Katastrophe (aka Rocco Kayiatos) is a San Francisco based rapper and producer. He's a seasoned vet on the mic and got his start competing in poetry slams in 1997. Combining his love of music and language, he started rapping and making beats in 2002. He uses his poetic grasp of language to weave dense tales of lives lived outside the mainstreams of education, gender, and culture. He makes hip-hop that explodes with dangerous and ebullient passion. Crafting both dark anthems of anxiety and righteous rage, and sexy, flirtatious, booty-shaking pop/rap bangers. Katastrophe is a wonder - both authentic and audacious, emitting enough raw energy to electrify Las Vegas and enough earnest analysis to save you years of therapy. He was crowned Producer of the Year by Out Music Awards for his debute album Let's Fuck, Then Talk About My Problems. Kayiatos has since released a second album entitled Fault, Lies and Faultlines and his third and best full length release, The Worst Amazing is set for release in October on 307 Knox Records. He has toured the US and Europe several times and continues to travel to support his releases. He is a feature in the documentary films Poetic License and Pick up the Mic. His video for the song "The Life" was on MTV networks LOGO top ten click list for 12 weeks. His music has helped soundtrack The Showtime Network's The L Word, as well as several short films. Kayiatos is the subject of a forthcoming biopic called The State of Katastrophe.
"Katastrophe shines as bright as any MTV rap luminary but does so by flashing lyrical skills, not bling... musically he stays in step with trendsetters like Missy Elliot and The Neptunes.
Kurt B Reighley, The Advocate
"Katastrophe's manic beats and wicked lyrics are anything but commonplace... the undeniably sexy MC with the Barry White deep growl." T Cooper, OUT magazine
"Katastrophe's music is funny, sad, angry and lyrically complex. Sometimes it sounds jagged, sometimes it sounds sweet. The music is a lot like Kayiatos -- dark and charming at once."
Rona Marech, San Francisco Chronicle
He has shared the stage with Le Tigre, Gossip, Saul Williams, Bitch, Chicks on Speed, Michael Franti, Dead Prez, John Cameron Mitchell, Kiki and Herb, Amy Ray, and many more.