An international force and shapeshifting duo, KMLN (pronounced “Kameleon”) unites Italian producer/multi-instrumentalist Christopher Tooker and Canadian DJ/fashion designer Shawna Hofmann into a genre defying electronic sound that showcases their pioneering talent and global inspiration. May it be a prime time or sunrise set, they adapt to any surrounding and deliver unexpected genre-bending performances often featuring instrumentalists and dancers on stage, bridging the electronic and live music worlds and creating an unparalleled dance floor experience. As world travelers and cultural observers, KMLN creates an astonishing trip through time and music, blending elements of deep house/techno and global/future bass, moving through tempos with layers of intricate lush melodies, rolling basslines and organic rhythms. With releases on Crosstown Rebels, Endless, Touch of Class and its own label KMLN records, their music is played by many DJs including Acid Pauli, M.A.N.D.Y, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus, Thugfucker and Luca Bacchetti.
Birthed in Berlin in 2011 by Christopher and now ex-partner Alex Moaca, KMLN quickly rose to fame because of its innovative addition of live musicians, which previously wasn’t part of the Berlin electronic scene. Within six months, they played all of Berlin’s world famous clubs followed by shows in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Sweden, France and Italy throughout 2012.
In 2013, Christopher relocated to Los Angeles and a new evolution of KMLN was born when he joined forces with Shawna Hofmann, a trend- setting architect of the Bay Area and West Coast music/art scene. Drawing from a wide range of influences, the new union of KMLN quickly won crowds over at some of the biggest festivals and clubs in Mexico, West Coast USA, Canada, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan including BPM, Time & Space, Secret Island, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis Gathering, Burning Man, Shambhala, Bass Coast, and KMLN’s own world-traveling party “Electric Safari”.
About Christopher Tooker
Christopher grew up in a very unique environment. His Finnish/American father authored several books on unconditional love, and his mother owns the first fully sustainable bed & breakfast on the island of Sardinia, Italy. Much of his youth was spent traveling with his dad on magnificent journeys worldwide to witness sacred sights throughout England, Ireland, North Africa, France, and 3 coast to coasts in America. At the age of 9, his passion for dance brought him to perform Italian shows as Michael Jackson. As a self-taught musician from the age of 14 with years spent in bands and extensive touring, Christopher was part of two successful Italian bands (Sony BMG – Warner), with several albums and videos that had rotation on MTV and All Music Italy. During 10 years of experimenting with genres and instruments, he created a 7 piece jazz-improv act, was the singer of a stoner rock band, a guitar and bass player in a successful electro-pop group and the drummer of a “Tool” inspired Italian heavy metal band. In 2010, upon moving to Berlin and hearing its innovative electronic soundscape, he immediately became inspired to merge his musical past with the sounds of the future, creating KMLN.
About Shawna Hofmann
Shawna’s passion for music began in early childhood attending the Winnipeg Music Folk festival in Canada, where she was exposed to musical genius from all over the planet, refining her ear for the origins of all types of music. At the age of 16, she hitchhiked throughout Mexico supporting herself with carving found materials and seeds into jewelry. Next came Thailand where she learned to fire dance and tattoo, then India to follow her passion for Vipassana meditation and eventually lived and traveled throughout Europe. Upon her return to America and settling down in the SF/Bay Area, the art of fire dancing, which was still unseen to most, turned her from being an introverted hermit to a sought after performer. Constructing her own costumes lead to her own fashion line that became a vastly trend-setting force in the underground festival scene worldwide. In 1999, she began performing as a DJ brewing eclectic fusions of future/global bass, moombahton, dancehall, cumbia, house, techno, disco, UK funky and tropical. She quickly became a favorite West Coast DJ and for 15 years, has been an inspirational force, cross-pollinating through various West Coast scenes and pioneering the cutting edge.