Members: Danny Keys, Ralf Valencia, Manny Patino, Keith Cooper, Logics, Newsense
ArtOfficial consists of Danny Perez on Keys, Manny Patino on Drums, Ralf Valencia on Bass, and Keith Cooper on the Saxophone with vocals provided by emcees Newsense and Logics.
The set up alone beckons the questions "What does a live band with two emcees sound like?" Well, imagine Soulive with a harder edge or The Roots, but jazzier, denser, and more spontaneous. Envision blending your favorite groups from Hip-Hop's Golden era and replacing their sampled beats with Jazz musicians. Jazz cats with a real knack for creating that boom-bap sound that made us all fall in love with Hip-Hop in the first place.
Part of the ArtOfficial experience is seen in their stage shows. ArtOfficial's live performances have earned them a reputation as extraordinary showmen that according to the Miami New Times "gets butts moving!" ArtOfficial has played over 150 shows in their 2 years together and shared the stage with the likes of Krs-One, The Sugarhill Gang, Pharaoh Monch, and Buckshot as well as performing at 2007's Rock the Bells festival headlined by Wu-Tang and Nas. In 2008 ArtOfficial was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Florida Grammys Showcase and also beat out 1000+ bands to earn the 2nd runner up position in Lollapalooza's Last Band Standing.
ArtOfficial has recorded a full length follow up to their much praised and independently released EP, "Stranger". The album, titled "Fist Fights and Foots Races" is distributed in Japan via Goon Trax/Media Factory and is proving to be a hot seller since its release in early April 2008.
Today ArtOfficial is constantly performing and expanding on an already growing fan base. Currently ArtOfficial is working on their US release and according to the band, it's everything you'd expect from their energetic live shows, but expanded and executed to perfection.