As a young kid growing up in San Jose, Chris Manak soon realized he needed an escape from the realities of suburban life in the Silicon Valley. The age of nine was his coming of age. This was the year he discovered sports (Pittsburgh Pirates), video games (Pac man), girls (Anita Balderama), and hip hop ("Rappers Delight"). Alongside partner Sweet Steve, young Chris fashioned primitive mix-tapes (using the pause button) and ran amok at the local roller rink.
Clipse is a critically acclaimed hip hop duo that formed in Norfolk, Virginia in 1992. The duo is made up of brothers Gene "Malice" Thornton and Terrence "Pusha T" Thornton, who is also currently signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music label. They met Pharrell, of the producing duo, The Neptunes, in 1993, he formed a working relationship with the duo and helped them secure a contract with Elektra Records.
Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Choir Of Young Believers is one of the brightest things to come out of Scandinavia this decade. Fronted by the 26 year old Danish, Greek and Indonesian singer, songwriter and guitarist Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, this band has been turning heads all over the world, since the domestic release of their debut album “This Is For The White In Your Eyes” in September 2008, which won them a substantial number of awards.
At the age of 17 Faith SFX has undergone an unbelievable emergence into the UK urban music industry. Faith grew up in NW5 of London and started beatboxing in 2003 while in his final years at William Ellis School Highgate. Like a duck that takes to water Faith quickly established that he had a natural ability to replicate numerous sound effects, samples, beats and even vocals. his most notable performance to date was bbc's urban classic at the hackney empire.
Cult of Luna are a Swedish Sludge/Post-Metal band formed in 1998 in Umeå, Sweden by guitarist/vocalist Johannes Persson and vocalist Klas Rydberg. After some member hunting and rehearsals CoL had its first line-up consisting of: Klas Rydberg, Johannes Persson, Magnus Lindberg, Erik Olofsson and Fredrik Renstrom. After a short period of time, Fredrik had to leave due to some personal difficulties.