Chill Clinton

Dan Rabb: Electronics, Guitar (electric), Keyboards | Mark Morante: DJ | Pat Knightly: Drums | Touch of CAS: MC | Elkin Zuluaga: Bass guitar | Dominic Burns: MC | Jessie Burns: MC

Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap, Reggae & Ska, Rock

Sound description: An electrifying take on hip-hop, showcasing beatbox grooves, street-smart lyrics, gritty guitar riffs, and spacey synth sounds.

RIYL: Thievery Corporation, Gorillaz, Sublime, Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against the Machine, the Meters

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Inception: San Diego, 2010

Influences: Gorillaz, Thievery Corporation, Beastie Boys


Based in North Park, Chill Clinton features guitarist/producer Dan Rabb and DJ Mark Morante, who met in the dorms at SDSU in 1998. After being in several separate San Diego bands over the years, they formed Chill Clinton in March, 2010.

“We were playing our first show at the Belly Up and, during the set, I was really getting into it, jumping around really trying to amp up the crowd,” recalls Morante. “Well, I got into it a little too much and didn't realize I kicked our guitarists cable out in the middle of his solo. He was still mad at me a couple years later.”

Drummer Sir Patrick Knightly joined in early 2011, and MC Touch of CAS joined in 2013. The band mixes electronics with live instrumentation, taking inspiration from dub, hip-hop, rock, and dancehall influences. Their full-length Lift and Cut was released in 2012.

Gig-wise, they've played support spots for Fishbone, Mickey Avalon, Capitol Eye and Stranger at San Diego venues ranging from dive bars to the Belly Up, the Casbah, Winston's, and House of Blues. The band has also been featured in the Coachella Valley Weekly and Boogie Magazine.

By 2017, the group had evolved from DJ-music to a live band by including Pat Knightly on drums and MCs Touch of CAS and dynamic MC-duo, the Brothers Burns.



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