Knock2 is a name that’s been making fast rounds in the industry. If you haven’t heard the name, you’d probably still recognize the tunes. Blowing up in late 2019 with the trap dinger “Radial” (a collab with best friend ISOxo, propelling both into the limelight), Knock2 followed this up with a fusion of tech/bass house – collaborating with the likes of Cheyenne Giles and Henry Fong. The Laotian kid from San Diego, California was quickly setting a new standard for versatility as an up and coming artist. The buzz surrounding Knock2 was undeniable as he simultaneously dropped several explosive flips and remixes on SoundCloud to much acclaim, solidifying his status as a rising star. His next original release would come in the form of “Gems“, a return to trap showcasing his unique soundscape and style. For the rest of 2020 this became a track rinsed by a plethora of big names in dance music.
Knock2’s first release of 2021 would mark his debut on Nightmode – a new label co-created by twitch streamer Jericho and Dan Goudie, head honcho of Disciple Records, with the purpose of featuring copyright-free bangers for content creators to use. The track DASHSTAR* would become Knock2’s biggest hit, signifying a major level-up in the game for the young producer. Those unfamiliar with Knock2 may already know the track.
It became clear Knock2 had a penchant for creating mainstage anthems, with his twist and take on house music granting a significant boost to his already-blossoming career. He’d continue on to drop a full 5-track EP on Nightmode in August of 2021, “2HEARTS” showcasing more of his signature style.
Coming into 2022 no holds barred, Knock2 releases three standalone singles between January and April, including a return to Sable Valley and trap with “JADE”. These would be followed by the announcement that Knock2 would be making his headline debut in Los Angeles, aptly named ROOM202. Tickets sell out not only within one day, but within one hour. I personally was feeling extremely lucky to have been able to attend and witness such an experience.
You can check out the full set below. An absolutely electric night to say the least.
Shortly after the debut of ROOM202 it was announced that Knock2 would be embarking on his first international tour – to Japan no less! This very week, he’s set to make three stops in Nippon: Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Nagoya.
Circus Tokyo is considered to be Japan’s mecca for dance music fans, known to curate some of the best lineups in the nation while supporting the underground and pushing the scene. Ibiza Fukuoka is the largest club in the entire prefecture. And Club Mago in Nagoya is a house-and-techno-centric venue that boasts one of the best sound systems in Japan.
Japan is certainly in for a treat, and we can’t wait to see what else Knock2 brings us in 2022. Aside from his production prowess, he’s also developed a reputation as a top tier DJ with immaculate mixing and crowd control. Having made appearances at the revered Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado as well as EDC Las Vegas earlier this year, he also sold out his Bay Area headline and is slated to appear mainstage at hometown venue SOMA San Diego in September. A collab release with NGHTMRE is also confirmed to be in the works. There is truly NO LIMIT when it comes to dance music phenomenon Knock2.