Much the the style of Rhett May's music can be attributed to his upbringing. Born in Calcutta in 1950, May became part of a diverse music scene consisting primarily of Carnatic and Hindustani music that heavily feature the sitar and tabla. In addition to the native music styles of the country, the proliferation of Western music across the globe began to take hold and May was exposed to the music of rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Monkees, and The Beatles.
A prominent name in the music recording industry of Detroit since 1998, Detroit rapper Page1 has been entrenched in the city's underground hip hop scene for nearly two decades. A native of Detroit, he has crafted a way to create divergent rap, or as he calls it "real life stories with a Midwest sound". In 2007, he released his first full-length album titled True Hood Stories, a collection of 17 tracks based on growing up in Detroit.
Joseph Jordan Jones, AKA Joseph Velvet was born in Kingston Jamaica and migrated to the United States in 1984. Since then he has created music deeply reminiscent of the reggae roots of his home country that also incorporates popular American genres including R&B and rock. In 1987, he released his first single titled "Wild Flour", which offered him the opportunity to perform with legendary reggae artists such as Dennis Brown, Freddy McGregor, Beres Hammond, Gregory Isaacs, and Shaggy.
Among one of the most unconventional bands in history, electronic outfit Afterthem creates art that is as brilliant as it is polarizing. Appealing to a niche audience that appreciates over-the-top creativity, Afterthem’s music is introspective, infectious, and unpredictable. It is these elements that provide the canvas for their music, which is never without deeper meaning.