IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – KNUCKLEHEADZ – ARIZONA’S HOTTEST STARS!

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IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What city and state are you from?

KNUCKLEHEADZ: Nick Gervasi aka Sticcy is originally from Buffalo, NY and moved out to Mesa, AZ in the early 90’s. Sticcy currently resides in Mesa, AZ. Justin Schultz aka Mythh was born in Tucson, AZ then moved to Chandler, AZ in the mid 90’s. Mythh is now currently in Mesa, AZ also.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?             

KNUCKLEHEADZ: Justin aka Mythh started doing music as early as age 11 doing karaoke  with his uncle learning how to sing and also played the trumpet in elementary school and Jr high school. Justin didn’t actually write his first piece of original music until about the 8th grade going into high school. He also started composing his own instrumentals in 9th grade using a program called Reason along with a cheap midi -controller he received from a family member. Justin also has been in two music groups prior to the Knuckleheadz and has completed about 6 albums. Those group names were Foolish and also Kind Bud.  He has now been a part of Knuckleheadz for 3 years and together they have completed an album, a mix tape and many collaborations with other artists. Justin has also performed with many other artists including Ra The Rugged Man, Twisted Insane, Coolio, Layzie Bone, Whitney Peyton, Cryptic Wisdom, Paul Wall, Chamillonaire, Kottonmouth Kings, Da Mafia Six, Futuristic, Spice 1, D.G.A.F, Andre Nikatina, E-40, Murs, and many more.

Nick aka Sticcy was into music at a very young age starting when he got his first little Yamaha piano, also in school he played the violin, even started writing lyrics at a young age but didn’t like his voice so never released any thing until few years down the road. For the years in between Sticcy was a Dj/producer he produced songs for other artists. He also helped them write lyrics and then around the age of 16 he started his first group called Society Flunkeez, an inspiration from good friends of his Phunk Junkeez. Not long after Sticcy and a former member changed the name to Knuckle Headz and that picked up very fast. They were doing magazine interviews and opening up for big shows. Then the other member could not stay with the group, but Sticcy was too committed and could see the big picture to just to stop. So for a while he did a solo act and went by “Sticky” and shared the stage with many artists such as Red Man Method Man, Mims, Slim Thug, Twista, Brotha Lynch hung, Andre Nikatina, ABK, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Killa Priest and many others. After a few years though he figured, why not bring back Knuckle Headz. So he revamped his name and switched the spelling to Sticcy. Now feeling confident, Sticcy started to reach out to other artists with the same passion and drive he had. He was already working with Mythh and had him feature on previous projects, so he was one of the first that Sticcy contacted. Mythh was super on board with the whole idea. Since then they have released multiple projects from hard copy’s to free downloads also releases on iTunes, Amazon, etc. Tons of shows as local support for big artists and a few national tours, one with Grammy award winning artist Whitney Peyton. It’s been a long road but everyday more light shines through the tunnel.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

KNUCKLEHEADZ: The biggest part is the love and the passion they have for creating it and wanting to share it, and give the fans more to look forward to in the future. It is also the want to help spread a more positive and meaningful message into the music culture we currently capture.  The Knuckleheadz feel as though we have a lot to offer and music fans deserve something fresh and different that they can connect with being from any walk of life. The feeling of being on stage and performing and connecting with their fans and the support we receive for doing so makes it all worth it. Getting paid is really just a plus for us. Music is something that they are doing or involved in 24/7 weather it’s being in the studio recording, being on tours doing shows, working on collaborations, or even producing tracks for other artists. The response that they have had over the last few years has been incredible which definitely gives them more drive to keep doing it and keep getting better perfecting the art.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about? 

