Sled Island | Workshop w Natasha Kmeto and Q&A w Killer Mike

Thursday June 19th at Beat Drop at 2pm. We are very pleased to be hosting the next edition of our Artist Series during Sled Island this year. On Thursday June 19th Killer Mike will be at Beat Drop @ 2pm speaking with Drew Atlas about his career, past, present and future. This is going to be an intimate indepth look into one of today's most unique and intersting Emcees. Make sure to highlight this on your Sled Sched.

In the mid-90s, Killer Mike briefly attended Morehouse College, where he met producers The Beat Bullies and eventually Big Boi of OutKast. His music debut was a feature appearance on OutKast's "Snappin' & Trappin'" from the 2000 album Stankonia, followed by their 2001 single "The Whole World" and several other features including "Poppin' Tags" from Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2.

Killer Mike released his debut album, Monster, in 2003. The album's lead single was "Akshon (Yeah!)", which featured OutKast on guest vocals, and was included on the soundtrack to the 2004 version of EA Sports popular video game Madden NFL. He even made a Madden '04 remix of "Akshon (Yeah!)" for the game. The album's second single was "A.D.I.D.A.S.", featuring Big Boi and Sleepy Brown, which peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is Killer Mike's highest charting single to date as a lead artist. The song's title was an acronym for "All day I dream about sex". Following the release of his own material, he appeared on "Flip Flop Rock" and "Bust" on the Speakerboxx half of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. He also appeared on "Southern Takeover" with Pastor Troy on Chamillionaire's CD The Sound of Revenge. Killer Mike appeared on the song "Never Scared" by fellow rapper Bone Crusher, also with T.I., from AttenCHUN! It peaked at #26 on the Hot 100, becoming Mike's second top 40 hit("The Whole World" being the first). The song was also used on the Madden NFL 04 game and even by the Atlanta Braves for their 2003 season. His second album Ghetto Extraordinary has had its release date pushed back several times due to disputes between Big Boi and Sony Records.[2]

Killer Mike has also performed as a voice actor. He played a rapper/actor, turned President of the United States, named Taqu'il in the Adult Swim cartoon Frisky Dingo. According to an article published in the June 2007 issue of XXL, Killer Mike addressed why he left the Purple Ribbon roster. He stated that he felt as if Purple Ribbon was the equivalent to the "Clippers," while he wanted to join the "Lakers."[citation needed]

Days after T.I. addressed the rumor and confirmed that he and Killer Mike had been in talks about bringing Mike to his Grand Hustle imprint on Atlantic, Killer Mike confirmed to that he signed.[3]

In 2012, Killer Mike formed an association with rapper/producer El-P, who produced Mike's album R.A.P. Music. That same year, he guested on El-P's album Cancer 4 Cure. In 2013, they formed the duo Run the Jewels and released a free album of the same name on June 26.

We're very excited to be hosting Natasha Kmeto @ Beat Drop on June 19th for Sled Island. Hosted by Bass Coast Project & What Will the Neighbours Think? 90.9 FM CJSW own Paul Joseph B. Brooks, Natasha will be going over the Vocal Processing Techniques and methods she uses in her Ableton Live sets, as well as answering some questions about her career and performing at Sled Island & Bass Coast this year.

Natasha Kmeto is a Portland-based singer and electronic producer who turns heads everywhere she goes. Armed with a taut dancefloor sensibility and a flutteringly sensuous voice, she exudes the kind of confidence that can only come from a staunch commitment to her craft. Her tracks, which she composes, produces, and performs entirely by herself, straddle the line between dance, pop, and RnB, making rhythmically intriguing compositions that slide effortlessly into the ear and send shivers down the spine. Her energy, talent, and realization of the intricate coalesce into a truly visceral live show, moving both to the partygoer and the thinking person alike. Wherever her music goes, heavy breathing will follow.

Born into a musical family in California, Natasha began to develop her talents as an artist from a young age. It wasn’t until almost two decades later, on the verge of becoming a career session musician, that she took the wheel and broke out in a direction that truly inspired her. Her artistic growth has vastly accelerated since her arrival in Portland and alliance with hometown crew Dropping Gems, and she shows no sign of slowing down. The string of releases since this period showcase Natasha in her most self-realized form, dealing in matters of love, independence, and a re-affirmed outlook on life. She released her sophomore LP Crisis 6/18/13 on Dropping Gems to praise from many tastemakers including NPR, Pitchfork, Fader and Spin. Her upcoming album, Inevitable, is slated to be released late 2014 on rising label Federal Prism helmed by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio.

Natasha’s long list of notable and acclaimed live performances includes gigs at Coachella, Bumbershoot, MusicfestNW, Symbiosis, SXSW, Low End Theory, and Decibel Festival. She has shared the stage with a number of talented artists including Fourtet, Squarepusher, Flying Lotus, Emancipator, Kid Cudi, Flume, Gold Panda, Dam Funk, Kode 9 and Shlohmo. Her radio experience includes live performances on Boiler Room and KEXP, and her tracks have been played by numerous tastemaking DJs including the legendary Mary Ann Hobbes.

Mitch Lee