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Kurtis Mantronik is universally considered to be one of the most iconic and inspirational DJ, producer, artist, writer, remixer and musician of our time and his music is still as relevant today to a new generation, as it is to his traditional fan base.


One of the most influential Hip Hop producers of the 1980's, Kurtis Mantronik returned in the mid-'90s with a solo career, fitting in well with the legion of big beat artists/producers he had inspired and spawned several hits that continued well into the noughties. In many ways, Kurtis Mantronik is the sonic godfather of much of what has gone on in Hip Hop in the last few years, such as the use of 808 drum sounds to create moody music meant to transcend the genre.


As the founder member and leader of ‘MANTRONIX’, Kurtis produced numerous Hip Hop and Electro Funk classics, including "Bassline”, "Ladies", "King of the Beats”, "Take Your Time”, “Simple Simon”, “Scream”, “Who Is It”, “Needle To The Groove”, “Fresh Is The Word” and “Got To Have Your Love”. Mantronix underwent several genre changes from its original, heavily synthesized old school Hip Hop and Electro-Funk to House music.


Kurtis Mantronik is a prolific songwriter. His copyrights have sold innumerable quantities. The group Liberty X covered Mantronix's "Got To Have Your Love". Liberty X’s version of "Got To Have Your Love" was released worldwide in September 2002 as the fourth single from their album and hit a peak of number two on the UK Singles Chart in its first week, falling just behind Atomic Kitten's "The Tide Is High (Get the Feeling)". It also charted at number four in Australia, number eight in Ireland and number ten in France. Kurtis’ copyrights have been sampled by various acts; "Needle To The Groove" was sampled by Beck in the single "Where It's At" from the 1996 album, “Odelay” ("…we've got two turntables and a microphone..."). "Fresh Is The Word" sampled by the Beastie Boys in the single "Jimmy James" from the 1992 album, “Check Your Head” ("…for all

the Blacks, Puerto Ricans, and the White people too...") The Beastie Boys later sampled "Bassline" for the song "3 the Hard Way" on their 2004 album “To the 5 Boroughs”. “How Did You Know” (originally by Chamonix) was covered by MYNT feat. Kim Sozzi in 2004. "How Did You Know" was a number three smash hit single on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart that stayed on the charts for months. The song also achieved crossover success on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


Kurtis was one of the pioneers and creative geniuses of drum machine-based Hip Hop, using his Roland 808 to produce ground-breaking hardcore Rap records for T La Rock and Just-Ice (cited as the start of Gangster Rap), at the same time he was making his mark on Electro, Freestyle and later, House. Kurtis produced one of freestyle’s most seminal tracks, in Joyce Sims’ “(You Are My) All And All”, as well as Joyce’s other international hit, “Come Into My Life”. “(You Are My) All And All” was the first song to feature (808) hi-hat triplets sequenced on a drum machine. Does that make Kurtis ‘King of the Beats’ Mantronik the true pioneer of the Trap genre? It also deserves a mention that T La Rock’s “Bass Machine” was pivotal to the development of another Southern-based club sound, Miami Bass.


As well as his own projects, Kurtis has produced, written and remixed tracks for numerous international acts (full list below), including; Kylie Minogue, Junior Senior, Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, Victoria Beckham, Michael Gray, Liberty X, Mim (the featured vocalist on Mantronik's 2003 EP release “How Did You Know”) and the global hit Kurtis Mantronik Presents Chamonix "How Did You Know (77 Strings)". Kurtis remixed classical composer Steve Reich's “Drumming” and was enlisted for two remixes of the title track of the Shirley Bassey remix album “Diamonds are Forever”. In addition to record production, Kurtis also produced music for the ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ and ‘TrickStyle’ video game series.

KURTIS MANTRONIK productions & collaborations include: 


ROBBIE WILLIAMS / RIHANNA / FATBOY SLIM / THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS / MIM / SHIRLEY BASSEY / DIDO / JOYCE SIMS / MADCON / PINK / KYLIE MINOGUE/ LUCIANA / TINIE TEMPAH / JUNIOR SENIOR / S CLUB / GOLDFRAPP / FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON / BOB SINCLAIR / MARY J. BLIGE / KELLY ROWLAND / SIMPLY RED / ATOMIC KITTEN / NSYNC / LISA SCOTT LEE / NU SHOOZ / MICHAEL GRAY / MICA PARIS / KORN / LIBERTY X / NOCERA / PAUL HAIG / VICTORIA BECKHAM / EMMA BUNTON / JOCELYN BROWN / EPMD / DURAN DURAN / JACKIE GRAHAM / STEVE REICH / CURTIS MAYFIELD & ICE T / BRIAN TRANSEAU (BT) / AXWELL HURTS / TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY / NATALIE APPLETON / ASWAD / LINDA CLIFFORD / ISAAC JAMES / JOHN PAUL GAULTIER / JUST ICE / T LA ROCK / CHAMONIX...

Mantronix - "Got To Have Your Love" (Live at 1990 Technics World DJ Championship)

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