Brooklyn native Rocker-T is guided by truth energy and high power life experience to vocalize the messages of peace, love and equality worldwide. He is a promoter of humanity and rights through music. His array of musical knowledge and the spiritual teachings he’s acquired throughout life have enabled him to not only blaze trails in many genres, but to create a unique voice which touches spirits around the world from all walks of life. Rocker-T is a social activist who believes in the power of love and the gifts of song and music. He regularly performs at human unity and awareness gatherings and willingly participates in cooking and serving at public free-food kitchens. He supports the Campaign For Tibet and The Ethiopian World Federation and has been an active member of Food Not Bombs and Rock Against Racism. Rocker-T has received public service awards from Americans For Safe Access and the Cannabis Action Network. Most recently he has started a merchandise brand called #LuvBomb. The goal of this brand is to promote Music Education in gang-ridden, war-torn and impoverished areas of the world.
Rocker-T has maintained his youthful exuberance, energy and sound quality both onstage and off throughout his twenty-eight year career through a spiritual and holistic lifestyle, and a grand love of life and music. He has been a huge influence on every music scene he has been involved in, beginning at a time when American born artists really did not perform Hip-Hop, RootsReggae or Dancehall in a West Indian Patois. In about three decades he has developed a complete musical and production skill set. He is sure to have even greater influence now and in the future. A man whose life has been created for music, Rocker-T is a happy pulsating force with an unlimited amount of energy and love to share with the world.
Rocker-T is an international underground sensation who is respected by many top Artists and Producers of multiple genres, and this popularity has enabled him to tour Japan, Europe, the Continental United States, the West Coast and Northeast many times in many forms, as well as the Midwest and Southeast, and in Canada, Mexico, Trinidad, and Panama. He has recorded internationally in Germany, Austria, Norway, Japan and the Netherlands. While he prefers that music would only be categorized in alphabetical order rather than genres, one can still note that he is quite stylistic with regards to Reggae, HipHop, Dancehall, Ska, Rock Steady, Dub, Dubstep, Jungle, Folk and Rock and even Classical and Traditional music.
Rocker-T currently performs live in multiple formations as a Singer, Guitarist, Melodica Player, Hand Drummer, MC and a DJ including solo acoustic and with the Fyah Squad, Dubsmashers, Defendher, Version City Rockers, Sonido Baylando and Jah Warrior Shelter HiFi. He is a veteran Band Leader, Mixing Engineer and Studio Producer. In certain settings he even holds healing Singing Bowl ceremonies and trains people in his own personal art of Buddha-Tao-Gung.
This man is a true pioneer and devoted promoter of both the roots and the modernal aspects of music. Rocker-T says he has “…a profound desire to see all humans choose a peaceful life with each other on this Earth, and to bring healing to the minds and hearts of Humankind whenever and wherever I sing and/or otherwise cause the Divine Sound to be audible.” His slogans are “Giv Thanks!” “BlessUP” “Yes-i!” and “Muzik iz Life!” and he continually trains and practices with close family and friends in the art and science of applying the methods and philosophies of music to everyday existence. We have attempted to describe him comprehensively in this small Biography. Ultimately he must be witnessed live for one to gain a true perspective of the musical gifts he gives.
Here is a decent attempt at describing Rocker-T’s musical history: At the age of three he began learning songs and singing in his Family’s church choir. He was trained to play the piano and sing by his Mother who encouraged him to master the classics. As well he was further educated by different piano and guitar teachers and also has College credits in Brazilian Guitar, Choir and Music Theory. Knowing he wanted to be a performer at an early age, he eagerly watched the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. in the movies. His love of The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix inspired him to write songs and study the guitar. When he first watched Joan Baez’s performance in the Woodstock movie (a poignant moment that would come full circle many years later) the cornerstone of the construction of the EmCee/Singer/Songwriter to be named "Rocker-T" was placed.
Before he was a teenager the first musical group he was involved in was a HipHop duo featuring himself then known as MC Shoe alongside his best friend DJ SM2. Around the same time, rap music was emerging in New York and groups such as Run DMC, BDP, and Eric B & Rakim really took hold of his heart and ears. Rocker-T’s name is inspired by his need to rock out and by the name of his favorite rapper of those times, T La Rock. Then during junior high school, he became influenced by U2, Earth,Wind & Fire, Pink Floyd, AC/DC and Devo. He got heavily into the Dub, Ska, Punk and New Wave sounds of groups like the Clash, Bad Brains, the Wailers and Burning Spear and artists like Yellowman, Augustus Pablo and Super Cat. He also began collecting Reggae records for the first time, and this period would become a major influence in the construction of his musical career. While in high school, he formed his own rock, new wave, and punk bands, all of which were met with much acclaim by students and faculty alike. It was these bands that transformed into the wildly popular and notable Ska-Reggae fusion band The Ska-Danks.
