The Knocks

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The Knocks
The Knocks @ Concord, Chicago 11-1-2014 (15141779514).jpg
The Knocks performing in Chicago in 2014.
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Associated acts
  • Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner
  • James "Mr. JPatt" Patterson

The Knocks are an electronic music duo consisting of Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "JPatt" Patterson. They are known for their own releases on labels such as Kitsuné, Neon Gold, A&M Octone, and Interscope and for their remixes featured on HypeMachine, Beatport, and various DJs' set lists. They are also known for their single "Classic", featuring alternative pop duo POWERS, which was released in 2014. Their debut album, 55, is expected to be released on 4 March 2016.


The duo's name, "The Knocks", refers to the early days in their career when neighbors would knock on their door for playing music too loudly.[1][2] Before focusing on their own music and remixes, they were producing beats and remixes for the likes of Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Marina & the Diamonds, Flo-Rida,[2] Sky Ferreira, Theophilus London, Ellie Goulding, and others.

NME magazine named The Knocks as one of the "20 hottest producers in music" in 2010, and the group was featured frequently in NY Post's "Popwrap" the same year.[3][4][5]

2010-15: Magic, Comfortable and So Classic EPs[edit]

Their single "Make It Better", released in 2010 on Neon Gold Records,[6] was used in the US for a nationally televised Corona campaign.[7] Their 2010 single "Dancing with the DJ" was an instant online success.[citation needed] Philadelphia hip-hop band Chiddy Bang sampled The Knocks' "Blackout" for their single "Here We Go" (featuring Q-Tip) from their EP The Preview.[8] Chiddy Bang subsequently sampled The Knocks' "When You've Got Music" and "Dancing with the DJ" for their mixtape Peanut Butter and Swelly.[9] After the success of "Dancing With The DJ", their debut extended play, entitled Magic was released in 2011.

In 2012, their cover of "Midnight City" by M83 featuring vocals by Mandy Lee, had 10,000 downloads in its first week on the website SoundCloud.[10] In June, the duo took the number one spot on the website HypeMachine with the track "Learn to Fly", which reached 100,000 plays on SoundCloud within a week of its release.[citation needed] "Geronimo", a collaboration with French producer Fred Falke, was released on Kitsuné Records in July 2012.[11]

In 2013, another successful single, entitled "Modern Hearts", featuring pop sensation St. Lucia, was released which earned the group another number-one placing on HypeMachine and reached the 100,000 plays mark on SoundCloud in four days. Within the same year, another single, entitled "Comfortable", which featured vocals from X Ambassadors, was released, which was the made the lead single of their second extended play, also entitled "Comfortable", and that was released shortly afterwards.[citation needed]

In 2014, The Knocks released a single on Neon Gold Records/Big Beat Records, "Classic", featuring alt-pop duo POWERS.[12] An official video was released that paid homage to video game The Sims.[13][14] After it was released, they released a "Powers Sunset Version" which followed on shortly afterwards. This followed onto songs "Dancing With Myself", "Collect My Love", featuring Alex Newell, and "Time" being released in early 2015. These tracks mad up their third EP, entitled So Classic, which was released in April 2015.[15]

2015-present: 55[edit]

In November 2015, it was reported that The Knocks' debut album, titled 55, was to be released in January 2016, but was delayed to a later date sometime within the early months of the year. 55 will feature collaborations with Fetty Wap, Cam'ron, Wyclef Jean, Carly Rae Jepsen, Matthew Koma, Magic Man, Alex Newell, POWERS, Phoebe Ryan, Justin Tranter, Walk the Moon, and X Ambassadors.

The single "Classic", released for their So Classic EP, was re-mastered and released as a 2015 version, adding new feature vocals from Fetty Wap along with POWERS, in August 2015. Afterwards, the duo went onto uploading a brand new music video for their collaboration with Alex Newell, entitled "Collect My Love" and was classed as the second re-release from their So Classic EP. The music video was eventually released in the same month as the re-master of "Classic". Both songs from the EP were considered to be a part of the new album at the time.

