Wiz Kilo performance
|Birth name||Wissam Kilo|
|Also known as||Wiz|
|Born||March 5, 1984|
|Genres||Hip Hop, Pop , R&B, Electro, Urban|
|Occupations||Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Musician, hip hop instructor, actor, model|
|Instruments||Vocals, Piano, Keyboard|
|Associated acts||2Much, Jordan Setacci|
He was born in 1984 in Aleppo, Syria and immigrated with his family to Canada when he was 5 years old. He studied communications and acting in Vanier College, Montreal, Quebec and in Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario.
In 2002, at the age of 18, he joined Quebec boy band 2Much alongside Marc Trottier, Martin Blanchett and Eric Chamberland. Wissam Kilo was known as "Wiz" in the band. They were promoted as one of the best upcoming boy bands in Quebec in competition with the boy band InMotion. They had major appearances on several occasions on the specialized Quebec music station MusiquePlus with interviews and live performances. They had many successful concerts in Montreal and Ottawa.
When the band 2Much split up, Wiz decided to go solo, writing and producing his own material. He wrote the single "Move So Sexy" produced by German producer YL. The single enjoyed great popularity online. He took part in international songwriting competition reaching the semi-finals with the song "Got Me Like" that he co-wrote with fellow artist Jordan Setacci.
He released his independent debut EP entitled Wiz Kilo in 2007, followed by the self-produced EP FRSHLSS in 2008. He is in the process of releasing his third studio album III, but meanwhile has released B4III composed of material from the first two albums in addition to further material from him and producers from the Netherlands and Germany. B4III is sold as a promotional CD during concerts and shows, and has resulted in 2 singles / music videos from the CD, namely "Stüsh 2Nite" and "Delete".
He has also toured many countries with his music including Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto), United States (New York, Buffalo, Las Vegas), Germany and Switzerland. He now teaches at a dance sleepaway camp in New Hampshire. IRA (inter rhythm arts)
In addition to writing and producing music, Wiz Kilo is a dancer and a hip hop instructor for youth including at the American Dance Training Camp and "Enfant et Compagnie". He has appeared on an episode of Date My Playlist on MTV. He also does modeling, advertising (Foot Locker, BandAid and Tourisme Québec) and is a member of the Canadian Actors Association (ACTRA).
Albums / EPs
|Title and details||Notes|
|Wiz Kilo EP
- featured in
- 2011: "American Dream" (Hijackman & Vitorio Ian feat. Wiz Kilo)
- CBC Radio 3 Wiz Kilo page
- "LastFM biography on Wiz Kilo". Last.fm. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
- ISC: List of semi-finalists[dead link]
- Festival d'Orient in Montreal 2010: Performance page of Wiz Kilo during the festival
- Phoenicia Montreal reporting on Wiz Kilo performance plus photo at Festival d'Orient in Montreal (in Arabic)
- "American Dance Tarining Camp: Wiz Kilo page as celebrity instructor". Americandancetrainingcamp.com. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
- "Wiz Kilo appearing on MTV's Date My Playlist". Youtube.com. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
- "Wiz Kilo acting compilation on YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
- "WIZ KILO - STÜSH 2NITE - Official Music Video". YouTube. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
- "Wiz Kilo - Delete - Official Music Video". YouTube. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2014-01-21.