Featured KRK User Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins
Producer / CEO Darkchild Entertainment / Grammy Winner
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyonce to name a few. He started his music career playing the piano at the age of 5, a prerequisite for living under his father's roof (and one that has paid dividends!).
By the age of ten, "Darkchild" knew he wanted to be a producer and began landing garage-style production gigs. He entered a professional studio at the age of sixteen working with Patti LaBelle, and hasn't looked back.
In 1999, Jerkins won a Grammy with Destiny's Child for "Say My Name". He has produced music in a variety of genres, from hip-hop and dance to country and gospel, and continues to be at the top of his game. His Darkchild Entertainment studio complex in Los Angeles is decked out with the finest gear plus an incredibly talented team -- and that's where the magic happens.
Always the innovator, Rodney is using technology to find his next big stars. He currently uses a website called Blazetrak.com that has allowed him to "discover new talent and songwriters." He boasts, "I'm signing three song writers and producers now, just from Blazetrak. It's pretty awesome to be able to discover talent this way." When asked what he looks for in prospective talent he explains, "I'm looking for someone that's going to add something new, that's going to push us to new heights."
A KRK user for almost a decade, his studios in L.A., New Jersey, Florida and at home all feature a mix of Expose, VXT and ROKIT monitors. "I feel as though KRK has captured the essence of what my sound is. I look for something that's tight, that's punchy, that still has the low end, but still has the pristine clarity up top."
When working on tracks outside of the studio, both Jerkins and his engineer Michael Donaldson agree that KRK headphones are a great solution. Jerkins says, "Headphones need to almost sound as if you're listening inside the studio. It has to give you that same feel, like, wow, I just left out of the booth, and it feels like I'm still in the room. KRK is now - it literally is the foundation of my sound. I feel like KRKs have created something that not only myself but every producer or every aspiring producer or pro producer must have."