KNUCKLEHEADZ: Knuckleheadz currently have songs with a very wide range of topics. We write what we feel when the music comes on and take it from there. We have songs about rising up from bad situations, partying, how we live, past experiences, all while trying to be ourselves through the music to create a connection with our fans. They also feel every song can some way connect to every person in any situation and they really try to make music for every situation. For instance if you’re cruising the street, at a party, club or even in the bedroom with a loved one. They create music to fit the mood that you are in, so even outsiders can relate to it in some kind of way. When it comes to writing music we really have so much to talk about.  The best part about it is life doesn’t stop for them so there is always new inspiration everyday for new material. So what they like to do is also ask people what they would like to hear or even use their experience in some way. Everybody has bad days, good days, and the ones in-between and they like to try and touch on all of it.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?

KNUCKLEHEADZ: The way the world is going today we have always had a great following in the M.M.J (medical marijuana community), and also the extreme sports community from dirt bike riders, skateboarders, snowboarders, etc. It’s also directed towards the people that have a positive outlook on life in general. ”We connect to all age groups having fans as young as toddlers to even senior citizens to be honest. ” said Mythh. More so though, in the range of 13-30 is where their biggest chunk of fans seems to be. All in all though it’s really directed towards anyone that has a true passion for original music with meaningful or even sometimes simple messages.  Knuckleheadz are trying to reach not only the lower and middle class but also the upper class to.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

KNNUCKLEHEADZ: The music that really influences the Knuckleheadz is anything with a great sound to it. That can range from Hip-hop, Rock, Reggae, Classical, Funk, Punk Rock, and even pop.  You can hear the west coast influence throughout their music along with other certain sounds from across the globe.

 

The artist and producers that have been a strong influence on the Knuckleheadz starting in their youth would be Kris Kross, Coolio, T.L.C, Greenday, Nirvana, Pennywise, N.W.A, Ice Cube, Eazy E, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Krs One, Sublime, Bob Segar, Elvis, The Beatles, The Doors, ZZ Top, Blink 182, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, AC/DC, Metalica, Meatloaf, Rancid, Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, Mac 10, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Eminem, Sir Mix a lot, Public Enemy, Anthrax, I.C.P, Phunk Junkeez, NoFx, Otis Redding, Michael Jackson, Jay Z, Big L, Genuine, K.C and Jojo, Twista, Wu-Tang, Redman, Method Man, Naughty by Nature, Hieroglyphics, The Roots, T.I, Nelly, Pharell, Lil Wayne (back in the day), Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bob Marley, Too Short, Motley Crue, Goldfinger, Kottonmouth Kings, Cypress Hill, D.P.G, Ludacris, S.P.M, Tech N9ne, Three 6 Mafia, 311, Frank Sinatra And The Beastie Boys. Now Moving on to producers are people like Rick Ruben, Timberland, Pharell Williams, Dr. Dre, Dj Quik, Scott Storch, Dj Paul, Dj Mustard, George Martin, Mr. Kooman, Purps from 808 Mafia, Norman Whitfield, Qunicy Jones, David Foster, Kanye West, The Neptunes, Deadmau5, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Will I Am, Swizz Beatz, Cryptic Wisdom, J-Beam, Lifted, Justin Timberlake, Mugsy, Sledro, Daft Punk, Doctor P, Juicy J, Heavy D, Warren G, Dj Jazzy Jeff, Jermaine Dupree, and Manny Fresh. Knuckleheadz current label influences are Funk Volume, Strange Music, Interscope, Atlantic, Island, Roadrunner, and Epitaph. The Artist that currently influence them is Hopsin, Madchild, Kid Ink, Schoolboy Q, Kendrik Lamar, Pharell, Rittz, Yelawolf, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Futuristic, Justus, Hannibal Leq, Rebelution, Slighty Stoopid, Y.G, Rich Homie Quan, Atmosphere, 2 Chains, Rick Ross, Caskey, Berner, Bizzy Bone and Juicy J.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people? 

