Classixx

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Classixx
Origin Los Angeles, United States
Genres Electronic, nu-disco
Years active 2009–present
Labels Kitsuné Records, Innovative Leisure
Associated acts LCD Soundsystem, Active Child
Website classixx.la
Members Michael David
Tyler Blake

Classixx is an American production and DJ duo, based in Los Angeles, composed of Michael David and Tyler Blake.[1][2] They were previously known as Young Americans.[3]

Biography[edit]

Tyler Blake and Michael David, childhood friends, started a DJ duo in the suburbs of Los Angeles.[4] The name Classixx came from their liking of classic compilations of different music.[5] The DJ duo is influenced by a plethora of music, ranging from old school R&B to Paul Simon to Kraftwerk.[6]

Personal life[edit]

The duo are currently residing in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.[7] David and Blake are childhood friends and attended the same middle school and high school together.[8]

Career[edit]

David spent the first half of the 2000s releasing his own music and touring in a band as a guitar player while Blake attended the Berklee School of Music.[3] In 2005, David left his previous band and Blake dropped out of music school. Soon after, Classixx was formed. In their early twenties, Classixx were part of the new wave of the Los Angeles electronic music.[9] A change from the banger-driven electro that had been dominating dance floors, their sound was a smooth blend of disco, new wave, funk, house, and indie rock.[10] Recent remixes for groundbreaking and diverse artists include Phoenix,[11] Mayer Hawthorne, Holy Ghost, Ladyhawke, Fischerspooner, Groove Armada, Yacht,[12] Beni, Drop the Lime[13] and Major Lazer.[14] According to Chicagoist, Classixx "became staples in DJ sets all over the world".[15]

Pitchfork Media wrote that the duo gave Phoenix's "Lisztomania" "a gorgeously pillowy synth-disco framework".[16] The Los Angeles Times called it "pure disco cotton candy".[17]

Classixx's debut single, "I'll Get You" featuring Jeppe (Junior Senior),[14] was released in the summer of 2009 on Paris based Kitsune Records.

Classixx's first album, Hanging Gardens, was released on May 14, 2013 via Innovative Leisure. [18]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums

  • Hanging Gardens (Innovative Leisure · 2013)

Singles

  • "I'll Get You" featuring Jeppe (Kitsune Records · 2009)[19]
  • "Into the Valley" featuring Karl Dixon (Green Label Sound · 2011)
  • "Holding On" (Innovative Leisure · 2013)
  • "All You're Waiting For" featuring Nancy Whang (Innovative Leisure · 2013)
  • "Santa Domino" (Innovative Leisure · 2013)
  • "A Stranger Love" (Innovative Leisure · 2014)

Original Production

Remix Work

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hood, John (March 18, 2010). "Classixx is L.A.'s new dynamite duo", Miami New Times. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  2. ^ Costello, Jesse (March 16, 2010). "Classixx interview: SXSW 2010", Spinner. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Giambalvo, Carole (August 7, 2009). "SoundCheck: Hippiefest II, Tides of Man, Classixx, Emery, Candy Bars", St. Petersburg Times, p. 39.
  4. ^ Killahbeez Interviews December 26, 2009.
  5. ^ Fancy Sounds Interview February 2008.
  6. ^ Foos, Zachary (2008-12-02). "Fancy Sounds: Interview With Tyler From Classixx". Fancysounds.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  7. ^ "WMC 2010 – Classixx KarmaloopTV Interview | Funky House Music | FHMDC". Funky House Music. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  8. ^ Jul 30 / Vari (2009-11-26). "Oh Yeah Classixx!!". THE NUMBER 20. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  9. ^ Killabeez Interviews.
  10. ^ Killabeez Interviews
  11. ^ "Classixx Remix Phoenix". Stereogum. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  12. ^ Benson, Denise (March 10, 2010). "Denise Benson's best bets", Eye Weekly. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  13. ^ Mudhar, Raju (February 11, 2010). "Concert sampler", Toronto Star, p. E2.
  14. ^ a b http://www.ohhcrapp.net/2007/12/classixx-l.html
  15. ^ Guidry, Jake (January 8, 2010). "CLASSIXX To Get Sensual At Smart Bar This Saturday", Chicagoist. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  16. ^ Hogan, Marc (June 12, 2009). "Album review: Various Artists: Kitsuné Maison 7: The Lucky One", Pitchfork.com. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  17. ^ (May 24, 2009). "Underrated / Overrated", Los Angeles Times, p. D3.
  18. ^ Saver, Cooper (February 11, 2013). "Classixx Announce Debut Album “Hanging Gardens”", MagneticMag.com. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  19. ^ May 14, 2009 (2009-05-14). "Kitsune and The Cobrasnake present Classixx feat. Jeppe – I'll Get You". Hypebeast. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  20. ^ "Free download: Mayer Hawthorne "Green Eyed Love (Classixx Remix)" | Stones Throw Records". Stonesthrow.com. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  21. ^ A Hector Mendoza Jr. Production.

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