Born John Dadzie but known artistically as 12th Planet or Infiltrata, this dubstep DJ and producer hails from Los Angeles, U.S. He is known for bringing bass music and dubstep to the North American mainstream.
Dadzie grew up in the southern part of Los Angeles. He first discovered electronic music in high school at raves and jungle parties. Under the DJ name Infiltrata, Dadzie joined forces with DJ Lith to create Imperial Recordings. The new label allowed him to produce original bass and drum beats.
In 2006 Dadzie took his musical career towards a new direction: dubstep. His new musical alias 12th Planet alludes to the novel “The 12th Planet” by author Zecharia Sitchin, which theorizes the existence of another planet called Nibiru. The sci-fi geek explains his music is supposed to feel like “a trip to the 12th planet and back.”
12th Planet has collaborated with big names like Skrillex, Datsik, Doctor P, Plastician, and Skream. The track “Reasons” is a collaboration with Doctor P and was declared by SPIN Magazine as one of the “30 Greatest Dubstep Songs of All Time.” SPIN Magazine has acknowledged 12th Planet as the “King of Dubstep” and UK magazine MixMag dubbed him “US dubstep godfather.”
12th Planet has taken on leadership roles in the music industry including revamping SMOG records in 2007. He continues to be successful as both a producer and a DJ touring internationally in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. 12th Planet has frequented popular EDM festivals like the Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra, Beyond Wonderland, and Nocturnal.