KNUCKLEHEADZ: It’s Knuckleheaded! The easiest way to put it is hip-hop/rap n roll, two M.C.’s that really move the crowd and get people involved. It’s the type of music that has a deep meaning but is still catchy at the same time. Type of music you can dance to, smoke to and relate to.  It’s more than just music though, to them, it’s a brand and a lifestyle that people seem to enjoy.  That is why they mostly write about things that they feel and situations that they have been through, even just capturing certain emotions. You will be able to hear their influences throughout their lyrics and music.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artist? 

KNUCKLEHEADZ: What really makes the two M.C.’s stand out is they do not stick to one certain sound or style. They get more creative and try different things almost every track. Knuckleheadz are not afraid to step out of the box when it comes to making music and in life in general. Anything to catch the attention of the fans is what they work on a lot also. The stage performance really sets the Knuckleheadz apart from others too. They do everything from wardrobe changes, light shows, stage props and audio/video visual mapping. Another big thing is Knuckleheadz have their own clothing line and entertainment company. The merchandise line is very unique with their own custom designs with apparel for kids and adults. Knuckleheadz have also put an amazing team and supportive fan base together made of incredible people always willing to go above and beyond to help the cause. They have been there helping with the touring ups and downs, helping them prepare and set up for shows, selling merchandise for them, selling tickets to the shows and really just always coming through for the group in general.

 

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

KNUCKLEHEADZ: Knuckleheadz main focus as of right now is their sophomore album, Which will be called The Best of Both Worlds, without an official release date as of yet. The meaning behind it is it’s going to be a double disk with one side being just the group then the other side being amazing collaborations they have collected over the months of being on the road and making new connections. They have been tediously working on this album for about the last year. In the studio day and night some weeks, constantly working on the same songs trying for different sounds and vibes. This album is going to be crazy featuring artists like Hopsin, Madchild, Bizzy Bone, Bizarre, Cryptic Wisdom, Whitney Peyton and a few other amazing artists that will be mentioned as well.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals?  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

KNUCKLEHEADZ: The 10-year goal for the Knuckleheadz will be playing enormous arena shows and festivals like the rose bowl and entertaining at a various amount of continents in the future.  They hope to have many international tours as well as staying national and still doing local stuff to help around the areas that influenced and helped them on the way. Another goal is to create their own festival event like Gathering of The Juggalos, or Coachella to help artists and give back to the music community by bringing together the artists they love.

They will also be pushing the Knuckleheadz clothing line to the max along with helping other artists succeed as well. All in all though they just want to keep making great music, keep working hard, help people, and continuously out do them-selves on every new project. They look forward to working with new artists and making connections with new sponsors and fans that will help forward their Knuckleheadz movement.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?          

KNUCKLEHEADZ: Fans can access the music and contact the Knuckleheadz though various different locations including

 

–          ITunes link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-antidote/id725834913

–          Facebook link – https://www.facebook.com/Knuckleheadz480

–          Soundcloud link – https://soundcloud.com/justin-mythh-schultz

–          Bandcamp link – http://knuckleheadz.bandcamp.com/releases

–          Twitter-

Sticcy – @sticcy480

Mythh – @mythwith2hs

–          Reverbnation link – http://www.reverbnation.com/knuckleheadzmusic

–          Amazon link – http://www.amazon.com/The-Antidote-Explicit-Knuckle-Headz/dp/B00FYI6H2I

–          Cd Baby link – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/knuckleheadz2

–          Spotify link – http://open.spotify.com/album/2Cr9tyh08mgUYhYfcarMiN

–          Google Play link – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Knuckle_Headz_The_Antidote?id=Bpqwqbz7xgdhqhsjjvyh3ztleye

–          Shazam link – http://www.shazam.com/music/web/album?id=58068916

–          Rhapsody link – http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/knuckle-headz/album/the-antidote

–          Youtube link – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC69PGvBgWTHoT0xgRvMZQ7Q

–          Cover My Tunes link – http://www.covermytunes.com/cd-cover/The_Antidote-725834913.html

–          Great Indie – http://www.greatindie.com/ipnmusic/store/list.php?item_number=888174321523
–          Cur Music link – http://www.curmusic.com/music/artists/3005181/Knuckle%20Headz

 

 

 

 

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142 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve had the opportunity to spend time on the road with these guys and they are as legit, talented, and down to earth as they come. Furthermore, the Knuckleheadz brand and merchandise production services are top of the line. I would love to see these guys get the recognition and notoriety they’ve been working so hard to achieve! #Salute!

