Featured KRK User Thaddeus Dixon
A dedicated music director, drummer, and music producer, Thaddeus Dixon lives to create music and perform. While Dixon is a star, he would much rather focus on his craft than his fame. In doing so, he has inspired adolescents and young adults everywhere with his captivating journey and insurmountable passion.
From an early age, Dixon knew he was destined to drum. His parents enrolled him in drum lessons when he was only five, and he owned his first professional drum set by age 10. Viewing jazz composer Chick Corea as a role model, Dixon began playing in his church and other local venues. After attending one of the most prestigious performing arts high schools in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, he received a scholarship to Michigan State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in music.
Most recently, Dixon took his talent on the road, serving as musical director for pop singer Cody Simpson on Justin Bieber's "Believe" tour. Now back home, he is pursuing more solo ventures, producing his own tracks and compilations in his personal studio. Dixon uses the studio to demo tracks before heading to a major studio to cut the records. And since his personal studio is where most of the magic happens, he must work with the best equipment, which is why he relies on KRK gear.
As he has worked with some form of KRK Rokits in every studio he has ever recorded in, he felt no hesitation in purchasing the KRK Rokit Powered 10-3 monitors for his own use. "I'm a drummer, so I like everything loud," Dixon says. "I was always looking for a monitor that was bigger than a six - or eight - inch one but wasn’t as expensive as the other brands I was contemplating."
The KRK Rokit Powered 10-3 is a three-way system that enhances performance quality to provide its users with optimal listening conditions. Its radically curved front surface eliminates diffraction problems, and its high SPL output allows it to reproduce challenging, high-quality tracks for all music genres. Compact and sleek, Dixon says that the KRK Rokit Powered 10-3s provide him with the "true studio sound" he craves.
He is also using a KRK VXT8 mixing monitor in his studio. Visually striking and functional, the VXT8 also boasts the diffraction-limited curved, sleek surface and is one of the most accurate studio monitors available. "I wanted something that I could switch back and forth from that was similar to the KRK Rokit P 10-3, so I could have the best of both worlds," Dixon says. "The VXT8 has kick and power and loudness, but at the same time, it's better for mixing and has a bit more precision."
As his career continues to grow, Dixon maintains his focus on creating great music, always remaining grateful for his success. "When I was a kid, I would see Dave Weckl and other big-name drummers with tons of endorsement deals and sponsors," Dixon says. "I never thought I would be in the same position years later. It is such a blessing."
His advice for young kids just starting to dabble in the industry—not unlike what he did not too long ago—is simple. "Keep going," Dixon says. "We all want to give up at some point, but the biggest part of the battle is sticking with it and remembering to keep going."