Fort Knox Five

The Fort Knox Five is a leading force in the international funk & breaks scene. Having released an arsenal of floor rocking singles & remixes, the FORT KNOX FIVE has the midas touch for producing heavy hitting records.

Sid Barcelona, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers & Steve Raskin are the masterminds behind The Fort Knox Five. They established Fort Knox Recordings in 2003 to release party-rocking music that crosses tempos & defies genres. Their world renowned ‘Fort Knox Sound’ has overtaken dance-floors with its distinct interweaving of live instrumentation with funky electronic breakbeats. In 2006 they released the critically acclaimed ‘The New Gold Standard’ to showcase the groundbreaking sounds from their premier funk & soul label.

The Fort Knox Five’s talent for organic hooks has made them highly sought after producers & remixers. They have over 20 remixes to their credit, including monster mixes for A. Skillz & Krafty Kuts, Kraak & Smaak, Chris Joss, Ursula 1000, Dynamo Productions, & Mo’ Horizons, as well as remixes for the legendary Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong & Bob Marley. The Fort Knox Five has coined the term ‘Reminted’ to represent their signature remixing style. They released the first ‘Reminted’ CD showcasing some of their favorite productions in a continuous DJ mix in 2007.

Further cementing the The Fort Knox Five’s reputation, Afrika Bambaataa—The GodFather of Hip-Hop—asked them to produce four tracks on his latest album Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light released on the legendary Tommy Boy Label.

Tapped by URB Magazine for its annual “Next 100” list, The Fort Knox Five’s music has been featured on major compilations including the highly regarded Hôtel Costes Sept — & has been licensed to numerous films, television shows, commercials & video games. Most recently their music has been featured in the Fringe tv show on Fox, & video games Tiger Woods 2009, NBA Street, Need 4 Speed & Facebreaker.

  

They also finished exclusive production on six original interactive tracks in The Fort Knox Style for EA Sports’ Skate 2 & Skate It game soundtracks. Their music was recently licensed to Oscar Winning Best Feature Documentary The Cove, the trailer for Disney's You Again feature film, EA Sports NBA Live 2010, & Greg Stump's forthcoming ski movie Legend of Aahh's.

  

As DJs, they know how to rock a party with infectious grooves that effortlessly move from funk, reggae, & hip-hop to prime time beats & breaks. Their unique DJ style has proven irresistible to clubgoers worldwide. They have performed on 5 continents, & in over 25 different countries.

  

The Fort Knox Five have spun at some of the most prestigious venues in the world such as Madison Square Gardens in NYC, The Hollywood Bowl in LA, La Paloma in Barcelona, Fabric in London, & Die Registrateur in Munich just to name a few. Their music & skills caught the attention of Gwen Stefani, who asked The Fort Knox Five to be her tour DJs for her Harajuku Lovers tour with the Black Eyed Peas.

 

The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino hired the FK5 to provide musical direction for Eyecandy Sound Lounge. During their tenure at the club, it was the 3rd highest grossing venue out of all of the MGM/Mirage properties.

 

For their highly anticipated debut album, Radio Free D.C., The Fort Knox Five  took things back to their roots, & kept the vibe centered around the city they love, Washington D.C. Home to many pioneering artists like Marvin Gaye, Chuck Brown & Fugazi, they draw upon their city’s rich musical heritage of funk, soul, punk & hip-hop for their inspiration.

 

The Fort Knox Five invited their close friends from around the Nation’s Capitol, including Asheru (Unspoken Heard), Mustafa Akbar, Rootz & Zeebo (See-I), Sleepy Wonder, Javier Miranda, & Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses/The Make Up) to help them create a record that captures DC’s musical diversity.

 

The 2009 Inaugural weekend saw massive celebrations in Washington, DC & worldwide. The legendary Afrika Bambaataa, who helped launch the hip-hop generation with hits like “Planet Rock” & “Searching for the Perfect Beat” was in town to celebrate the historic moment.

 

While Barack Obama was being sworn in as President, The Fort Knox Five teamed up with electro-funk innovator Afrika Bambaataa & Mustafa Akbar to create the funk anthem “Shift.”

 

Following up the release of the song “Shift” The Fort Knox Five went to work on their debut music video starring Afrika Bambaataa, Mustafa Akbar, & Fort Knox Five. The groundbreaking music video for Shift is the result of months of work by directors Stu Mackay-Smith & DJ Ball.

 

Combining live action filmed in HD Oakley Red with sharp animation, the production team called in world famous action sports cinematographer Christian Begin to capture Vancouver’s Now or Never & Hybrid Movement breakdance crews. Stunt coordinationtion by Jason Hardabura, Additional filming by Adam Mackay-Smith, Colin Mcgreal & Robin Bell. With Go Go dancers Ace Mackay-Smith aka the Foxy Moron, Nessa V, & Jina Anika.

 

Prepare to be blown away by an audio-visual experience of interstellar funk & esoteric imagery. The video even features an exclusive John Langdon created Fort Knox Five ambigram.

The “Shift” music video was recently premiered on Spinner.com, & received an amazing review calling it “Groundbreaking.”

The Fort Knox Five tour as Djs, & a live band, & are heavily touring the festival circuit throughout the summer of 2010. For their live show, The Fort Knox Five will perform as a full-on live band bringing many of the artists featured on various projects to perform songs that will inspire, incite & unite audiences to “Funk 4 Peace!”