  2. These Guys own the stage when they perform. I always leave impressed after one of their shows, plus that guy Mtyhh with the double H’s in his name is not only a dope rapper but hell of a producer, Arizona’s white Dr.Dre. Knuckle Headz are sick check them out.

  3. Ive had the honor and pleasure of getting to know both Justin and Nick on a professional and now a personal level and they are both amazingly talented artists as well as amazing people. Not all artists know how to balance making music, and connecting with the people who got them this far, the fans. I have alot of respect for the boys from the 480. The Knuckleheadz are on the move!!!

  4. These guys are awesome!! Always putting on great shows. You can really tell they put their heart and souls into their music and this shows through at every show!

  5. These two make some of the best music the underground has heard in a long time….There crew is one of the hardest working I have ever seen…And they are some of the coolest dudes you will ever meet. They do it for the right reasons and are loyal to those that have shown loyalty back.
    We always KnuckleHeaded!!!!!!!!

  6. These guys have been making moves all over the westcoast for a while now. Glad to see them getting the props they deserve. We smoke and party to Knuckleheadz all day out in CA! Cant wait to see them perform again out here. Dope Music Guys, and Congrats on that ish!!!

  7. I have been listening to Mythh for over 10 years now and have had the pleasure to watch him grow as an artist. An opportunist. An entrepreneur. And as a respectful person with his friends and family. Since Knuckleheadz formed a few years back they have SKYROCKETED all over YouTube and Facebook. I give mad respect to these dudes. If anyone deserves it, its them. Blood sweat and tears! Much love boys!

  8. These guys are committed and dedicated to their craft! They grind and push harder than any group I’ve seen in the valley. I wish nothing but continued success for these two hard working professionals.

  9. I’ve had the privilege of seeing Justin/Myth evolve over the years. I’ve been to many shows and have Always had a fantastic experience. They once rigged a raffle so I could win a Bong they were giving away! Hahaha. It’s been fun watching you grow up and really follow your dreams. Much Love! !! #Fan4Life

  10. I’ve been to shows and tune in to turnt up Tuesdays these guys are it. If you have not seen you def need to check them out. Reppin AZ in big ways you can say they have The Antidote for this game. .Keep itKnuckleheaded! #AZUP

  11. First of all these are my brother’s from another mother shit!!! I have grown up with Nick aka Sticcy since elementary school. I lived 4 or 5 house’s down and we have had some great times with the crew!!! CLC 4 life. I recently met Justin aka Mythh. This guy kills the beat game and hands down these two have mad love for the music and are way down to earth people!!! Don’t Miss out on one of there shows cause they are off the hook!! I also am part of there merch Team and it’s all hands down the best merch made in the game!!!
    AzUp Salute

  12. Knuckleheadz dedication hard work about to pay off!! go boys GO!! you have spent your lives transferring the music in your headz (lol) into something we can all listen to and love. Keep the positive and there is no height you won’t reach.

  13. Ive been friends with sticcy for a long time b4 the knuckleheadz was thought of and ever since I first met nick “sticcy”, hes been all about music and makin beats and every year it jus keeps getting better…. there shows are off the hook, they get the crowd goin and always interact and hook up fans…. keep killin it knuckleheadz and ill see you at the next show….!!!!!! Kh on the rise….. AZ up….. salute sticcy and mythh…

  14. Kuckleheadz are always killing it and putting on a great show for their crowds. They are always aiming to entertain and get better with every performance. Very dedicated group!

  15. This group is always putting on awesome shows and is fun to watch. They are a really diverse band and are reaching out to please many different groups. they rock my socks!!!

