2200 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
:: THE BREAKLITES ::The story of the Breaklites begins in early 2008. While on a trip out of town visiting a friend, Cruel (MC) randomly met John McRae (Guitarist/Producer). Their conversation quickly turned to hip hop, and the two discovered they both lived in Tacoma, WA. Numbers were exchanged and they talked about working together on a project in the future. Early that summer Cruel and John finally connected and started work on their first song together. The song, ironically titled “Distracted,” was never released, and the project was put on the back burner as life pushed the two in opposite directions.
Fast forward through two years of rollercoaster-like highs and lows, with nothing substantial to show musically from either one, and you have the real beginning. Both of them knew they needed to get back in the studio. They reconnected and decided to push everything else aside to dive head first into a totally fresh music project. Finding a new energy within themselves, the duo began working together like a well oiled machine. As their first project neared completion a name for the pair surfaced, The Breaklites. Before officially releasing the project, they wanted to add a DJ to the crew to bring that classic dynamic to their live performance. Cruel bounced the idea off his friend and DJ, The Mayor, who was immediately on board.The Breaklites released their first project New Dogs, Old Tricks EP in November 2010. With the original burst of momentum they discovered that winter, the group followed up with three more projects in 2011 starting with Pack Your Bags in February, Robots and Dayton’s in May and the latest album Rapface was completed in December. With the release of Robots and Dayton’s, the group decided to add Bannack Stebor (Keyboardist) and Alex Schelhammer (MC) to the crew and launched off on their first tour, gaining a following as they brought their sweat-drenched and rowdy live performance to new audiences. After returning home and recording the latest album Rapface, The Breaklites took their energy on the road for the second time, with the bigger and better Rapface Tour, covering over half of the United States. During the summer of 2012 the group put out their most successful album titled In The Trunk. From rocking sold out shows to their first adventure down to SXSW, 2012 has seen The Breaklites truly begin to enjoy some of the fruits of their labor. :: RA SCION :::: ILLFIGHTYOU :::: JAY X JRM ::