Nu-disco production duo The Knocks combine retro synths and vintage beats with a modern pop sensibility to arrive at a sound that is both classic and cutting-edge. Their 2014 single "Classic" bears all the markings of a Studio 54-era smash, but the contributions of featured vocalist Powers give the song a decidedly contemporary feel. At their live shows the pair fleshes out thumping tracks like "Dancing with the DJ" and "Modern Hearts" with a drummer and backup dancers, making for an electric concert experience that always gets fans moving and shaking. The Knocks have toured with Ellie Goulding and shared the stage with superstars like Calvin Harris and Tiesto, and they put that valuable experience to work every time they deliver their dance-worthy sets on tour.
The Knocks is comprised of Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "JPatt" Patterson, two New York-based producers who met while attending The New School University in Greenwich Village. After becoming roommates they began collaborating on tracks, and before long their remixes of hits by artists like Lady Gaga and Rihanna earned them a publishing deal. As buzz around the project mounted they began producing tracks of their own, and in 2010 they broke through with the single "Dancing with the DJ". The song shot to No. 1 on Hype Machine and topped Japan's Electronic Songs Chart, introducing them to a global audience and leading to a deal with A&M Records. They made their debut on the label in 2011 with the Magic EP, a glittering collection of nu-disco tracks that drew them out for extensive touring. They continued to make waves in 2013 with hugely popular cuts like "Modern Hearts" and "Geronimo", a collaboration with revered French house producer Fred Falke. In 2014 B-Roc and JPatt released the Comfortable EP, another stellar slice of retro-futuristic jams that has fans chomping at the bit to catch them on tour.