Karizma (musician)

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Background information
Birth name Kris Klayton
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
Website kaytronik.com

Karizma Real Name: Kris Klayton (Born on March 28, 1970, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States) is an American electronic musician and DJ known for his wide variety of music production in deep house, deep techno, hip hop, jazz, and broken beat,[1] and his mastery of Pioneer Corporation's CDJ-2000 and DJM 2000 being sponsored by Pioneer Pro DJ Japan in 2010.[2] In 2014 August, Karizma entered "Hall of Fame" by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1.[3]

Early career[edit]

Karizma grew up in Baltimore, United States, and he began to DJ for fashion shows and college parties at age of 13. In early 1980, Karizma landed a radio show with a non-profit National Public Radio station, WEAA, and his early style was a mix of house music and hip hop. 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.[4]

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.[5]

Albums and solo career[edit]

In 2007, Karizma released a solo album, "A Mind of Its Own" on R2 Records, and made his official debut.[6] Karizma was voted as Best DJ's of 2007 in the XLR8R magazine.[7] In 2010, Karizma was nominated as the "Best Hometown Hero" on his home town, Baltimore city newspaper for his solo career progression traveling around the globe.[8] 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".[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] In 2014 August, Karizma entered "Hall of Fame" by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1.[13] Karizma was also awarded as the “Maryland Master” in 2015 from the Maryland State Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program for Baltimore Club Music – song craft and performance technique.[14] In Oct 2015, Karizma was also featured on the New Yorker magazine honoring his effort keeping in touch with his Baltimore roots.[15] In 2016, Karizma will be releasing his first album as Kaytronik on R2 Records.[16]

Selected tours sponsored by corporations[edit]

  • PUMA STORE presents KARIZMA JAPAN TOUR '07[17]
  • Pioneer DJ presents KARIZMA JAPAN TOUR '10[18]


  • Kohesive
  • Kris Klayton
  • DJ Karizma
  • KaytroniK
  • K2
  • K-man
  • Kayorcan
  • Krystopher
  • Karizma Ltd.

Collaboration units:

  • Deepah Ones (DJ Spen)
  • Izmabad (Simbad)
  • Exist (Atjazz)

Selected discography[edit]


  • A Mind of Its Own, 2007
  • A Mind of Its Own V2.0 – The Upgrade, 2009
  • Wall of Sound, 2013

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • 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
  • The Damn Thing / Tech This Out Pt. 2, 2007
  • It's What I Am (Simbad Remix) / Groove A 'K' Ordingly, 2008
  • Necessary Maddness / Drumz Nightmare, 2009
  • Karizma Featuring Monique Bingham – Good Morning, 2010
  • The Power Remixes EP, 2012
  • Collection 1999–2011, 2012
  • Komplements EP, 2014
  • “Hear And Now” feat. Osunlade, 2014
  • Beats & Bobs vol 1 & 2, 2014

DJ mix compilations[edit]

  • Karizma – Coast 2 Coast, 2007
  • Kenny Dope* & Karizma – Soul Heaven Presents Kenny Dope & Karizma, 2007
  • Karizma / Eddie Thoneick – Strictly Miami, 2010

Related artists/Group[edit]