Karizma Real Name: Kris Klayton is an award winning International DJ and electronic music producer/artist from Baltimore, MD, USA, known for his wide genre of music production in deep house, deep techno, hip hop, jazz and broken beats, and his ability to master Pioneer Corporation’s CDJ-2000 and DJM 2000 being sponsored by Pioneer Pro DJ Japan in 2010. Karizma also toured the APAC Region in May 2016 in celebration of his first album as Kaytronik supported by Pioneer DJ showcasing their new and ultimate products of CDJ 2000 NXS2 and DJM 900 NDX2.
Karizma（カリズマ、本名：クリス・クレイトン(Kris Klayton)）は、幾つかの受賞歴を持ち、国際的に活躍している、ダンスミュージックアーティスト、音楽プロデューサー、そして、DJであり、ハウス、テクノ、ヒップホップ、ジャズ、ラテン、アフロ、ブロークン・ビーツなど、あらゆるジャンルを横断するプレイ・スタイル、そして、パイオニアメーカーのDJミキサーを駆使した旗手として知られ、2010年にはPioneer Pro DJからジャパン・ツアーのスポンサーを受理した経歴がある。また、2016年5月にはKaytronik Thee Album APAC Tour 2016 Supported by Pioneer DJと題し、Kaytronik名義での初アルバムのプロモーションと、Pioneer DJの最新にして究極のマルチプレイヤー、CDJ-2000NXS2とDJ ミキサー、DJM-900NXS2のリリースを記念して開催された。
Karizma has been very active in events and projects worldwide especially since his solo career started in 2006. He has appeared for In Store DJ Shows at BM SOHO in London and Puma store in Tokyo, Japan to name a few. He has also appeared in online streaming radio shows such as Boiler Room in London as well as Dommune in Tokyo, Japan.
Karizma is known as a great remixer. When Karizma touches on a track, he adds in his own unique style making it sound different from the original, and yet deeper and remarkable. Karizma contributed for artists such as DJ Spen, Osunalde, Atjazz, Deetron, DJ Spinna, Blaq Soul, Sy Sez, Dennis Ferrer etc., as well as turning classics into modern dance fever.More
Karizma worked on music production projects for Jasper Street Company and the Basement Boys. Karizma started his solo career in 2006 with “a mind of its own” release on R2 Records. In 2012, Karizma released “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, “Karizma Wall of Sound” released featuring collaborations with Osunlade (Yoruba Records), and was immediately ranked in as Top 1, and kept its Top 10 status for the following 6 months making another record in sale. In 2015, Karizma has started releasing a series of “Beats & Bobs” from R2 Records receiving amazing feedback by awarded producer such as Louie Vega. In 2016 March, Karizma as Kaytronik released his first full length album, “Thee Album” on R2 Records.More
Karizma began to DJ for fashion shows and college parties at age of 13 and turned this into a successful profession. Karizma was voted as Best DJ’s of 2007 in the XLR8R magazine. 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 covering all continents visiting 35+ countries. Karizma’s mastered skills on the Pioneer CDJ and DJM were acknowledged and was sponsored by Puma Japan in 2007 and Pioneer DJ Japan in 2010. Karizma also entered “Pete Tong’s Hall of Fame” on BBC Radio 1 in 2014. 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. In Oct 2015, Karizma was also featured on the New Yorker magazine honoring his effort keeping in touch with his Baltimore roots. In 2016 May, in celebration of Karizma’s new full length album “Thee Album”, KAYTRONIK will tour APAC Region in support of Pioneer DJ’s new two flagship models,CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2.More
“Karizma is, perhaps, a more thoughtful music-maker than most on his scene. Plans are drawn-up and productions are created “off the cuff,” and yet there is deep thinking behind them and Karizma-tic reason. “I won’t produce just for sales or a trend” he asserts. “I need emotional content whether I’m playing out or producing; everything needs a genuine reason behind it, even a re-edit. I draw a lot of feeling from what I’m experiencing at that time; I’ll be like ‘I’m feeling good today about such and such a thing, so this is how I’m gonna roll….’”