Two more singles from the album, "I Wish (My Taylor Swift)", with Matthew Koma, was released in September 2015. The trailer for their debut album was released on their YouTube channel shortly afterwards, teasing the release of their next single "New York City", featuring Cam'ron, which was released in December 2015.

Afterwards, in 2016, other projects also began to take place, such as their American "Route 55" Tour, which is starting on 15 January and ends on 13 February. Also, their first remix of the year was also released which was of Taylor Swift's single "Welcome To New York", taken from her album 1989. This was made the last bootleg of their "Summer Bootleg Series" which was released on SoundCloud. Remixes included Carly Rae Jepsen and her single "All That", and Skrillex & Diplo's collaborative single "Where Are Ü Now", featuring Justin Bieber.

Away from the announcements of such projects, before the release of their collaboration with Wyclef Jean, they announced further that the duo were made executive producers for Jean's 2016 album. Their first single of the year, entitled "Kiss The Sky", featuring vocals from Wyclef Jean, was released in January 2016. During the premiere of the track, it was reported afterwards that the release date for the debut album 55 was confirmed to be 4 March 2016. This was followed on by the track listings from the album being released with 2013 single "Comfortable", featuring X Ambassadors, which was released originally for their 2013 "Comfortable" EP, confirmed to also be on the album as a 2016 re-release. This was also among all tracks from the "So Classic" EP being confirmed as songs on the album.

During their tour in late January, the duo were interviewed by The Daily Nebraskan, stating news about the album 55. B-Roc, who makes up one half of the duo, stated, "I think the new album is similar to our “So Classic” EP. That’s a good representation of what the album will be like." He also added that, "We didn’t get to meet Fetty Wap, but Carly Rae was cool. Every artist we featured we previously had worked with or knew someone who knew them. The label didn’t put them on our record; we wanted them on there."[16]


The band have actively encouraged fans to set up after-parties following their shows where they DJ. Typically these are at colleges, dorms, late night spots or anywhere available.

The Knocks' first US tour was opening for Ellie Goulding. Supporting Dragonette's American/Canadian tour in 2012, they also played alongside Diplo, Justice, Boys Noize, and Knife Party on the Holy Ship!.[11] During 2013, The Knocks began touring with Alex Clare[17][18][19] and commenced a college tour with Grouplove.[20][21]

They have done very limited touring in Europe.[citation needed] However, they have a significant and eager fan base in the continent (especially within The Netherlands) that are anxiously awaiting a new tour.[citation needed]

The Knocks have shared the stage with artists such as Deadmau5, Skrillex, Big Boi, M.I.A., Sleigh Bells, Tiesto, Martin Solveig, Weezer, Die Antwoord, Two Door Cinema Club, and Calvin Harris.[22][23][24][25][26]

The band is on the line-up to play the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee in June 2016.[27]


Ahead of Daft Punk's 2013 album release Random Access Memories, the band were accused of unmasking Daft Punk with photos of the band playing beer-pong with champagne glasses in Columbia Records' offices.[28] The band responded that they did not take the photos, which were in fact a re-post from another user, and furthermore many pictures of Daft Punk without masks freely and openly exist.



Title Album details Track Listings


  • Magic (2011)
  • Comfortable (2013)
  • So Classic (2015)


  • "Blackout" (2010)
  • "Make It Better" (2010)
  • "Dancing with the DJ" (2010)
  • "Brightside" (2011)
  • "Geronimo" (2012)
  • "The Feeling" (2012)
  • "Comfortable" (2013) (ft. X Ambassadors)
  • "Modern Hearts" (2013) (ft. St. Lucia)
  • "DWYT" (2014) (with Treasure Fingers)
  • "Classic" (2014) (ft. POWERS)
  • "Collect My Love" (2015) (ft. Alex Newell)
  • "Time" (2015)
  • "Classic" (2015) (ft. Fetty Wap & POWERS)
  • "I Wish (My Taylor Swift)" (2015) (with Matthew Koma)
  • "New York City" (2015) (ft. Cam'ron)
  • "Kiss The Sky" (2016) (ft. Wyclef Jean)



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