Keram Malicki-Sánchez (born 14 May 1974) is a Canadian actor, singer, writer and music and film producer born in Toronto to a Polish father and Ecuadorian mother. Quadrilingual, with fluency in English, French, Polish, and Spanish, he studied ecclesiastical and classical choral music at Michael's Choir School in Toronto, Canada. His debut into the world of music and acting began with musical theater and expanded outward from there. He has also appeared in films such as John Q, Happy Campers, American History X, and Crazy/Beautiful, as well as television series, among them CSI, 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, Saving Grace and Catwalk.
As a musician, Malicki-Sánchez began his own band, Blue Dog Pict, at age fourteen. The band released three albums: The Picture Album (1990), Anxiety of Influence: a nodding into...? (1992), and Spindly Light Und Wax Rocketines (1995) that were distributed by Distribution FUSION III out of Montreal, Canada.
In 1990, he founded Constant Change Productions, an independent record label, and new media company that still maintains an active online community 15 years later; a community that grew from its origins in the IRC chatrooms frequented by the administrators of Internex online (Canada's first ISP) in the early 1990s. The "Freedom v2.5" site (http://freedom.constantchange.com) is dedicated to Freedom of Information and searching for the truth by way of intelligent discussion on all topics. It is also frequented by "Sky Pirates" a name once used for fans of Malicki-Sánchez's band Blue Dog Pict, but later for those who were most loyal to the Constant Change ethic.
In 1995 Keram created Automated Gardens - an ambient electronic solo project and released a cassette tape called "Automated Gardens: AN4" that sold 1,000 copies and charted in the top independent sellers at the now extinct record store SAM the Record Man in Toronto. Keram later add Blue Dog Pict soundman and co-producer Joshua Miles Joudrie and later Jason "DJ Shine" Spanu" to the roster and the outfit played various raves in Ontario, Canada including sharing a bill with Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman.
Circa 1996, around the time of the release of Blue Dog Pict's third album Malicki-Sanchez also founded Robot Pride Day, an ironic annual global festival celebrated on August 4. (logs of the annual "state of the union" address can be found in the RPD archives at robotprideday.com
He also performs music under his own name and has songs on various original film soundtracks including MGM's Uptown Girls (released on Nettwerk Records), New Line Cinema's Happy Campers, and Broken for which he performed opposite the film's star Heather Graham in a video for the song "The Hanging Tree" that he composed.
January 25th, 2008, Keram released his solo debut acoustic album "Box, described as a precursor to his full-band record "Come to Life." It became a Top Seller at CDBaby.com, the album's distributor, within its first week.
In 2006, Malicki-Sanchez wrote directed and produced a one hour fictional film about this early online community and the Sky Pirates entitled "The Charge of the 08.ZIYA". The logline describes the film thusly: "A network of young rebels assume their online Sky Pirate personas to combat the Corprat Empyre in this fantastic rescue mission to restore the scope of imagination and save the next generation from an insidious marketing shell game." The film is scored by Automated Gardens, another of Keram's musical projects in collaboration with Joshua Joudrie and DJ Jason "Shine" Spanu.
Strongly entrenched in the New Media, Malicki-Sánchez has been invited to speak on various panels concerning technology and the arts by the North by Northeast (NXNE) music conference, the Toronto Sun, the 2007 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) in Las Vegas and the Toronto Star.
While a student at Ryerson University in Toronto, in the first year of the University's New Media program, he co-authored (with Lee Towndrow, a student in the radio and television program) one of the first ever enhanced CDs released by a band: Spindly Light und Wax Rocketines, Blue Dog Pict's third release, featured a MAC/PC compatible Myst-style video game about the legend of the Sky Pirates. Malicki-Sánchez worked directly with the CD manufacturer to create a method for putting the data on track 0 so that the listener could also just put the CD in their player and listen to music (considered an innovation at the time). He was later a student in the first years of UCLA Extension's Film, Television and Digital entertainment program.
Keram Malicki-Sánchez moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s where he continues to work and teach as an actor, write, and perform music live under the moniker "Keram". he is a regular at Hollywood's Hotel Cafe - a mainstay for many singer/songwriters including Imogen Heap, Rob Dickinson, Cary Brothers and Jeanette Napolitano.
In September, 2008, Keram launched the Keramcast - a podcast he hosts that is a digest for the topics discussed at his various blogs that include TheCulturepin.com, MusicZeitgeist.com and TheHV20Experiments.com