“When he’s producing music, Klayton uses a number of aliases. As Kaytronik, he turns out records that are a bit darker, with menacing electronic tones; as K2, he creates buoyant reëdits of R. & B. songs. But as a d.j. he brings all of these characters into the booth with him.”
「クレイトンは、音楽制作に取り組む際、複数の名前を使い分けている。Kaytronikの名義ではエレクトロ音楽を基調とした少しダークな楽曲を、K2の名義ではR&Bの軽快なアレンジ曲を制作する。しかし、彼はDJとしてブースに入るとそういった特徴全てをKarizmaとして発揮する。」The New Yorker
“Can’t remember the last time I heard a DJ other than Karizma that lifted my soul and made me dance since Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles!”
「Ron HardyやFrankie Knuckles以来、魂を向上させ、踊りの世界にのめりこめたのはKarizmaしか思いつかないよ。」Derrick May
Artist: Hugo LX
Title: Beats & Bobs Vol.6
Label: R2 Records
Genre: House / Deep House
Release Date 1/7/16
Karizma’s series of raw beats and basement edits is back with a new addition to the Beats & Bobs family.
Having worked in the Hip-Hop field for years, (including collaborations with Large Professor and Diamon D) Hugo LX has returned to his deep house roots guided by Parisian house activist Nick V.
Hugo released his “Low Altitude” 12” on Chez Damier’s Courtesy Of Balance label earlier this year and now we’re very happy to announce he’s provided two incredible deep house tracks for R2.
“Yūgen (Part.1 First Days)” bounces with fresh and crisp beats while the baseline grounds it firmly in deep territory, sounding like early Karizma and Roy Davis Jr’s future baby. “Ascent (The Fifth)” has got that irresistible groove thing going, deep and lovely.
1. Yūgen (Part.1 First Days)
2. Ascent (The Fifth)
Read amazing review at Renight.com
1 July 2016
Karizma’s “Beats & Bobs” series of raw beats and basement edits continues with the first guest appearance from the UK’s one and only Atjazz.
Atjazz needs no introduction having provided us with exceptional productions since the mid nineties, this time flipping two jazz classics into modern dance floor killers.
Karizma’s “Beats & Bobs” series of raw beats and basement edits continues with a vinyl only edition for Record Store Day 2015.
First up Karizma reworks “Nuffin Else” into a soulful, melodic and heartfelt House cut, transporting you to a beautifully emotive place and time. Just kick back and let the feeling cloak you in the glow.
On the flip Karizma gets back to the dirt, running a rude boy groove that builds and recedes, teasing the dance floor into delirium. Straight heat!
These tracks will only be available on this 10”. Limited to 500.
BEATS & BOBS – RECORD STORE DAY EDITION
1. NUFFIN ELSE (NELLIE’S ANNOINTED DUB)
2. GET DEEP
Melodic and heartfelt, with lush pianos and life-affirming male vocals ‘Nuffin Else’ is set to be a soulful house classic. Read mix mag’s excellent review here.
The third installment of Karizma’s “Beats & Bobs” series of raw beats and basement edits continues with a special free edition!!!
Beats & Bobs Vol. FR33 is a gift to his fans and supporters on his birthday and contains 3 more heavy hitters to keep any dance floor shaking.
“Kno Honey” is a straight up pulsating electronic exploration of nasty groove weaving layers of sonics through the clicks, booms and snaps of a signature Karizma beat.
“La La Break” takes a familiar melodious vocal refrain and laces it with a teasing rugged percussive thump – the sweet and the heat in perfect balance.
Finally, “The Jerk” sees Karizma return to soulful jazzy club stomper territory with this devastating Hammond work-out over the customary irresistible Karizma house groove.
Released 28 March 2015
Produced by Karizma
Karizma’s “Beats & Bobs” series of raw beats and basement edits continues with 2 more killah kuts from the Karizma vaults.
“Klearkut” has the trademark steady yet infectious build up of groove that Karizma works so well, overlaid with multi-textured percussive and melodic stabs and flows. Part house, electronic, afro, tech – it’s essentially impossible to categorize.
