Amp Live brings together the electronic, reggae and hip hop worlds with a technical and classical sensibility.
Born in Texas, Amp Live relocated to California in the mid-1990s where he formed Zion I with Zumbi (fka MC Zion). The group would be deeply influential to the underground hip hop and DIY scenes, playing shows and releasing cult-celebrated tapes, 12” singles and albums. With rich musicality, the Oakland-based duo would be championed in hip hop circles, as well as embraced by EDM fans long before the term existed. In 2015, Amp stepped away to pursue new endeavors and began releasing solo side efforts in 2015. His first solo EP, Headphone Concerto fused traditional classical music, with cutting edge electronic production.
In addition to a steadfast solo career and lengthy tenure with Zion I, Amp recently released the Divine Delay EP, co-founded Unified Highway with Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany and released Gate 13, his first album with Del the Funky Homosapien. He landed a song placement in the Survios game Electronauts, where players could remix his track live in a virtual reality world. He has also produced music for artists including Linkin Park, Bassnectar, Akon, Collie Buddz, The Submarines, MGMT, Goapele, and Atmosphere, as well as an officially authorized Radiohead In Rainbows remix album.
This year at Loop, Amp Live will lead a workshop hosted by Melodics, in which participants experience group performance as an electronic ensemble.