Kwake Bass (Aruba Red)

Drumming since the age of 5, Kwake Bass has carved himself a niche within the UK music scene combining an exciting fusion of live drums and electronic sounds. He showcases these skills via his solo project performances, session work and playing with several other artists and bands.

After gaining an A* in music theory, 2 years ahead of schedule, Kwakeʼs talents were quickly recognized and he was offered a place at the prestigious BRIT School where he achieved a merit with distinction. After this, Kwake was offered session production work, which in turn led to full studio production commissions, writing and producing for various artists as well as corporate work producing music for short films and advertisements.

Alongside his electronic production work, Kwake joined iconic London quartet ʻSpeakers Cornerʼ who have played venues including The Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern as well as for One Taste and Bollygo Music Jazz Collective. Speakers Corner Quartet have shared stages with artists including Herby Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Tine Tempah, Ed Sheeran, Jamie Woon, Portico Quarted, Courtney Pine, The Invisible, Toro y Moi and Pharaoh Monch.

With his exciting and innovative solo drum project, Kwake has played alongside artists including Little Dragon, Maverick Sabre, The Roots, ?uestlove, Talib Kweli,Immortal Technique, Foreign Beggars and MF Doom as well as performing at venues including Londonʼs Roundhouse, several of the O2 Academies, Brixton Academy, Hackney Empire, Kentish Town Forum, The Coronet, the majority of the major UK and European Festivals including Glastonbury, Outlook, Sonar, Splash, SXSW in Texas and in CMJ in New York.

Session, MD and Scoring work includes Red Bull Live, Xfm. BBC Radio 2, 4 and 6 Music, Nova Live Sessions in France, BBC Maida Vale Sessions, Speech Debelleʼs debut album (touring up to the Mercury Music Award) Congo Natty, Jehst and Black Twang.

Artists that Kwake is currently touring with include poet / emcee K8 Tempest /Sound Of Rum (recently featured by Channel 4), Aruba Red (soon to be touring the UK alongside Maverick Sabre and Ms. Dynamite) and Dels (signed to Big Dada/Ninja Tune). Current Jazz projects include Thousand Kings alongside BBC Award Winning Shabaka Hutchings & Karl Rasheed-Abel (Soweto Kinch / Femi Tamoya).