|Birth name||Cristopher Clayton|
|Origin||Maryland, Baltimore, United States|
|Genres||House, hip hop, broken beat|
|Occupation(s)||DJ, record producer|
|Labels||Atjazz Record Company, Back Corner, Basement Boys Records, BBE, Compost Records, Defected Records, GoGo Music, Kohesive, Nervous, Objektivity, Quantized Recordings, Raw Fusion, R2 Records, Sonar Kollectiv, Soul Heaven, Strictly Rhythm, Vega Records, Yoruba Records|
Karizma Real Name: Christopher Clayton (Born on March 28, 1970, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States) is an American electronic musician, DJ and record producer, known for his wide variety of music production in deep house, deep techno, hip hop, jazz, and broken beat .
Karizma grew up in Baltimore, United States, and he began to DJ for fashion shows and college parties at age of 13.
Around the same time, Karizma met DJ Spen, and together with him, worked on a radio show at V103,the same station that he held a very popular weekend mix show with unruly records co-founders,Scottie B and Shawn Caesar.
Karizma and DJ Spen worked on a music production project with a record label, Jasper Street Company, and joined the house-music production group the Basement Boys, and worked on remixes for musicians such as Mary J. Blige, Bob Sinclar, and Lenny Kravitz.
In October 1999, Karizma released his first solo work, "The Power E.P." from Black Vinyl Records, while he belong to the Basement Boys.
In 2006, Karizma distributed his unreleased track, "Twyst this" to a few contacts including Gilles Peterson. Gilles Peterson introduced it on his radio program, Worldwide on BBC Radio 1, and this track got chart in on top 14 in spite of it being on a white label record.
Albums and solo career
In 2007, Karizma released a solo album, "A Mind of Its Own" on R2 Records, and made his official debut.
Karizma was voted as Best DJ's of 2007 in the XLR8R magazine.
In 2011, he produced a mix for FACT magazine, which lauded him as "one of the world's premiere house producers for well over a decade now".
In 2012, Karizma released a triple pack LP, "Karizma Collection 1999–2012", 500 copy limited editions including his classic songs, "Twysted" and "Power", individually hand sprayed each of the album sleeves.
In 2013, Karizma's third solo album, a double pack LP/ CD (digital), "Karizma Wall of Sound" was released from R2 Records on September 2, 2013 worldwide, featuring collaborations with Osunlade (Yoruba Records), Rokaz (Neil Pierce & Ziggy Funk), and a UK star, Sean McCabe.
In 2014, Karizma has spent a few good months working on his collaboration projects with Osunlade, Atjazz and Deetron to name a few. Karizma's DJ performance as a former Basement Boys during Jasper St. Co. reunion live show during the Southport Weekender 50 and Camelot has also made fresh news in the industry.
In August 2014, Karizma entered "Hall of Fame" by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1.
- Kris Klayton
- DJ Karizma
- Karizma Ltd.
- Deepah Ones (DJ Spen)
- Izmabad (Simbad)
- Exist (Atjazz)
- A Mind of Its Own, 2007
- A Mind of Its Own V2.0 – The Upgrade, 2009
- Wall of Sound, 2013
- Kaytronik Thee Album, 2016
Singles & EPs
- Scottie B & Karizma – Feel The Power, 1995
- Karizma – Kristical, 1996
- Sticky People / Karizma – Kong / Mamakossa, 1998
- Karizma – The Power EP, 1999
- Karizma – Shades Of "K" EP, 2000
- Karizma – Strings Emotional EP, 2004
- Karizma – Ride E.P., 2004
- Tedd Patterson Presents Blackbone / Karizma / Groove Assassins & DJ Raw –Re:Cuts Volume 4 Black Vinyl Deep, 2004
- Karizma – The Return Of The K-Man EP, 2005
- Karizma – In Tha D.ee.p, 2005
- Karizma / David Harness – Music / Say Yes, 2005
- Ferrer & Karizma Ltd. – The Cube, 2006
- Karizma – Kaytonik EP, 2006
- Karizma – The Damn Thing / Tech This Out Pt. 2, 2007
- Karizma – Groove A 'K' Ordingly, 2008
- Karizma – Necessary Maddness / Drumz Nightmare, 2009
- Karizma featuring Monique Bingham – Good Morning, 2010
- Karizma – The Power Remixes EP, 2012
- Karizma – Collection 1999–2011, 2012
- Karizma – Komplements EP, 2014
- Karizma featuring Osunlade - Hear And Now, 2014
- Karizma – Beats & Bobs vol 1 & 2, 2014
- Karizma – Beats & Bobs Vol. FR33, 2015
- Beats & Bobs Record Store Day Edition 10, 2015
- Beats & Bobs vol 5, 2015
- Beats & Bobs vol 6, 2016
- Karizma – The Power EP re-issue, 2017
- Karizma -Beats & Bobs Vol 7
- Karizma - Tech this out Re Release
DJ mix compilations
- Karizma – Coast 2 Coast, 2007
- Kenny Dope* & Karizma – Soul Heaven Presents Kenny Dope & Karizma, 2007
- Karizma / Eddie Thoneick – Strictly Miami, 2010
- The Basement Boys
- Karizma on Discogs
- About KARIZMA Official Website
- Karizma – The Power E.P.
- Clubberia Artist Profile KARIZMA
- Karizma on Discogs
- Karizma voted Best Dj of 2007
- Best of Baltimore 2010
- "FACT MIX 286: KARIZMA". FACT. September 26, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
- Karizma – Collection 1999–2011
- Wall of Sound Page on Kaytronik.com
- Southport Weekender Camelo
- KARIZMA ENTERS PETE TONG’S HALL OF FAME ON BBC RADIO 1!