K-Klass began in Manchester’s most iconic venue The Hacienda. That’s where original members Paul Roberts, Carl Thomas, Russ Morgan and Andy Williams all met. It led to them releasing their groundbreaking EP ‘Wildfire’ which helped to define and popularise a techno and house sound that until then had scarcely touched the UK.
Andy and Carl had already been members of 808 State who had played on the early house scene. There weren’t any set blueprints for the group at the beginning, they nabbed a mixer and an SH-101 and saw what happened. They took five tracks to Eastern Bloc in Manchester before they even had a name.
Branching out from The Hacienda, they enlisted Bobbi Depasois as a vocalist and became key residents at various different dance brands. In the nineties, they released two albums and their single ‘Rhythm Is A Mystery’ reached #3 in the UK top 40. They have since become influential remixers working on tracks by artists such as Kylie Minogue, Geri Halliwell and Bobby Brown.
Their remix of Samantha Mumba’s ‘Baby Come On Over’ even earned them a Grammy nomination. Since they left Parlophone Records, Williams and Thomas left the group but K-Klass are still very much alive.