Thunderheist

Thunderheist

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Stealing thunder so you move that ass, the duo dubbed Thunderheist unleash serious electro-pop boom bap party funk. Isis runs the mic, Grahm Zilla runs the rhythms, & together they have incited dancefloor mayhem around the world with their incredible live shows and much-coveted tunes. Get shook.

Biography

Stealing thunder so you move that ass, the duo dubbed Thunderheist unleash serious electro-pop with heavy boom bap party funk. Ribcage – rattling bass breaks laced with proper rhyming are flipped with digital booty bass, 80s-inspired electronic pop, and slowed down Southern bounce, all fresh dipped in serious swagger.

Dancefloors get loose when Thunderheist reigns. Tunes like "Bubblegum', 'Suenos Dulces' and 'Discobooty' get bodies bumping. Music blogs light up with repostings the moment they post a new tune. DJs from all over the world drop them in the mix. Press has come knocking fast and furious, based on the smiling, sweaty faces coming out of TH jam. Audiences for live shows keep growing as word spreads. Simply put, they get lotsa love.

The lady runs the mic, and her name is Isis. This Nigerian-born, Canadian-raised emcee has shared stages with a wide range of hip hop heavyweights like Bahamadia, Vast Aire (Def Jux), M1 (Dead Prez), Tumi and the Volume (District Six), and even T.I. Her skills, focus and drive landed her an invitation to perform at the celebrated ‘Show Time at the Apollo’ in 2006, gaining a fan in DJ Kool Herc. Fast-forward a few months and she's spitting into mics on a cross-Canada Tour, culminating in an unforgettable show at Montreal's International Jazz Festival in front of a crowd of 5000.

Hard-hitting rhythms are courtesy of Grahm Zilla, the incredible versatile producer & DJ twisting up the low end on the beats and in the mix. Inspired by a serious addiction to vinyl for the better part of 15 years with a collection including electro, jazz, hip hop, funk, techno, rock and pop, his production work can’t help going straight for the jugular. Not surprising, given that he’s rocked the decks with acts ranging from Prodigy, Herbaliser, Coldcut and the X-Ecutioners, to Kid Koala, DJ Food, DJ Vadim, Jurassic 5, J-Live, to Chromeo, Flosstradamus, and Plastic Little.

An accidental MP3 upload birthed Thunderheist. Through the music grapevine, Grahm was feeling Isis’ rhyming, Isis was feeling ‘Zilla’s productions. Exchanging files online, Grahm accidentally sent Isis an electro track he was working on. She flipped it with raw rap narratives rocked with afropunk attitude, and they knew they had something special.

Since then, the duo have commandeered stages and left dancefloors sweaty the world over. Their debut show in Montreal in Fall 2006 was legendary, air thick with elation that all were bearing witness to a new phenomenon. It’s been a steady build ever since, with more and more people packing out their live shows, writing up and snatching their demo songs posted on blogs all around the world, and visiting their website and MySpace incessantly. Press came knocking very early on, citing them as “2007 Noisemaker” (Montreal Mirror, Jan 2007) and placing them on the cover (Toronto's Eye Magazine, March 2007) without even an EP or single officially out yet. MySpace Canada placed Thunderheist as a ‘Featured Artist’ based on their incredible NXNE 2007 performance. Promoters across the US constantly re-book them for shows. Canada has embraced them wholeheartedly, , and of course, so deeply rooted within their hometown of Toronto, rocked the house at a near sell-out show at a revered rock venue. Successful show runs in Eastern and Western Canada, CBC Radio 3 features, and more cover stories (Beatroute in Alberta) are de rigeur. The Thunderheist phenomenon even touched down in Europe twice to date. And yes, all still without an album.

It’s not about to slow down one bit. Thunderheist are hard at work in the studio putting the finishing touches on their debut album. Playing to huge audiences across the US on a VICE co-headline tour with The Black Ghosts and at major Canadian festivals (Beats, Breaks and Culture, Hillside Festival) in Summer 2008, Thunderheist are getting ready to rack up more air mile points for Fall 08. Top that off with guest vocal work, remixes galore, film & TV licenses, fielding increasing loads of press requests...yes, it’s hectic. But such is life for a band on a mission to bring the party correct.

Discography

'Bubblegum' 12" - Bigfoot Records (released Oct 2007)
'Jerk It' 12" EP - Nasty Mix (due out in Aug 2008)
'Jerk It' digital EP - Thunderheist Records (available now)

Self-released EP available only at shows - SOLD OUT

'Bubblegum' featured as CBC Radio 3 'Song of the Day'- July 2007
'Jerk It' featured on streaming play on Pitchforkmedia.com - July 2008

Set List

Anthem
Red Whine
Discobooty
Krypto
Bubblegum
Little Booty Girl
Slow Roll
Suenos Dulces
Afterparty
Jerk It

+ more

Sets are normally between 45 minutes - 1 hour.

Only 'proper' cover song done is 'Suenos Dulces', a reinterpretation of 'Sweet Dreams' by Eurythmics.

Another cover is 'A Milli' by Lil' Wayne, where Isis freestyles on top of this popular beat.