By 1989, The Ska-Danks had mutated into an underground Dancehall-Reggae-HipHop phenomenon. He then formed Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fidelity Sound System and became lyrical partners with Jamalski. Rocker-T and Jamalski were now on the scene and well known in the underground in New York, even singing at Heavy D’s birthday party organized by KRS-One, Ms. Melody and DJ Kid Capri. In 1991, Skadanks were signed by KRS-One to Edutainer/Elektra Records and KRS-One produced a Rocker-T lyric called “Whole World African,” which blew up and was Rocker-T’s first official entrance into the music industry. Then came the underground smash-hit “Put It On” on Jamalski’s Colombia Records release in 1993. Then in 1994, Skadanks released their first album "Give Thanks" on Elektra records elevating their already significant popularity. They had started the first reggae night at the world-famous Wetlands Preserve, a club boasting regular artists like George Clinton, Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler and Toots & the Maytals. Including DeeJaying, Hosting and Performing, Rocker-T has the most total appearances of any other artist in the history of the Wetlands. Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi was now also hosting parties at the Lion’s Den in Greenwich Village, which became the hottest party in New York City from 1994-1996 and was attended regularly by movie stars, music industry stars and NBA stars.
Rocker-T’s musical tastes and styles continued to evolve and in 1995, he was invited to the west coast to join Jah Levi and the Higher Reasoning, and toured extensively from Seattle to Santa Cruz. In his early West Coast tours with Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi they saturated the area with their authentic Jamaican style sound system and have been a major influence on the current West Coast sound system scene. He also travelled to Jamaica where he performed at the Portmore Entertainment Center opening for Jr. Cat and Capleton. During this time he was initiated by Rastafarian Elders into the true and living science of Word, Sound & Power and Nyabinghi chanting and drumming. By now, Rocker-T had been getting deeper into his consciousness and began the study of Tantric and Taoist practices. This deeper spiritual lifestyle began to take precedence in his life and dominate his lyrics. In this same year, he was asked to be one of the main front men for the newly-formed and presently renowned Cannabis Cup Band and played the High Times Magazine Amsterdam Cannabis Cup for the first of eleven times. He has been awarded Reggae Album of the Year and Pot Song of the Year by High Times Magazine. Notably, he backed and sang with Rita Marley for Bob Marley's induction into the Cannabis Hall of Fame, and opened for Spearhead, Culture and Andrew Tosh. He ultimately became the DJ Coordinator for the entire event and organized shows involving local Dutch DeeJays and international artists like Michael Franti and Kymani Marley.
In 1996, Rocker-T and Skadanks parted ways and in 1997 he returned to New York to team up with long-time Ska-Scene brethrens King Django of the Stubborn All-Stars and Agent Jay of the Slackers and Crazy Baldhead. That same year he produced and released his first solo album “Nicer by the Hour” with Agent Jay and Victor Rice for Stubborn Records. He continued to record many singles for King Django including “Fiya Bunn Roam”, “Version City Lady”, Wayfarer’s Parayer” and "Dread Inna Mi Heart". The NYC Rocksteady scene was in full swing and he formed the International Rastafarian Transport (IRT) Band which performed constantly around the scene in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. Continuing in the Version City Rockers flow “Alphabet City” was recorded before 2000 but did not see the light of day until 2011.
When San Francisco based producer Steffen Franz a.k.a. Stand Out Selector invited him to move out West in 1998, he recorded tracks for Franz's Positive Sound Massive label. The first product was the release of four tunes, "Tru Freedom Fighters" and "War Pan Pause" which featured Rocker's storm-the-mic days partner Jamalski, along with "Jah Everlasting” and the original "Tru Ganjaman," which to this day is a worldwide hit and fan favorite. In 1998, PSM released the "Tru Ganjaman" remix and the full length LP "If Yu Luv Luv, Show Ya Luv". These records are pure Rocker-T classics among his many fans, and the cover art of his "Tru Ganjaman" remix is noticeably present in a scene from the Ice Cube film "Next Friday." “Tru Ganjaman” is so popular that Rocker-T updates it every year with a new version which can only be heard at his live performances. It is one of the most remixed songs of all time boasting a 2016 compilation of 23 amazing redos of the original. To date, there are over 1.000,000 hits on YouTube for unofficial “Tru Ganjaman” videos, and he has released an official video version using the “Tru Ganjaman Megamix” soundtrack. A second album was recorded for PSM entitled “More Luv” and was released in 2002.
While touring in Colorado in the early 90s, Rocker-T made a long-standing connection with Ras Marcus Benjamin, D.J. Prophecy and Zion Way Recordings. They produced and released his album “Hold On Strong” in 2004.
In 2000, Rocker-T made his first appearance at Reggae on the River, an event that was marked by the obvious excitement of the backstage staff and front row fans over his presence. It was also at Reggae on the River that Rocker-T met and established a relationship with Joan Baez, the music icon who had greatly influenced his career early on, and with whom he would later record “The Way Life Should Be” in 2009. He was clearly the local favorite when he played the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in 2001 and 2004 and has played many top venues including NYC's Central Park, CBGBs, B.B. Kings, The Fillmore, The Hollywood House of Blues, Fox Theatre in Boulder and the Melkweg in Amsterdam. In 2008 he was awarded “Best Reggae Toaster In The Bay” by the East Bay Express. His most recent live-band and live-PA performances at the 33rd Annual Reggae on the River have been highly publicized and reported on. He is currently recording for a multitude of international music producers as well as finishing touches on a tribute album of Jamaican Oldies music entitled “Forward On” and is continuing to spread his #LuvBomb brand via the LuvBombArmy.
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