Cleveland Heights' Alternative Punk-Hop act Kounterclockwise formed over a decade ago in the heart of the South Bronx. From New York City, Kaya Rogue (Co-Producer, Co-Writer, Engineer, Singer & Musician) and Cleveland native Deacon Burns (MC, Producer, Songwriter, Musician & Engineer) quickly developed their skills while doing production work for several artists including DJ Swamp, Source, Yela Wolf plus over 50 other artists. They also scored the music for a full-length feature film; Love Rome by Carter B. Smith and their beats were featured on the television show “Skate Maps.”
In 2007, as the group was courted by several indie & major labels; fate took a wrong turn when Deacon had a tragic accident – breaking 5 vertebrae, several ribs, collapsed both lungs and had a hairline neck fracture. He suffered a severe spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis of both legs. As a true entertainer, Deacon decided that the show must go on no matter what. He spent his entire recovery time writing songs, accumulating an impressive catalogue of over 150.
Deacon is a music aficionado whose influences vary from Nine Inch Nails to Ol' Dirty Bastard. He plays multiple instruments (guitar, bass, ASR10 and a MPC 2000XL), is a gifted producer & songwriter, and even directs & edits videos. Kaya also plays multiple instruments (guitar, bass, and keyboards), is a singer and assists Deacon in both music and video production.
An entertaining part of the group’s live show is when the audience dresses up as different characters. Their concerts have been labeled as “visual art”.
It’s been a long time coming for Kounterclockwise to release their debut album, "Daylight Savings Time." The album is described as having a Native Tongue meets Marilyn Manson vibe.