Producer and bassist Headnodic is a musical time-traveler. His exploration into the furthest reaches of rhythm and melody, from golden era rap to 70’s fusion jazz, has inspired an original and profound voice in hip-hop. Whether he’s sampling, chopping, and re-constructing breaks, or fluently performing on any number of vintage instruments, the aesthetic of a well seasoned crate digger is apparent.
His collaborations with many of the most notable names in indy hip-hop have yielded dynamic results, exhibiting his musical elasticity. Some of these collaborators include, MF Doom, Jr. Gong Damian Marley, Brother Ali, Mr. Lif, Lyrics Born, Ladybug Mecca, DJ Shadow, Tash, People Under The Stairs, Oh No, Chali 2na, Zion I, The Grouch, Casual, Mystic, Sadat X, and Del the Funky Homosapien. This list is a veritable roster of hip-hop all-stars, as long as it is deep.
Trained as a bass player at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Headnodic began to develop his signature style which is inspired as much by session legend Carol Kaye as it is by the stuttered and chopped loops of DJ Premier. It was there that he met the members of what would later become the hip-hop band, Crown City Rockers, (originally called Mission: ). He has furnished the low end for Crown City Rockers for over a decade. In addition he has produced, recorded, and engineered a bulk of the group’s catalog. Crown City Rockers remains a definitive name in hip-hop, both in the studio and on stage.
A number of other unique side projects that have developed from these long established relationships with the CCR crew and extended family including, Plate Fork Knife Spoon (a jazz-psych band consisting of Crown City’s rhythm section), and Moe Pope and Headnodic (aka Megaphone). Then, in 2008, Headnodic joined forces with Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and Lateef the Truth Speaker (Latyrx) to form the indy-hop super group, The Mighty Underdogs (Def Jux / Quannum).
Headnodic has also released a number of instrumental albums including “Tuesday” and “Headnodic Beats Vol.1” (Insiduous Urban Records), as well as the “Now A Daze / The Drive” 12″ (with MC Zion & The Procussions) (Tres Records). The forthcoming album “Red Line Radio” will mark the full length debut of Headnodic as a headlining artist, and it’s a firm indication that his musical explorations are already becoming the classics of the future.
*the first 1000 physical copies include a micro 33 rpm 5” record which includes two exclusive songs- “Noddy By Nature” feat. The Might Underdogs & “Nodstradamus”.