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About The Problem Kids


With a sound as vibrant as the city that made them, The Problem Kids are a 6-piece Miami band on a mission to spread their infectious music to the rest of the world. Just one spin of PK and it’s apparent they are a true product of their culturally-diverse, frenetic environment. Is it Island Hop? Tropical Urban? Nu Wave Rap?! Label them what you will, but with a fiery mix of street-wise “Spanglish” rhymes, pulsating beats, and luscious sing-along melodies, one thing is for certain - these Kids aren’t playing around.

 

PK's undeniably fresh sound is characterized by the group’s willingness to bounce effortlessly between vintage hip-hop, roots rock, and Caribbean salsa rhythms without missing a step. For some, this could prove to be a messy mix, yet the band's crafty songwriting and keen awareness of musical space allow their disparate influences to blend together seamlessly. With creative arrangements and catchy melodies in place, the storytelling lyricism from two witty emcees seal the signature PK sound. Whether calling to mind the pain of communist struggle from their Cuban forefathers, or reciting coming-of-age tales of youth in sunny paradise, the captivating rhymes ensure their listeners are moved through both thought and sound.

 

But it’s not just their music alone that defines PK. In a city that relishes its stature as an non-stop entertainment destination and a multicultural hub, The Problem Kids’ live show embodies that true Miami spirit, uplifting their audience on a thrill ride thru the Magic City... borrowing scenes from the throbbing night clubs of South Beach, the rhythmic streets of Little Havana, and even the urban artistry of the mural-filled Wynwood district.

 

The PK live experience is THE raucous, all-night private party you want to be at - and luckily, everyone is invited. With a stunning display of musicianship, stage presence, and pin-point vocal accuracy, The Problem Kids pride themselves on engaging their audience wholeheartedly through a sick stage show.

 

The band’s line-up is a mix of some of city’s most reputable musicians, coming together from a variety of former groups. Drummer Nick Lebess and saxophonist/keyboardist Humberto Casanova bring many years of road experience having performed with veteran jazz/rock outfit Day Music Died. Bassist Eddy Davis and guitarist Omar Williams joined forces early on with alternative pop group Addax, while emcees Marty Obregon and Tish Martinez began writing together as The Dream Team in college.

 

In 2010, The Problem Kids dropped their first full-length album, Poetry in Motion, which introduced the masses to their vibrant sound and featured some of Miami’s top emerging talent including songstress Anna Palmerola on the track “Ride with Me,” and rising reggae artist AG Lyonz on “Hold Me Down.” The album was well-received with local press, and catapulted the group to a busy show schedule, which included opening slots for hip-hop legends Chuck D, Uncle Luke, Rakim and more in 2012 alone.

 

Though the group cherishes the accolades they’ve received thus far, PK has kept their nose to grind, meticulously crafting their highly-anticipated sophomore EP (due out late 2013). In the words of emcee Marty, their “storytelling qualities got the whole city on their toes,” which is certainly the case until the next Problem Kids chapter is revealed.

Ed Davis - Bassist

Bassist Eddy "ScissorHands" Davis has long been a contributor to Miami's live music scene. Having been a part of two rather successful local acts - Outereach and Addax - Ed brings a decade of songwriting and performance experience to the group. Born into a family of musicians, rhythm and melody guide his life.

Tish - MC

Christian Martinez aka Tish aka Trigga was born into a Cuban-American family surrounded by music 24/7. From an early age, I was inspired by many different sounds of music from The Temptations, Barry White, Sade, Whillie Chirino, Benny More, Guns n Roses, Nirvana to Wu Tang clan, A Tribe Called Quest,  Bone Thugs n Harmony, Notorious BIG and Tupac just to name a few. At The age of 16,  I started experimenting writing my own rhymes and messing around beat boxing. Shortly after, I decided I wanted to make a career out of music and took the first step and got my audio engineering degree. Influenced by the production skills of Dj Premier, Rza, Pete Rock, J Dilla and Rick Rubin, I started to make beats as well. In 2008, me and my friend Mario aka Marty started recording records to the beats I had created at my house and formed the Dream Team, who would eventually recruit more musicians out of Miami and turn their sound into what is now known as the PROBLEM KIDS. 

Omar Williams - Guitar

Omar Williams was born into a musically inspired family with a common dedication to pursuing goals. Encouraged by his family and inspired by the likes of A Perfect Circle, Tool, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, & Glassjaw etc. I decided at an early age to stop “listening” from the sidelines and get into the game by picking up an instrument and creating music. Self-taught on guitar, bass, and drums, I have been striving for music excellence since middle school. Formally involved with local South Florida outfits such as Still Movement, Air Bag Morning, Baser, The Racket Club, Otoo, Minnow, Anna Palmerola and most reputable to date Addax, I found myself overwhelmed by the Problem Kid’s talent level, motivation, and shared dedication to enriching lives through music. Enough so to pick up my guitar and join forces with Problem Kids in their journey to create a unique and unparalleled sound with an invigorating live show to match.

Nick Lebless - Drummer

Born from Cuban parents, I was influenced by music at an early age. My parents always played Miami Sound Machine, Willy Chirino, Jimmy Buffet, The Beatles, Michael Jackson etc. Man this list goes on forever. As I grew a little older, I decided to get my feet wet in music. I knew that Drums was what I wanted to do and spent an entire summer playing for about 10-12 hrs daily. First song I ever learned was "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. I kept learning Nirvana songs and all the early 90's Seattle Rock bands, along with some Biggie & Tupac as well. The rest is history.

Hip Hop is where my music has taken me, but I am still Rocking with Day Music Died & making moves with the Problem Kids.

Marty - MC

Mario Obregon aka Marty was born and raised in Miami, FL to Cuban parents. Music was always very important in life growing up, and the first instrument I took up was the piano. As a child, I was influenced by different genres of music, from The Beatles, The Eagles, Buena Vista Social Club, and many more. But my love for music really started when I got into Hip Hop. I never really started writing music till around college, but I was always fascinated with lyrics and memorizing songs always came easy to me. So when Tish and I began to create music as the Dream Team, that was the start of the rest of my life. As we progressed, we decided that creating a band would take our music to another level. And with our love of all types of music, we set out on this journey that you see today as the Problem Kids.

Bert Casanova - Keys/Sax Player

HE NEVER SENT THE GROUP HIS BIO, SO YOU WILL HAVE TO ASK HIM WHEN YOU SEE HIM ABOUT HIS LIFE.