US Drum & Bass Pioneer Karl K is Raising Funds to Help Recover from a Debilitating Stroke
The Philadelphia artist was one of the first to bring drum & bass and jungle to the US.
Pioneering US drum & bass and jungle DJ Karl K is seeking help after suffering a set of debilitating strokes in 2017.
The strokes left Karl with significant brain damage and have drastically impacted his life and normal day-to-day activities. He is currently on disability, unable to work, and is not able to make his rent payments. While over $21,000 has already been donated from friends, fans, and fellow artists throughout the electronic music scene, Karl will need much more to get his life and health back on track. Karl recorded a short video below, which gives you a window into his reality and humble plea for help.
Alongside other early drum & bass pioneers like Jason Jinx (RIP), Diesel Boy, AK 1200, Slant, and Overload, Karl K and frequent collaborator Kaos were among the first to champion and present drum & bass music to the east coast of the US, whilst helping birth the east coast rave scene and bring artists such as Ed Rush, Doc Scott, Optical, and many others to the US. Karl also produced a range of killer releases throughout the early 2000s with Kaos and Jae Kennedy on Koldfront, System, Circle Recordings, and Audioporn, and graced the cover of the drum ‘n’ bass magazine RINSE in 2003.
You can donate to Karl’s cause here. Every bit of help is appreciated.