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
Sticcy – @sticcy480
Mythh – @mythwith2hs
– Reverbnation link – http://www.reverbnation.com/knuckleheadzmusic
– Cd Baby link – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/knuckleheadz2
– Spotify link – http://open.spotify.com/album/2Cr9tyh08mgUYhYfcarMiN
– 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