Blending melodic, organic pop sensibility with rock and hip hop flair, the rapper/singer (born Patrick James) and his namesake live band (including wizkid guitarist Mike Alves) have been rapidly winning over listeners across the world as well as gaining a cult-like following in their native New England.
Klokwize's debut retail release 'The Klokwize EP', a 5-track recorded in summer 2010, landed on iTunes and all national outlets in March 2011, quickly finding an audience with its hit singles 'Dayz Between the Hours' and 'Happy Camper'. The EP drew considerable critical acclaim and successful sales in 5 countries, including Austria, Denmark and the United Kingdom. Groundbreaking film-quality music videos were shot for each single and sent shockwaves through the indie music scene with their clear artistic concepts, unique wardrobe and Klok's boyish good looks.
Following 2 years of touring and writing in support of 'The Klokwize EP', esteemed musicians like Ray Morant, Joe Palmer and Angela Luna gathered with Klok to create and record the debut KLOKWIZE retail full-length, 'Hood Hippie: The Album.'
Released in May 2012, 'Hood Hippie: The Album' quickly met with critical acclaim, indie buzz and strong sales. RapReviews.com hailed its sound as 'A Tribe Called Quest meets Sublime meets Shwayze, led by a gravelly voiced emcee' while SUPA Reviews noted its 'introspective storytelling.' Fresh Ent Mag hailed, 'the best way to say this is that Klokwize and the band will be stars.' Two singles from the album hit national radio in June, and by August 2012 Klokwize was officially named one of the Top 5 Hip-Hop Acts in CT by The Advocate readers' vote. In September 2012 sports televison network ESPN officially named Klokwize their Featured Artist of September next to music stars Nelly Furtado and Public Enemy, featuring 'On My Way' and 'Round & Round' heavily in programming. Soon after Klok landed a nomination for 'Best Hip Hop' at the 2012 Connecticut Music Awards.
The organic success of this 23-year old Hartford, CT native and 'Hood Hippie: The Album' is a clear statement of where music can go when an artist is fearlessly honest and artistically brave. From the lounge-swing of 'Eye On You' to bouncing guitars of 'Boogeyman Blues, 'Hood Hippie The Album' is everything fans are searching for in today's uncertain musical climate: authenticity and universal appeal.