Earning his nickname after teaching himself how to use a KORG D-1200 digital recording studio at the young age of 12, Jecorey “1200” Arthur uses his natural musical talents to break down genre barriers and create positive change in his hometown of Louisville, Ky. and beyond. An exemplary renaissance man, Arthur is currently the music education manager at Louisville Public Media, a Professor of Percussion Studies at Simmons College of Kentucky, as well as Executive Director at Athiri, a nonprofit he founded to better communities through social justice art. The through-line cutting across all of his professional endeavors is his commitment to creating genre-defying music–a fusion of classical and hip hop that combines classical instrumental layers with hard-hitting and crisp rhymes–echoing the social justice issues that are close to his heart. His 2017 double soundtrack album, Seance and Spirit, adds a layer of spirituality and transcendence to this musical mission, blending hip hop, classical, electronic and gospel to narrate the spiritual journey of a man traveling through Hell and Heaven.
Despite roadblocks and criticism, Arthur has succeeded in showing people the relevancy and compatibility between the two words of hip hop and classical music. As an educator, he has taught music to more than 150,000 students from around the world. As a performer he has played festival lineups such as Big Ears Festival, Forecastle Festival, Jungfrau Erzählfestival in Switzerland, and multiple symphony orchestras around the country. With an unbreakable commitment to his style and cause, Arthur is sure to inspire generations to come.