot, a Bloomfield native. 'It’s a reflection of the man behind the music. As a producer, I strive to capture those emotions sonically. Klokwize took the ball and ran with it further than I could've ever imagined.'
Guest vocalists like HOT 93.7 favorite Mike Flowz and bi-coastal songstress Angela Luna add their grit and soul to the affair, releasing on all music streaming outlets like iTunes, Spotify, Tidal & more.
Maybe Klok put it best. 'I feel like we found the 'new' in 'nostalgia.'
Dangerous Youth is out everywhere January 25th and more information can be found at klokwize.net and @Klokwize.
KLOKWIZE brings humor and cartoon animation to new video 'The Finder', a soulful hip-hop selection from his latest album 'PERMISSION TO LAND'. The track, produced by Ant Quint with live flutes by Mel Scott, is Klok in his storytelling best, with visuals that really bring the heartbreak to life.
Video Team: Andrew Reardon & Bryan Michael Holcomb, Animation: Studio Lalande.
From 'PERMISSION TO LAND' which features production from platinum producer DJ QUIK, world-toured instrumentalist / producer UNCLE DAVE FOREMAN (Bruno Mars '24K Magic', Miley Cyrus 'Bang Me Box', DJ Quik & Problem 'Rosecrans' & more) & more, out now on all streamers.
It’s tour time!! Klok and the whole WizeWorld family coming to a city near you CT, MA, VT & RI! Supporting the great JOATA & more! 🚌
Mark ur calendars now let’s hang!
Klok & co. rocked out Theaterworks Hartford' s DISTRICT NIGHT Summer Music Festival - catch it in The Hartford Courant / CTNow!
CT let’s go!! Come hang with Klok 6/23 at the Oakdale Theater with DAVE EAST, DON Q & more!! #new #live