Amp Live is the latest up and coming beat maker hailing from California, one of hip hop’s most thriving centers. Amp’s building a rep as one of cali’s most talented and diverse producer/djs. After his dreamy soulful beats for Zion I, he has been able to produce for major and independent artist such as Akon(Warner), Flipsyde(Interscope Records), Nicole Schercenger of the Pussy Cat Dolls(Interscope), the album “Moneys My Motiviation” for bay area hyphy artist Kafani(Koch), the remix for “Place for My Head” by Linkin Park on the platinum selling Reanmation Album, the soul smash single of 2003-2004 titled “Closer” by the r&b artist Goapele(Sony Records), and a gritty, rough track for LA phenomenon Mystic on the debut hit album Cuts for Luck Scars for Freedom (Goodvibe/Interscope) called “Girlfriend Sistagirl”.
Most importantly, Amp Live’s most recent success has been his critcally acclaimed “Rainydayz Remixes” album for the rock group Radiohead’s In Rainbows LP. Always experimenting, Amplive has done breaks, house, 2 step, dance, electro, mashups, and drum ‘n bass, including a remix for Philly MC Bahamadia on “Pep Talk”, the hip hop group Zion I, a electro music LP Electrowonderland Vol 1 (2006), and a new Electrowonderland Vol.2.
In the past years, Amplive has been a part of the video game industry, having his production being one of the main features for the Sony Traxxpad and also a basketball player character in the NBA 2K6-2K7 video game. Finally, Amp’s beats have been featured on a number of movies and tv shows, which include “So You Think You Can Dance”, “Dirt” by Courtney Cox, “Friday Night Lights”, “Honey”, “Big Fat Liar”,”Leperchaun 4″, “Americas Top Model” by Tyra Banks, ESPN Sports center, and the “Jamie Kennedy Show”.
"The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a concerto as ‘a piece of music for one or more main instruments with an orchestra’ but the new album by Amp Live seeks to redefine what an orchestra is. The Californian based Amp Live gives us a variety of sounds, feels, emotions and concepts with this 14 track album. Track seven, No.1 in D minor, Op. 2 Potencia is just over a minute long, but quickly moves from sounding like an old GameBoy soundtrack on steroids to include an electronic voice-over Gregorian chant and an ethereal choir. The whole album is full of different ideas, some of which don’t always to fit together."-- The Metropolist
"Amp Live, one-half of Zion I, has a knack for creativity—see his fantastic hip-hop remix of Radiohead’s In Rainbows feat. Too $hort and Del the Funky Homosapien. On this, his newest solo work, Amp Live writes a concerto the way he knows best: programming, producing and digital arranging. Headphone Concerto may not need wine and cheese, but listeners will definitely want a quality set of headphones to truly enjoy this juxtaposition of sounds. Standouts include “Last Wall” (feat. the Grouch & Eligh) and “Ihearthiphop” (feat. Planet Asia, Opio, Mike G, Gift of Gab, Codany Holiday). "-- Music Connection