Filmmaker / Performer / Singer / 3D Artist
Khappa MJ or KMJ or MJ is a filmmaker, performer, singer, producer, digital artist and a tireless creative force with an ongoing and limitless power for the entire artistic and creative process.
A very absorbing creative path before finding his own complex and full style. From old computer music softwares, in both music and digital imagery, and classical instruments to the modern technologies, from the Music Academy and the Arts High School to the first bands and the first CG animated shortfilm when he was only 20 years old, plus theatres, TV appearances, stages, commercial digital animations, feature films, music videos and collaborations.
At the beginning when he was very young, Khappa MJ starts in discovering the new emerging frontiers of the digital animation and soon he starts in working as a digital artist for commercial CD-Roms and for the games industry, learning the fundamental of the shooting and compositing techniques.
In the 1997 Khappa MJ opens a Daniele Silvestri concert at Verona. In the meantime he starts new collaborations with DJs of the european electronic music scene and, once gave up his first official band project (the Atomix), he joins an Alan Parson’s cover band but just as singer.
Khappa MJ opens, as an extra, the first season of ever at the Royal Opera House Muscut for Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, as he has previosuly worked with as an extra for the Arena of Verona, and Placido Domingo. Watching these and other masters, Khappa MJ can compare how they express the feelings for each character and how this factor impacts the spectator.
Later he produces his first music video, Flashback arranging and managing the entire production process and in just about a month he raises the budget for his second music video just by himself. MJ performs few roles for italian TV Spots, until he decides to write and produce his first feature film: Fire of Darkness.
In this production Khappa MJ manages the entire workflow, writing the script, raising the budget, casting and coordinating the entire staff and of course directing the film.
Some very hard and bad times of his life. A stolen song, the disease of the father and the death of the mother, but a unique passion we can find once in a century! This and more is called Khappa MJ.
The music path.
When Khappa MJ has started his first artistic studies at the Music Academy of Verona when he was only 9 years old. Soon, discovering the new capabilities offered by the digital evolution, Khappa MJ got involved by these new fascinating frontiers for both music and visual art. In the meantime KMJ entered the Arts High School and that’s been another significant aspect of his own formation.
The age of 16 bits.
The new horizons offered by the computers era in the music making process and the improvements of the digital graphic technologies have built the pillars for his creative growth driving the destiny to the music, digital animation and modern compositing techniques in the film and video making process.
As a singer, since he was a little guy, he came across tons of music genres, playing in few district bands. Electro, industrial, rock, hard rock, dance, retro, metal and grindcore, punk rock, jazz, blues, country but pop music has been the music genre able to catch his passion more than all others.
Khappa MJ doesn’t like to play games anymore, but the old 16 bits computers have been a window for discovering digital art and the link to the emerging graphic and music tecniques. He was extremely fascinated by the way to create music videos just using computer as a powerful tool of creativity and freedom.
For sure many artists want to express themselves using different ways and Khappa MJ is absolutely one of them.
The first music band: the “Atomics”.
After few experiences in minor young bands, it became the right time for KMJ for forming his first band called “Atomics”. The sound they produced was a combination of industrial rock and some electronic influences. In the second half of the 90s this style was very common in many music genres.
The “Atomics” band was formed by 4 elements: drummer, bass guitar player, guitar player and the singer Khappa MJ.
He introduced to the rest of the band some basetracks made using the 486 PC CPU computer and a software coming from the old and innovative Amiga computer. That’s was an absolute uncommon and innovative solution for the 90’s music scene at Verona.
“Danger: radiations“, “Mercenaries“, “Beneath a steel sky” (title inspired by a famous 90s game) and the first “Atomic city“. These were some of the songs title that revealed their futuristic and pioneering music vision.
Singing for Job
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Collaborations with big names.
In the 1998 when Khappa was still a guy, one of the young band were he had played for, got an amazing opportunity to play at a gig opening for a Daniele Silvestri‘s concert. Later he just started other collaborations with DJs and producers for new songs in Italy and later in UK where he based his own studio: the K-Storm-Studio.
Theatres and Shortfilms.
In the next time several new unexpected experiences for few theatres were coming.
Working for the Arena theatre of Verona Khappa MJ met some of the major directors in the World. Ugo Deana, Francesco Micheli and Franco Zeffirelli. To Royal Opera House of Muscut (capital of the Sultanate of Oman) in the Arab Emirates just working with the Arena team he launched the first opera season of the arab countries directed by the conductor Placido Domingo.
Just acting various roles and being a supporter in the short film of Matteo Mercanti “The girl in red” alongside the famous actor Fabio Testi. He has also met a few other directors and great interpreters, such as Matteo Ierimonte, young director and winner of the award “director emerging” at Berlin Film Festival 2014, Annamaria Zaccaria and other amazing performers in the making of his first film called: Fire of Darkness.
For the italian television he has worked with a very popular italian anchorwoman, Antonella Clerici, at the house of Juliet. He has also acted few tv spots like Gardaland Park, but of course, his music career has another flavour.
Regrettable experiences and hard times.
How many times all we think that lives of artist lives are only easy and brightful, but the truth is differtent. In case of Khappa MJ unfortunately he came across few bad experiences along his career. A stolen song, two worthless producers, the premature death of his mother and the his father’s disease but as always… there is no gain without pain. Khappa doesn’t wanna talk very much about the bad memories of his life! He love to remember instead all his best times. It’s time to thrust again in other persons and of course, keep working on his career and making his music and all other ideas as he can.
The Fall, the Fire, the Passion!
After some bad experiences of his life and also happened during his career, the fire and the passion that he still feels inside and that beats like his heart, are still pumping and standing up once again. In the 2013 He was working on his first film Fire of Darkness. He has acted in some TV spots, He counted three singles out and one EP. KMJ is also working on his first new album and in 2016 he has released another new single called “Pure Energy“. Now it’s the time of his Youtube channel and the Khappa MJ Website Platform. The core of the entire activity as the simpliest way to get in touch with my people, sharing all new content with them. Are you in?
2018 the new K-Storm-Studio and London
Khappa MJ made his most decisive career move during the spring of 2018 when he rebuilt his entire studio and after a long artistic process where he has mixed his own natural flavour with new powerful and modern techniques.
The sound that KMJ is actually producing can reflect what he basically has always dreamed. He wanted to do what most of the modern producers do for some major artists. Working with a lot of electronic is how basically all the modern music sounds like, but this without forgetting how to create a catchy and melodic music line, also mixing the traditional and always loved instruments like pianos, real drums and guitars.
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