Vokab Kompany are two MC/singers from San Diego, California. Their new album, VKCE, a collaboration effort with up and coming production/musician duo Crush Effect, has been critically acclaimed and filled a void at the intersection of the hip-hop and EDM worlds. ‘VKCE’ is Hip-hop, it’s electronic, it’s indie – it’s a shout out to the past, and a taste of the future. Vokab Kompany’s Matt Burke describes the experience: “As musicians, it’s an ever evolving world; genres are a thing of the past, so we (VK) were really lucky to have teamed up with producers that pushed the boundaries of our boxes. We got outside our comfort zone, stamped a VK next to CE, and the result was something new entirely.”
2012 saw the band play over 60 shows, including Seattle City Arts Festival, Bounce Festival, Lunacy Festival, Oysterfest San Diego, So Cal Fest and RedFest in Red River, New Mexico. They supported bands from Umphrey’s McGee to Collie Buddz and Diego’s Umbrella, while carving out headline markets outside their hometown. The spontaneity of the band’s performance art has made them underground phenoms, stealing the show with their Burning Man-esq light shows, dancers, performance artists and special guests who surprise fans at each performance.
The team has been blessed with a slew of great press; in addition to a feature on electronic music in the August print edition of Spin, and “climbing” George Washington Bridge with Al Roker, the band has won best hip-hop group at the San Diego Music Awards for three years in a row, and even impressed Prince Harry when he stopped by Solana Beach’s Belly Up to catch a VK show.