12th Planet (musician)
12th Planet performing in February 2011 at club EPR in San Francisco, California
|Born||1982 (age 32–33)|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Genres||Dubstep, jungle/drum and bass (as Infiltrata), trap |
|Years active||2006 - Present|
Born John Christopher Dadzie, he grew up in South Los Angeles, the youngest of four children. He was first introduced to the electronic music scene in high school. After forming Imperial Recordings with DJ Lith, he launched his production skills on his own terms, originally producing drum and bass under the alias Infiltrata. In 2006, he decided that he was going to make dubstep. It was then that his new alias 12th Planet was created, in reference to Zecharia Sitchin's book, 12th Planet. All production under the name 12th Planet is original. As one of the first individuals to bring the dubstep culture to America (in one of the USA’s electronic meccas, Los Angeles) 12th Planet has frequently been cited as the American Dubstep King.
12th Planet works frequently with Orange County producer Flinch and LA Local Skrillex (on tracks "Needed Change" And "Burst" Along with Kill The Noise). He has also done collaborations with various dubstep producers including Datsik, Doctor P, Plastician, and Skream. Many well-known dubstep DJs (such as Rusko, Skream, Skrillex and more) use 12th Planet's productions and remixes in their live DJ sets.
As a DJ, 12th Planet has toured globally in London, Sydney, Auckland, and across the US. He has also played at many American dance festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival, Together As One, SXSW, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Ultra Music Festival, Nocturnal, and Beyond Wonderland. He is represented by AM Only, one of the largest agencies in the electronic music industry.
In 2007, 12th Planet helped in the re-launch and re-branding of SMOG Records, which was previously an event production company, and has since been its head. In 2009, 12th Planet was listed as one of URB.com's "Next 100", and had a special feature in their 25 Now! supplemental issue. 2010 marked the release of his music video for "Reasons", presented by Scion A/V, which was premiered and cycled on MTV 2. Diplo’s label Mad Decent included 12th Planet’s remix of Little Jinder's "Youth Blood" on their dubstep compilation "Blow Your Head", released in November. 12th Planet has also been described by Skrillex as Skrillex's Mentor at a show at Ultra Music
Singles / EPs
- 2008 RedVolume - 28 Hours Later EP
- 2008 SMOG 001 - Smokescreen EP
- 2008 SMOG 002 - Ptera Patrick EP
- 2008 BASSHEAD 001 - Control EP (with Emu)
- 2008 SMOG 004 - 68 / Be Blatant EP
- 2008 Subconscious Recordings - Spliff Politics EP
- 2008 Argon - Element 16 (Sulfur) EP
- 2008 Noppa Recordings - Tonka EP
- 2009 10 Bag Records - C-Sick / Are Ya Feelin EP (with Emu)
- 2009 SMOG 005 - Texx Mars EP (with Datsik)
- 2010 Dubsteppers for Haiti Volume 3
- 2010 SMOG Scion CD Sampler V.30
- 2010 Bullet Train Records - Reasons EP
- 2011 SMOG 007 - Westside Dub (with Plastician)
- 2011 Dub Police - Purple & Gold (with Antiserum)
- 2011 SMOG 009 - Lootin 92 (with SPL)
- 2011 SMOG 011 - Who Are We?
- 2012 The End Is Near EP
- 2012 SMOG 023 - The End EP
- 2013 SMOG 027 - Whoops/Murdaaa single (with Mayhem) 
- 2013 SMOG 035 - Transitions EP (with Protohype)
- 2010 MISHKA Keep Watch Volume XXI 
- 2009 Grand Puba - Get It (12th Planet Remix) [Scion A/V]
- 2009 Dave Nada - Apocalypse Theme (12th Planet & Flinch Remix) [Tits & Acid]
- 2009 Little Jinder - Youth Blood (12th Planet & Flinch Remix) [Trouble & Bass]
- 2009 Ladybox - Cookies Fly (12th Planet & Flinch Remix) [Party Like Us]
- 2010 Villains - Victims (feat. Whiskey Pete) (12th Planet & Flinch Remix) [Dim Mak]
- 2010 Le Castle Vania - Nobody Gets Out Alive (12th Planet & Flinch Remix) [Always Never]
- 2010 Rusko - Hold On (feat. Amber Coffman) (12th Planet Remix) [Mad Decent]
- 2010 DJ Sneak - Southern Boy (12th Planet & Flinch Remix) [Scion A/V]
- 2010 Rye Rye - Sunshine (feat. M.I.A.) (12th Planet Remix) [Interscope]
- 2010 MSTRKRFT - Heartbreaker (12th Planet & Flinch Remix)
- 2011 Skrillex - All I Ask of You (feat. Penny) (12th Planet ft. Skrillex Remix)
- 2011 Echo Park - Fiber Optic (12th Planet & Flinch Remix)
- 2012 Foreign Beggars feat. Donae'o - Flying To Mars (12th Planet's Martian Trapstep Remix) [mau5trap]
- 2012 Dirtyphonics - DIRTY (12th Planet Remix) [Dim Mak]
- 2013 Felguk - Slice & Dice (12th Planet Remix)
- 2013 Pretty Lights - Go Down Sunshine (12th Planet Remix)
As featured artist
- 2010 Skrillex - "Needed Change" from the release Skrillex Presents Free Treats Volume 001.
- 2011 Skrillex - "Right On Time" (collaboration with Skrillex and Kill the Noise) from the EP Bangarang.
- 2011 Korn - "Way Too Far" (featured with Kill the Noise) from the album The Path of Totality.
- 2013 Protohype - "Like This" (collaboration with Protohype) from the EP Speak No Evil.
- Stolman, Elissa (September 13, 2013). "Hear 12th Planet's Genre-Jumping Trap Burner 'Paper'". spin.com. Buzz Media.
- Ohanesian, Liz (February 23, 2012). "12TH Planet is the Johnny Appleseed of Dubstep". laweekly.com. Los Angeles Times.
- "12th Planet interview in Big magazine". thebigupmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012.
- "12 Things About 12th Planet (and his new music video too!)". URB. 2010-10-19. Archived from the original on 3 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- "12th Planet Interview « Made You Look Radio". Madeyoulookradio.com. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2013-06-23. |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20120509113732/http://www.madeyoulookradio.com/12th-planet-interview |archivedate=9 May 2012
- "Friday June 25 & Saturday June 26th 2010". Electric Daisy Carnival. 2010-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- "Bassrush Arena New Year's Eve". Newyearsevela.com. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- "AM Only". AM Only.
- SMOG Records. "About: The SMOG Story". Retrieved on 16 May 2014.
- 11/9/10. "12th Planet & Juakali 'Reasons' | Video". MTV. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- "Beatport". Beatport. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- Beatport, LLC. "Whoops (feat. Pennybirdrabbit) / Murdaaa [SMOG] :: Beatport".
- Beatport, LLC. "Speak No Evil [Firepower Records] :: Beatport".
- 12th Planet discography at Discogs
- Infiltrata discography at Discogs
- 12th Planet interview with U:Move, October 06, 2011