About CiKxHEI [sik – and – hi]
…the men behind the music…
CiKxHEi (Sick and High) is a West Palm Beach, Florida Indie Duo defining and reforming the hip-hop industry. CiKxHei define themselves by their distinctive sound creating what some have dubbed as “abstract rap” a melodic mix of soul, pop, electronic, and urban elements creating a dreamy layered and textured sound.
CiKxHEi is fronted by both Nicholas LaIuppa (CIK) and Anthony Heising (HEI). Nicholas LaIuppa is the front man of this creative group; he is an artist in the true sense of the word, with his passion lying in words and design. CiK is a poet, MC, actor, and trendsetter; trail blazing all paths that are chosen and opened to him. Anthony Heising is fire in this group, intoxicating fans and listeners with the musical canvas he designs lending itself to help cultivate what is well recognized as CiKxHEi’s signature sound. HEi is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and arranger.
CiKxHEi (Sick and High) got their start in the music industry in 2006 as two high schooler’s looking for something fun to do. What started off as a way to entertain themselves and kill some time quickly grew into something much more serious and passionate.
After recording their first song in a professional studio they realized that they would be better off learning the process of recording, mixing, and mastering themselves, so that’s exactly what they set out to do. For the next four years they spent countless hours in their home studio learning their gear and honing their craft.
In 2010 they released their first album, Test Subject: The First Of Its Kind, a textured, dreamy, experimental and alternative Hip-hop album. It was a culmination of what they had learned in the past few years. In the years to come Nick and Anthony turned their focuses to the business side of things; honing their sound, banding, and marketing.
In 2012, after taking mixing and recording classes with Millher Demesmin, CiKxHEi opened DreamMachine Recording Studios to the public. Working with other artists gave them the opportunity to share the vast knowledge they gained through the trials and tribulations of being independent artists. This is where CiKxHEi began to formulate their plan of becoming an independent label and multi-media company.
In 2012 CiKxHEi began working on their second album, which is their first official release to the public. What was then called Late Nights, Early Mornings and is now called Rise & Labor is themed around hard work, stamina, and the balance of extreme dedication with letting loose.
Through their deep connection with independent artists Nick and Anthony became infatuated with the culture. This is what they pulled from for inspiration in creating Rise And Labor. They felt the amount of inspiration, dedication, and tribulations of pursuing ones dreams deserved more than just a soundtrack to move to. CiKxHEi decided to create an accompanying Rise and Labor movement to help bring to light what other creatives and innovators are doing. The goal of the Rise & Labor movement is to inspire creativity, innovation, and drive for all those wild minded dreamers out there.
In moving forward, CiKxHEi are continually pulling from all of their past experiences. They believe that the fundamentals of the Rise & Labor movement will always speak to their core but their music is naturally ever evolving. They thoroughly believe that as long as they remain authentic and true to themselves they will have no limits. Creating and innovating is their lives, CiKxHEi aim to push culture forward and to inspire along the way.