The Rondo Brothers are the bastard prince and diamond jim, two bay area based multi-instrumentalists, DJs, and producers. they became the Rondo Brothers in 2004 after living in New Orleans for several months working with Galactic on the ruckus album, and getting into a hotel hot tub with all of their clothes on.
Having already contributed to various projects through friend Dan The Automator such as Deltron 3030, Dr Octagon, and Lovage, the rondo brothers made their own breakthrough album “No Time Left On Earth” which was a clever take on Hawaiian music mixed with beats and electronics and earned them a spot opening for the Handsome Boy Modeling School White People tour in 2005.
Subsequently, the Rondos were invited to join Head Automatica, a side project for Glassjaw frontman Daryl Palumbo, and this crew went on multiple national tours opening for The Cure, Interpol, Thursday, the Rapture, and more.
While gaining accomplishments as live musicians, the Rondos wrote and recorded on dozens of commercial scores, films, and television shows, as well as getting opportunities to turn in remixes for artists such as Lily Allen, Common, the Beatles, Shwayze, Peeping Tom, and others. They scored a series of NFL cartoons and wrote the song “Ocho Cinco” that gave Chad Johnson his now famous legal nickname.
In 2007 a second record was released, “Seven Minutes To Midnight”, which found them still a wider audience and they embarked another Automator tour, supporting Chali2NA, Casual, and Andre the Giant on a national tour supporting the NBA 2K7 video game.
Now heavily in demand producers, the Rondos produced with Bay Area indie favorites Loquat, nerdcore hero MC Lars, as well as tracks for artists such as Scissors For Lefty, Kid Beyond, the Lovemakers, the Matches, and many others.
In 2008 they were offered a chance to record tracks with metal-guitarist guru F Sean Martin from Hatebreed who was working with legendary bay area MC Motion Man on a project called King Beast – the Rondos and Motion Man hit it off, and the three started working on a new project of their own, the Foreign Globester.
in 2009 the rondos finished two album for MC Lars, and currently are working as full-time producers for a side project with up and coming Australian brother duo the Kin, who were introduced to the rondos by producer and collaborator Jack Douglas.
Also accomplished songwriters.
In 2010 the Rondos release a cut of one of their co-writes on the new Galactic album, sung by R&B legend Irma Thomas, as well as a co-write on Alligator Records’ artist Eric Lindell.
2010 also saw the Rondo Brothers gain some of their most far-reaching success, as a co-write with the band Galactic, the song “Heart Of Steel”, was shouted out by NPR as a top single and also noted by the NY Times as one of the “best top ten songs of 2010” next to Cee Lo Green , Brian Eno, Eminem, and Neil Young. The song was featured in numerous TV shows including True Blood. Around this time the Rondo Brothers live drummer TIm Carter also contributed to UK superstar act Kasabian’s album, which was ultimately voted album of the year by the New Music Express.
The Rondo Brother also saw success with the phenomenally successful artist Foster The People who included the rondo brothers production of their song “Chin Music For The Unsuspecting Hero” on the single for the smash hit song “Pumped Up Kicks”.
2011 has seen the Rondo Brothers begin a variety of new projects, notably working extensively with folk-royalty artists Sarah Lee & Johnny, featuring Arlo Guthrie’s daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie. They also started work with Bay Area Gypsy/Punk purveyors Diego’s Umbrella on a full length album due to be released in 2012. They have also done several remixes for Foster The People as well as continued their near constant work on licenses and commercials.