King Britt

2007 Pew Fellow

1/3: King Britt, 2007 Pew Fellow. Directed by Glenn Holsten.
2/3: King Britt. Photo courtesy of the artist.
3/3: King Britt. Still from Britt’s Pew Fellow short film, directed by Glenn Holsten.

“I create because there’s something in me that needs that.”

Ultimately, King Britt (b. 1968) says, he is on a journey, exploring the patchwork of rhythmic textures from many urban dance music cultures: deep house, hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, funk, and afro-tech. He grew up in Philadelphia—the root of his inspiration—and has worked with many of the city’s living legends of soul and R&B, such as Grover Washington, Jr., Kathy Sledge, Gamble and Huff, and James Poyser.

Britt studied marketing at Temple University. In 2006, he was commissioned by Charles O. Anderson’s (2007 Pew Fellow) dance theatre X to score a piece, which premiered at the 2007 FringeArts Festival and Philly Fringe. The same year, he scored four original compositions for the civil rights movement documentary film Never Lose Sight of Freedom, as well as six original compositions for Michael Mann’s film, Miami Vice. Britt conceptualized, recorded, and toured a multimedia live rock project, “King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan,” in collaboration with Preservation Hall in New Orleans, which was performed around the world at venues such as the Whitney Museum and the Nuspirit Festival in Helsinki, Finland. He was bandleader and music director for the Sylk130 collective, produced two albums—When the Funk Hits the Fan (Ovum/Sony, 1998) and Re-Members Only (Six Degrees, 2001). He was DJ for Grammy Award-winning hip-hop/soul group the Digable Planets.


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