Kamphire Collective

Kamphire Collective

BandHip HopRock

Kamphire Collective sounds soulfully sufficient.

Biography

Amidst life’s journeys, there’s no reason to travel in a world devoid of music; especially when there are bands like Kamphire Collective. They have been compared with renowned artist such as Sublime, 311 and Ozomatli. Although they use similar ingredients Kamphire Collective’s flavor is definitely their own. With the perfect blend of rap, spoken word, and harmony accompanied by live instrumentation. They incorporate just enough hip hop to keep the hip hop heads fed while at the same time generating an audience that spans far beyond its already broad spectrum. A result of their unpredictable musical spontaneity. Kamphire Collective is a music lovers hybrid.

The band consists of five members. Todd Belcher on the drums, Justin Rooney on the bass and Oscar Ortega on the guitar. The other two members are the voices of KC. Both are very gifted emcees with styles that complement each other with fraternal likeness. Origin (Marcus Hunter) disciplines himself in the art of spoken word while Timbuk2 (Tim Hammes) uses his wordplay and flow patterns to create a language all his own. Together they both instinctively shape-shift to whatever mood the music suggests. Whether it be powerful and aggressive, fun and funky, or cool and down tempo.

What started as a couple jam sessions back in 2005 has quickly developed itself into a present & future prodigy. Origin was a local poetry slam favorite and had won a regional competition and traveled to Chicago to compete with some of the nations best writers and poets. Upon his return he joined a reggae band with Todd (one the areas finest drummers). They both had fun but decided they wanted to try something different. Around the same time they crossed paths with Timbuk2, a respected artist in the local hip hop scene and they began to experiment. It didn’t take long before they discovered they had some rare chemistry. Shortly after that they welcomed Justin and Oscar to the family and completed the puzzle.

In 2006, Kamphire Collective took top honors at the Quest for the Best, a local event showcasing the area’s top bands. Following this win they found themselves booked on the first ever Honda Ski Tour in early 2007. The tour featured national acts such as Hinder, Three Days Grace, G-Love and Special Sauce, Wailers w/ DJ Logic, Swollen Members, Elan, Don Carlos, Jillian Ann, Sean Paul, Tommy Lee, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Blackalicious and Finger Eleven. They have since then been invited back to the tour in 2008 which has been renamed 48 straight and sponsored by Jeep.

Kamphire Collective has shared the stage with countless other musicians including The Alkaholics, the PirkQlaters, Psyche Origami, the Chicharones, Tre Hardson (Pharcyde), Pigeon John, Swollen Members, Murs, La Symphony, Afro Man, Art Hodge, Steve Fulton, The Coup, Lyrics Born, Cut Chemist, Kool Keith, Elan, George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars, Fishbone, Slightly Stoopid, and Mickey Avalon.

Discography

2007 LP Simply Complex

Set List

19 Songs: Come Vibe, Reincarnation, Eargams, Simply Complex, Creature, Dreamer, Music Help Me, Roots, Elemental, All I Need, Manchild, Emotional, Whatch'all Know, Check, One Entity, Words, Fresh Coffee, She Was & some intermittent spoken word and improvisation.
1-2 hour sets typically
No covers