  16. I have known these guyz for a long time and have watched them grow over the yrz. They are really down with the underground crowd. Their music has got some sweet beats and lyrics that I can alwayz relate to, I love driving down the road bumping their shit.

  17. These guys rock the stage every time they hit it, they are really a crowd pleaser and always are trying to get the crowds pumped up. Sticcy and Mythh really try to give their fans a personal experience. Love these guys.

  18. The first time I seen these guyz I knew they were a great edition to the local underground scene. They always bring high energy to their show and I am always hyped up to see them live.

  19. Ive been down with Knuckleheadz for a few years now, and I honestly did not know all of this stuff about them. Its nice to be able to dig a little deeper and learn their background more. Good Article Fellas!!! Keep Up THE GOOD WORK!!! You have Support out here in CO!!

  20. My girlfriend and I love your cd The Antidote. My favorite song is Push Skate, Hers Is the Bob Marley one. Not sure if you remember but we were the couple in Utah that bought some of your music and clothing. Hope to see you guys again soooooon!!!!

  21. I heard of you on Datpiff!! You guys are sick!! Come see us in MASS!! Thankyou for hitting me up on facebook and letting me know about this!!

  22. Knuckleheadz is awesome. Definitely can tell you put your heart into your work. They always throw down amazing shows. Keep it up guys!

  23. Love the merchandise!!! Latest singles have been rad! My girlfriends like to hear something new that they actually can vibe to in the car. Knuckleheadz!!
    #AZUP

  24. I’ve actually had the pleasure of working with Justin aka Mythh. I tell you his personality & creativity that hes bringing into the industry is just what real music needs. I have mad respect for these cool cats. I will always support Knuckleheadz & I wish them the very best in the future!!

    Btw, I still have your sticker on my bathroom mirror haha (:

  25. Been loving the knuckleheadz and their music for awhile now! Original music that pushes the boundaries! Keep reaching for the top cuz! Success runs in the family!! East coast is listening too

  26. Real deal here,been following knuckleheadz since the beginning, love ’em like family.
    ..becuz that’s how they treat you. Not to mention the tightest jamz around. Positive vibes!;!

  27. Thanks for sending me the links to all of your free music. You guys are sic with it!!! Im going to buy that C.D the Antidote when I get paid!!! Keep it up!!!

  28. Ive been listening to the Knuckleheadz since back in the day. They are always getting better and have come so far. I still have the kh sticker on my car too.

  29. From the music to the gear knuckle headz got it all..I saw you guys in concert a few months ago and I was really empressed how you guys handle the crowd and the whole changing of outfits real dope KnuckleHeadz4Life!

  30. My sisters boyfriend turned me onto you guys been down ever since really like the pushin weight Mixtape. and can’t wait till you guys drop that Best of both worlds keep it real fellas

  31. I just heard your cypher video on youtube and it killed!! Sweet tunes, I can not wait to hear that new album yall have been cooking up. I heard its got a feature from Madchild from SM. Great article too, cant wait to see yall in person. #baxwar

  32. You dudes have come along way! Music is dope and merch is on point. As long as you keep doing music im going to keep listening. You guys have true fans!! know that!!!

  33. That’s interesting you say that it gives me a great insight and a pleasure to actually work with you which I look forward to doing more in the future that’s a very strong comment you learn more about people every day have a great week !

  34. Known justin for a minute. since jr high. Always been a cool guy, I wish you guys great success. Keep up the hard work, it will pay off soon

  35. I love these guys! I had the pleasure of sharing the stage and road with Sticcy and Myth last May.. Not only were they professional but very humble as well. The memories we experienced on the road will last a lifetime! Best of luck on your future endeavors #TeamKnuckleHeadz

  36. I went to high school with Justin aka mythh, he was one of my good friends. He is so down to earth and very talented. Knuckleheadz music is amazing they put in a lot of work for how far they have came. I yet still have to see one of their shows and I can’t wait!! You boys keep working hard, you’ll be to the top before you know it.

