"Hey guys, we’re just going to have a dance party for the next forty minutes, is that cool?”
Those were the nonchalant words that came from the New York duo as they came on stage in Boulder, Colorado last month. Their name is "The Knocks" and I am now a lifelong fan.
With their brand of dance music that is anything but nonchalant, production duo The Knocks, based out of New York Citys Lower East Side, are comprised of Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “ JPatt” Patterson. After re-mixing everyone from Wale to Katy Perry, and fresh off a tour with British artist Ellie Goulding, The Knocks are producing original music ahead of an album release slated for this summer. With a sound somewhere in between David Guetta and Passion Pit, these are the guys you want to blast when you’re opening up the door to your crew and getting in the first of many 7 and 7’s on a Saturday night. Whether it’s the whistling on the “Peter Bjorn and John” sounding single, “Make It Better” or the catchy hook on “Dancing with The DJ”, your brain is left with questions as your body takes off in high spirited motion.
Back to Boulder…the opening beats kick in and I couldn’t help but nod my head, tap my feet, and jump up and down. This fluid progression lasts for forty minutes; all the while a stupid grin plastered on my face.
Give them a listen, but be forewarned, catchy like a cold that sticks with you, you might find that you and the Saturday crew, sun coming up, still “Dancing With The DJ.” Quite frankly, a cold worth catching.
Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “ JPatt” Patterson are
The Knocks | New York, NY
Once played a house party that resulted in their neighbors calling the police which resulted in the arrest of their neighbors.