“Earth These Beats” sees Karizma return to beat-workout-tool territory with this 10 minute exploration of the many ways to flip a beat. Hypnotic bliss.
Available at all good digital platforms from 27th October 2014.
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“Beats & Bobs” is a new series of raw beats and basement edits from the Karizma vaults. Road tested and used to destroy the world’s dance floors by Karizma as exclusives, he’s finally ready to set them free for all those that have asked, “where can I get that???”
Volume 1 kicks off the series with “Bounce B*” an explosive bouncing groove built to dispel all negative forces and ill vibes.
“Tech This Out” (Kaytronik Dub) sees Karizma revisit this classic to provide a teched out dub workout – to devastating effect.
Finally, “K to the P” has Karizma delving into the Hip-Hop Mash-Up crate to round off Vol.1 nicely. Get your copy today!
Taking a particular shine to Nobody Cares, the Baltimore scene stalwart takes the track down a level by swirling in a soulful and deep vibe, which you'll know Karizma does with expertise if you've ever heard 'Mind Of Its Own' track Tha D. Keeping the vocal sample intact and fluffing it up with fanfare, this is prime emotional house material ripe for hazy evenings (or shamefully early mornings).Read More
Fox Tooth was one of the BIG releases of 2015 on Local Talk. If you haven’t heard it you probably don’t remember 2015 at all, perhaps you thought we went into hiding or just went away for a year. All we did was playing Fox Tooth. Now, a year later we’re proud to present the Fox Tooth Remixes. Karizma aka Kaytronik gets straight to the point, strips down the original and tensely builds the track slowly, keeping the groove on the bone. On the flip, Peacy offers a remix with all the elements of the original, sprinkle a few of his one in a stunning new combination, it sure impresses.Read More
Melodic and heartfelt, with lush pianos and life-affirming male vocals 'Nuffin Else' is set to be a soulful house classic. We thoroughly expect the likes of Kerri Chandler and Masters At Work to be dropping this at the last ever Southport Weekender this May. This is a limited edition release – only 500 copies are set to be pressed, so DJs need to be quick. For the rest of you there's no reason you should be denied a track this special. We've secured an exclusive premiere so make sure catch this one while it's still hot.Read More
CHECK OUT "Yes" (Spen & Karizma Mix) in DJ Spen's hottest album release, "Transition" on Quantize RecordingsRead More
90% percent of the remixes on the vinyl edition of Sound Beyond The Stars were never issued on vinyl until this release. Get them preorders poppin'! The Power (DJ Spinna Acid Row Mix) included!Read More
Kaytronik aka Karizma opens the EP with his Rub of "Yes You Can". Frankly speaking, from the very beginning of the project we were expecting something special from the Baltimore-based house guru, but the final result surpassed it all for us - what you're about to hear is a very soulful and deep dance number but with power and grit to shake large festival dance floors! Get ready!Read More
Karizma slips into his Kaytronik mode on the Hydro Mix to provide a full electronic workout, complete with signature rugged beats and funked-up groove that will burn a hole in any dance-floor. The Hydromental Mix is also included for those that want to keep riding that groove.Read More
On the B side we have enlisted the legendary Karizma for the remix duties. K has taken a different twist on the track bring that classic Baltimore funk. Things get a little grittier with chunkier beats, beefier bass and and a funked up keyboard line. He has kept elements of the original but givenit that Karizma twist. What you have are two diverse mixes that should find their way into a diverse mix of DJ’s play lists.Read More
The long awaited release of these new Blaq Soul's "Vision" remixes finally sees the light. After the original mix was included on "Lars Behrenroth presents Various Shades Vol.2" and the recent "5 Years Deeper Shades Recordings" compilation, these two remixes by Blaq Soul himself and beat master Karizma are making this release a strong contender for the biggest dancefloor explosion the beginning of this new year will witness. Karizma's remix shows off his trademark - BEATS FOR DAYS! The Eyecee Dubba builds and builds and builds and will mesmerize every dancer on the floor! Blaq Soul's remix strips his own original to the core and kicks up the energy with heavy beat accents and a bassline filling the room with low frequencies.Read More
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