Laced with punk and urban pop, Ceekay Jones’ music tells of the underbelly of the music scene: sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll, money and relationships, not necessarily in that order. The artist is a product of musical twists and turns, having taken his fans on trips with powerful vocals and raps from hardcore to melodic, to music for the masses. No matter what he’s belting, when Ceekay’s on stage, the energy’s at maximum level and the audience is captivated.
Ceekay’s desire to explore began when he was a young child growing up with pro athlete parents and two brothers who lived by the mantra, “No Boundaries.” Born Matthew Kirk in Springville, New York, Ceekay was racing motocross at the age of five. At ten, his family moved to Taos New Mexico where his parents, looking for a change, opened a youth hostel. Taos provided a predominantly Hispanic and Native American melting pot. Jones was a minority in his neighborhood, exposing him to gangs and cliques, giving him an understanding of what it’s like to struggle in a less than forgiving society.
Ceekay stayed busy with sports, finding passion in ski racing. He was a member of the US Jr. Olympic team when a friend gave him an early-model snowboard. Snowboarding was for outcasts and misfits, not allowed on the mountains of Taos at the time. He found ways to practice by hiking up mountains and sneaking runs or hitting the Colorado peaks, when possible.
After Ceekay graduated high school he moved to Steamboat, Colorado to pursue a career in snowboarding. He was soon noticed and sponsored by companies like Bonfire, Soloman and Arnette. He competed with and beat the likes of Danny Kass, Keir Dillon and Ross Powers. Eventually, snowboarding was admitted as an Olympic sport. While training for a shot at the Olympics in Japan, Ceekay – then still a teenager – blew out both knees.
While recuperating, Ceekay turned to music. Having been influenced by older brother, guitarist and composer Jacob Kirk, Ceekay began showing up to his good friend Norman Cutliff’s band practices. Often – out of impulse – he would grab the mic, wailing lyrics and freestyle rapping. This fit Ceekay all too well.
One day he received a call from Norman when the band’s lead singer didn’t show for a gig. That’s when he became the band’s official lead singer. After much regional success, it was time to take the band – they called Tabularasa – to California to test its power.
For two years, four friends lived in a ’78 Chevy van with one cell phone between them. They returned to New Mexico for a tour where they met up with a fan who’d inherited some money and wanted to help by buying them a 31 foot RV. This would be “home” for the next 3 1/2 years. They toured the SoCal beaches, playing what they called “infiltration shows,” where they’d pump up crowds with their songs until the police came to shut them down.
In six weeks of doing these shows, the band managed to sell 2,000 CD’s. Soon after, they landed a gig at 2005’s Vans Warped Tour. It was there that Danny Boy of House of Pain spotted Ceekay and invited him to hang. Ceekay’d always been a fan of House of Pain and the Punk/Underground Hip Hop sound, so this was a welcomed opportunity.
At the same time, Tabularasa’s members began to settle into relationships and slow down. Ceekay started recording solo with his brother, Nigel Starr and coincidentally ran into Danny Boy at Starr’s studio. Seemingly meant to be, Ceekay began working with La Coka Nostra, the band created by Danny Boy as a resurrection of House of Pain.
He also performed as a member of Stereo Chemix with Limp Bizkit’s John Otto and old friend Norman Cutliff, but the band broke up with the reuniting of Bizkit.
Ceekay’s continued work with La Coka Nostra led him to other collaborations that included well-known New York Hardcore acts with whom he began touring the world, playing for audiences of 10,000+.
Now solo, Ceekay Jones distills all the extreme ranges and styles he’s explored over the years into a powerful new sound. Currently, he’s in the studio recording with Nigel Starr (KRS One/Mad Lion, Ray J, 3rd Storee) and collaborating with the likes of Tim Armstrong (Rancid, AFI, Pink).
His fist-pumping battle cry, “Bad Attitude,” backed by heavy drum beats, guitar rock and techno, tells tales about surviving LA’s underground.
Other singles like the taunting track, “No Good,” and breakup song, “Keep Crying,” appeal to the mainstream because, like Jones says, “everybody’s been through this stuff at least once.”
His yet-to-be named album is set for release in 2011. For now, you can find the singles on CeekayJones.com and be on the lookout for Ceekay Jones, burning down a stage near you.
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