    Much love!!!

  37. These dudes tearin up the AZ music seen just a matter of time till the music is heard worldwide. Got support everywhere. They’re definitely doin there thing

  38. Ive had the pleasure of spinning Knuckleheadz music a few times on our radio show. These dudes are a class act and also have crazy music videos to back it up.

  39. my son gets me the gear and I like the logo!!!

    Couple songs from the anidote my son showed me… I like that they are a mixed variant of all genres.

  40. My brother buys me their gear n introduced me to some songs… I loved the single “the way she moves”.

    The beats are super for my dance classes.

  41. “Pick me up Pick me up cuz I dont wanna fall, It’s just me against the world with my back against the wall” – Knuckleheadz….. Great Hook!!! I love the punk rock side to the Knuckleheadz.

  42. knuckleheadz cd I got from my daughters boyfriend… “Anidote” I listen to it nearly my whole drive to Colorado Springs to my new job. He gave it as a gift for the road… Can’t wait to hear more!!! Thanks to him I like some new music with an old style influence.

    I like, I like, I like the way they bring it all together in the songs!

  43. that new video off the walls!!!! Huge fan of the merchandise n the songs they create. Knuckleheadz all day!!! Can’t wait till hip hop festival.. KH going to own the stage with talent. They pushn weight n putting in the work! Others just talk talk talk.

    #AZUP
    #knuckleheadz

  44. I’ve been down since day one with KH!
    The messages and and truth they speak is what keeps me bouncin my head!
    I now live in the BaY area where I spread the word of the legendary KnUcKlEhEaDz!
    As far as I know I am the ONLY BaY area rep.
    I see in the very near future that Nick and Justin will be going to be worldwide phenoms! Not only are they great artists but they are just down right good homies that take a real listen to their family,friends and ALL of their fans….

    Here’s to many more fans, music, big $$ and that STICKY!

    KH all day!

    BaY area reppin-MiniMart

  45. Just peeped the new Video and it was sweeeeetttt!!! great quality and dope visuals. Knuckleheadz are definitely doing their thing!! Love reading about these dudes!

  46. Ive been to a bunch of shows and enjoy sharing Knuckleheadz music with my friends. They also have amazing Shirts and hats for the group. Are you signed yet? You should try to go to Strange Music that would be Epic!!

  47. Knuckleheadz are taking Arizona by storm!!! I just recently heard their music but ive heard about them now for a minute. Good Luck AND KEEP KILLIN IT!!!

  48. These guys are legit and I have listened to them from the beginning and I am always amazed by what they are putting out! Mythh is phenomenal and the Knuckleheadz are going to be huge.

  49. Knuckleheadz kill it . ive been following thier music now for a few years. It just keeps getting better and better. Its cool to see they are getting the props they deserve

  50. I love how the Knuckleheadz dont stick to one certain sound and are very creative with their music. I also learned some stuff here I never knew about you. I dig it!

  51. Ive heard Knuckleheadz on the radio and also have the cd the Antidote. Thank you for letting me know about this so I can show appreciation where its due.

  52. I have had the opertunity to listen to Knuckleheadz for many, many years now and they are the most talented and determined guys out there with their music! Hard work really pays off, keep it up guys!

  53. Knuckleheadz music is GREAT!!!! I have seen them in concert and was very entertained. I listened to there CD on a 12 hour road trip and it kept me pumped and awake. These two guys are awesome and you will have to check them out to see what your missing.

  54. I used to work with one of the members at a dead end job and always remember him saying he was going to make something of himself one day. Its a breath of fresh air to know he actually is. Knuckleheadz are not something to take lightly. Go get em fellas, We got your back!!

  55. I’ve seen the KnuckleHeadz where they started and where they are at now and it’s mind blowing the progress of them. They keep getting better everytime I hear them. Keep grinding keep hustling.

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