Last updated: 12/20/2011 11:00:00 AM
Celldweller – the concept born from experiences of personal and cultural bondage along with the creator’s near 24-7 dwelling in his former basement studio. Klayton, the man behind the machine, originally created the moniker as a producer pseudonym. However, after retiring his previous band, the 90’s cult industrial act Circle of Dust, he adopted Celldweller as his defining outlet.
Developed as an agent of contrast the New York based Celldweller combines the electronic and the organic, darkness and beauty, aggression against sensuality, with the ability to find its home in the mosh pit as easily as on the dj’s turntable. Celldweller naturally juxtaposes many textures and elements while keeping a unifying theme. The debut album ranges from the guitar-based electronic rock of “Stay With Me (Unlikely)” and “Switchback” to the unique blending of heavily distorted guitars and aggression with drum & bass and trance in “The Last Firstborn” and “One Good Reason.” The styles are further contrasted by the electro-orchestral Depeche Mode-esque “So Sorry to Say” and the hauntingly beautiful down tempo track “Welcome to the End.”
The Live Shows
The Celldweller live show is designed to be a fusion of modern technology, performance art and theatrics combined with key elements of electronic music, rave culture and the raw energy of a rock show. The non-traditional performance is augmented by audio/visual segments, percussive performance pieces and music that is unique to the live show.
The artist, performer, producer, songwriter, programmer and re-mixer Klayton has an extensive musical history beginning in the early nineties. His original band Circle of Dust released three albums (Circle of Dust, Brainchild, Disengage), sold nearly 40,000 units and brought the energy of the music to the stage as they toured to support each release. Klayton has also worked on numerous projects (Argyle Park, Prong, Criss Angel, Chatterbox, Level, Klank, etc.) He co-wrote, programmed and re-mixed tracks from the Prong Rude Awakening album and co-produced “London Dungeon,” the Prong track for the Misfits tribute album.
Klayton has also garnered the interest of the Film/TV industry having licensed tracks for "Kart Racer," (Starring Randy Quad), "Takedown" (Miramax), "Cutaway" (Artisan), "Repli-Kate" (Starring Ali Landry), "Veritas" (ABC), "21," "Rubbernecking," "Higher Ground" (Fox), "Python," "Beggars & Choosers" (Showtime), "Wrecked" (ESPN), The Surf Channel, "The Chris Isaak Show" (Showtime), "The Bum Hunter," Rossignal Ski video, Divinci Bicycles video and the Sony Playstation video games "Road Rash Jailbreak" (Electronic Arts), "Test Drive Off Road: Wide Open" (Infogrames) and "NHL Hockey 2003" (Electronic Arts).
Other credits include writing the MTV Sports theme and licenses in numerous MTV shows ("Tough Enough 3," "MTV Cribs How To Live Like a Rock Star," "Making the Video," "Undressed," "Rodman World Tour," "The Road Home" and "Live Through This"). Klayton has also appeared on MTV's "Headbanger's Ball," "Lunch with Jesse" and "Xposed Video Secrets Revealed," as well as the Howard Stern Show.
With the release of the debut record, the accompanying tour schedule and the support of the "Cellmates" street team, Klayton unshackles and unleashes his vision, the concept Celldweller.