Klaypex is a dubstep duo hailing from the U.S.A., composed of Mark Emmanuel and Johnny Atar. Many have said that their cutting edge electronic act pushes the envelope and sets new standards in their respective genres, covering a wide range of sounds in electronic music. The hard bass lines, heavy beats, and catchy melodies all come together to form a truly new sound which many consider to be the future of electronic music.
Nonetheless, Johnny and Mark have been best friends since they were 16 as both had recently immigrated to Canada, and met up at an after school program for new kids.
According to Johnny and Mark, while program was pretty dull, the friends that they made there were not. Thanks to that program, Johnny and Mark became best friends and have remained since.
Having said this, Johnny had always loved practicing the guitar every so often but never took it seriously until a drummer friend of his wanted to jam together. Mark, being Johnny’s best friend, was always there when those jam sessions took place.
Since Johnny wanted Mark to also participate in the jam sessions, Johnny pushed Mark to pick up and learn Electric Bass, as that had always been Mark’s favorite instrument anyways. Mark learned the Bass astoundingly quickly and within weeks was able to play Sweet Child O’ Mine fluently.
A couple of months later, simply jamming got boring, and Johnny and Mark wanted to take it to a higher level. Thus, they began writing music into “Guitar Pro”. Soon after, Johnny noticed his Mac computer had the GarageBand mixing software, which encouraged him to record one of their tracks. Once that happened, the duo’s first rock band was born.
Since that time, over around three years, the duo had been through three band phases which included stages of Alternative Space Rock, Electronic, Orchestral/Piano compositions, Rap, Acoustic Stes, Soundtrack music, Industrial, Pop and R&B music. Of course by that point they had moved well beyond GarageBand.
After experimenting in the myriad of genres, by the summer of 2011, Johnny and Mark had found a genre that they really loved the most and stuck with it. This is precisely when Klaypex was born.
When asked about the origin of the name “Klaypex”, the duo just hanging out listening to music thinking of cool monikers with no meaning that they felt truly represented their music by its annunciation. Once they thought about it for some time, the duo felt that “Klaypex” was the sound of their music. Helping their decision to go with Klaypex was the fact that when they Googled it, absolutely no results were returned.
After moving to Los Angeles, the next couple of years saw the duo would release multiple tracks including renowned singles like “Lights” and “Ready to Go”.
However, in early 2013 the duo had a falling out and began to work independently on some other projects. Initially, they saw the split as a bad thing. However, over the months they both learned and grew from their time apart.
Nevertheless, in December of 2013 the duo announced that they were both back on board and more excited than they had been in years to get back in the studio making music. Additionally, the duo became a trio with the addition of a new member named Travis.