RTKAL is a singer, MC and performer making new work which draws from the deep heritage of ROOTS music. RTKAL is one of a handful of contemporary artists consciously blending traditional ROOTS techniques like CALL AND RESPONSE and WORD – SOUND – POWER with modern digital innovation, such as the potential of BEATS PER MINUTE (BPM) to alter human response.
RTKAL has built his roots skills touring with stalwart sound systems VALVE and CHANNEL ONE. He has performed alongside artists including RUDIMENTAL, WU-TANG CLAN and SKINNY MAN and at events such as GLASTONBURY, RED BULL CULTURE CLASH, BOOMTOWN and OUTLOOK. His chart successes include PUTTIN’ IN THE WORK with GHOST WRITERS and RUN YOUR MOUTH with NOISSES FT LADY LESHURR. FOREIGN BEGGARS was named BEST URBAN MUSIC VIDEO of 2012 by the UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS.
RTKAL has been active in music since his teens; touring the UK as a founder member of PUNCH’s DECYPHER COLLECTIVE he learned how different beats impact audiences in different ways. His most recent mixtape, SKUNK ROCK VOLUME 1 (2015), brought him a new contemporary audience, a project with producer GAVSBORG from Jamaica’s EQUIKNOXXX MUSIC – HERBS AND PRAISE – designed to build bridges between Jamaican and British styles,
“With this project I hope people will understand the journey music goes on. I want to be a true student of the game, taking inspiration from the greats and passing it on to the next generation.”
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