Karyo Band

Whistlers Green

Karyo is a five-piece alternative hip-hop band comprising long-time friends and musical collaborators Duncan Powell Luke Fain Tom Guilding and Henry Wilson with the recent addition of certified bone-digga Ollie Taylor on horns. Their sound pays homage to the boys’ much earlier forays into funk and ska. More recent times saw the sound develop a heavier edge and elements were gradually incorporated from the band members’ separate explorations of electronic music. Karyo was officially formed as an instrumental outfit in 2016. Six months later they were joined by the formidable lyricist Henry Wilson and bone-man Ollie joined the gang in 2018. Karyo’s music is characterised by offbeat guitars swung rhythms Jamie T-esque rap vocals and raucous brass hooks. Samples MIDI pads and guitar effects are used live to create exciting electronic textures and an engaging performance spectacle. The mood is upbeat and rhythmic with deep punchy bass and hip-hop drums - perfect for drinking and dancing. The group are experienced performers and at their first gig as Karyo they were spotted by one of Glastonbury’s musical curators. Their second gig – less than a week later – was Glastonbury quickly followed by 'Best New UK Festival' Samphire. After getting noticed by BBC Introducing Karyo have been showcased at Nozstock and Shambala festivals broadcast on BBC 6 Music and interviewed for BBC radio. As collective spice-fiends and haters of ill-fitting band t-shirts Karyo’s signature merchandise is Satan’s Gravy the best damn hot sauce around.

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