From the Dance Floor to the Classroom: King Britt

“For the last three decades and some change, [he] has been at the forefront of the many revolutions and catalytic movements that have shaped the tenor of electronic music.” – Reverb

Philadelphia native and Pew Fellowship recipient King Britt has spent over thirty years producing, composing, and performing electronic music. His practice led to a role as the original DJ for Digable Planets, collaborations with the likes of De La Soul, Madlib, Kathy Sledge, director Michael Mann (Miami Vice) and many others, and calls to remix the work of an eclectic list of giants, from Miles Davis to Solange, all the way to Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa. Most recently, Britt collaborated with MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey for their project Tyshawn & King (2021).

Despite his busy schedule, Britt still has time to serve as teaching professor in Computer Music at the University of California San Diego. It was in this role that he created Blacktronika, a course for researching and honoring the people of color who have pioneered groundbreaking genres within the electronic music landscape. Discover King Britt’s Musical Picks.

Blacktronika Presents: The Signal Paths

A special night of soulful modular synthesis

Throughout the festival weekend, curated performances and worskshops featuring Blacktronika artists will take place in various venues throughout Downtown Knoxville. From now until then, we will highlight these innovative artists and exciting programs.

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe


Tyondai Braxton

Yvette Janine Jackson

There is so much in store, from Detroit techno legend Carl Craig to the West Coast Future Funk champion Brandon Coleman, all the way to the iconic Suzi Analogue and so many more.

We are honored to expand the sound to Big Ears! Check out the full Blacktronika program and listen to a playlist created by King Britt featuring all Big Ears x Blacktronika performers.

Knoxville, TN · USA



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