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If the performer you're watching isn't soaked in sweat and collapsed on stage at the end of their set, you're not watching p-teK. Combining a beast-like lyrical proficiency with the showmanship of the consumate entertainer, p-teK walks on a balance beam between indie and pop sensibilities. With a live backing band, p-teK merges soul, dance, electropop, and hip-hop into high-energy tracks that lie somewhere between Prince and Eminem.
Cutting his teeth in the underground hip-hop scene of Iowa City, IA, p-teK was born and bred on the Midwest ethos, winning rap battles and opening for indie greats like Doomtree and Sole before relocating to Austin, TX in 2008. In 2011 he self-released "Oh! What a Miracle!", his first LP in 5 years, which boasted a heartbreaking guest turn from Doomtree's Dessa. Praised by both the indie scene and the Dirty South, p-teK had positioned himself as a bridge between two opposite but equally beloved versions of hip-hop. On a mini-tour to accompany the release, p-teK once walked the streets of Chicago handing out albums for 12 hours straight. He limped home, but ran out of discs.
Currently, p-teK is working hard to cultivate a more unified hip-hop scene in Austin, TX while being more musically experimental and prolific than ever. With the help of KOOP Radio's Hip-Hop Hooray, p-teK founded the Austin Mic Exchange in 2012, an open mic night designed to give aspiring emcees a forum to show off their music and network with each other. In 2012 alone, p-teK has played with Astronautalis, Busdriver, and Cadence Weapon (at Fun Fun Fun Fest), worked with Mother Falcon for the Attendance Records program, independently produced 6 music videos, and released 3 original albums.
p-teK is aiming to see the local hip-hop scene in Austin grow and flourish, and ultimately looking forward to putting it on the map as the next major hip-hop city. And after playing a sold-out Prince tribute show on New Years' Eve 2012, he's looking ahead to his next LP with plans to merge soul, hip-hop, indie pop, and electronica into what promises to be one of the year's most exciting LPs.