Fort Knox Five
In the beginning, there was the one — the funk. A primal rhythm to connect humanity to each other and beyond. But from the one, arose Five… the Fort Knox Five — soldiers of the funk dedicated to inject the world with booty-shaking, hip grinding, funk-da-fied beats!
Originally formed in Washington DC in 2003, and inspired by the funk, soul, hip hop and punk rock of their youth, the Fort Knox Five solidified into a 4-piece band comprised of Steve Raskin, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers, and Sid Barcelona. The fifth slot in the “Five” remained open for collaboration – working with such vocal talents as Mustafa Akbar, Afrika Bambaataa, and Joe Quarterman.
Combining live instrumentation with electronic music, Fort Knox Five create grooves that shift effortlessly from funk to house, reggae to glitch hop all the way through to prime time bangers helping to pioneer a modern funk revolution that have seen them touring and performing for nearly two decades alongside industry giants and icons including The Beastie Boys, Jurassic 5, Z Trip, and Krafty Kuts.
With the untimely passing of Jon H, Steve Raskin has taken over as the principle DJ for the group and now leads the charge of the Fort Knox brigade on the road into the funky future. He tours their signature brand of glitched out funk with high energy sets in any setting from world famous clubs to some of the largest festivals across the globe.
After nearly two decades of creating solid gold funk in the gritty underground of the Nation’s Capital, Fort Knox Five keeps evolving. Steve recently relocated to British Columbia Canada, where he continues building FK5’s sonic archive of floor-rocking music, overseeing music production, live shows, and streams. Rob Myers collaborates cross-continentally on production and song writing while also touring with Thievery Corporation, and Sid Barcelona oversees the operations of the group’s label, Fort Knox Recordings.