The Jamaican band iKronik is a great new band comprised of top quality musicians all the way around. All five of them sing and play instruments. All of the members have paid their dues for years, but now this crew has come together as a unit working in unity doing their own original material. Ikronik features Junior Jazz on guitar and lead vocals, Phanso on drums, Duke on keys, Isaiah on bass and Junior "Kava" Johnson on keyboards, guitar and vocals.
IKronik recently backed and opened for I Wayne and Chuck Fenda on a very busy western US tour that was extremely successful. Everyone loved IKronik's set. It was a hard act to follow with mature arrangements, good songs and all the five musicians singing and playing. After that tour, IKronik opened for and backed Junior Reid on another North American tour. The word is quickly spreading about thi s act. They are a breath of fresh air. Nice guys with professional behavior.
iKronik represents the future of the "classic" reggae band. With years of experience under the name Gumption playing on the largest stages worldwide; having racked up millions of frequent flier miles and travelled many a highway and byway, the members of iKronik present that well deserved breath of fresh air to the reggae music industry. iKronik has emerged from the lineage of the Gumption Band, one of reggae's most consistent and talented backing bands. Gumption has been touring since 1994 and has backed the best of the best in the reggae genre. They worked six years touring and recording exclusively with the legendary Beres Hammond and they have also backed Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, Barrington Levy, Ken Boothe, John Holt, Luciano, Coco T, Barrington Levy, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Chakademus & Pliers, Richie Spice, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Diana King, Lady Saw, Maxi Priest, Wailing Souls, Romain Virgo, Horace Andy, I-Octane, Gyptian and The Abyssinians, among others.
iKronik represents the future of the "classic" reggae band. With years of experience playing on the largest stages worldwide; having racked up millions of frequent flier miles and travelled many a highwayand byway…the members of iKronik present that well deserved breath of fresh air to the reggae music industry.
iKronik has emerged from the lineage of the Gumption Band, one of reggae's most consistent and talented backing bands. Gumption has been touring since 1994 and has backed the best of the best in the reggae genre. Six years touring and recording exclusively with the legendary Beres Hammond and all those other years sharing stage with the likes of Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, Barrington Levy, Ken Boothe, John Holt, Luciano, CoCo T, Barrington Levy, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowat, Chakademus & Pliers, Richie Spice, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Diana King, Lady Saw, Maxi Priest, Wailing Souls and The Abasynians, among others. Jamaican international jazz musician Monte Alexander was so moved by the quality of the band that he toured with them and produced two live albums, Yard Movement and Stir it Up…a must listen. Nelly Furtado's team was blown away by the reg gae re-mix of 'Turn off the Lights' done by the crew.
Mixing three distinctly different vocal styles with crafty lyrical compositions and an energetic onstage presentation, iKronik easily redefines the roots reggae genre. This is not a new outfit, these are seasoned musicians who realize that the deliverables from any band taking a stage today has to be stepped up a notch…the fans demand it, the industry needs it and iKronik has it. They understand that it takes a high quality comprehensive production to put the right image forward, to satisfy the fans of the music and make them want to come back for more.
iKronik retains founding Gumption members Rolando "Phanso" Wilson (drums) and Dwight "Duke" Dawes (keyboards) and completes the aggregation with long time Gumption bassist and vocalist Isaiah "Onie" Palmer who brings the classic roots reggae element, Wendel "Junior Jazz" Ferrero, noted guitarist and vocalist who has that soulful, smooth delivery that takes you into the zone and Junior "KavaJah" Johnson, keyboards/guitar and vocals who adds that "new roots"/dancehall energy to the group completing what promises to be a new sound, a new energy, a new reggae vibe. The chemistry is unmistakable, the new sound is refreshing and the discipline of the group is a booking agent's dream.
The band is currently in studio completing their debut album which is still untitled but showcases the variety that iKronik embodies, the smooth uncomplicated vocal delivery and the high quality of musicianship. Their style will easily attract a wide cross-section of fans since it doesn't pigeonhole itself in any one aspect of the genre, but is serious enough, intelligent enough and fun enough to satisfy hardcore fans and make believers out of those new to their rhythm.
Songs like 'Journey' a pulsating crossover track explaining the struggles of life ' Lets Be One' sure to be a new world anthem and 'Right On Time' a sweet lovers rock for the ladies showcases this first effort and provides iKronik with a legitimate platform from which to build. This band will redefine the genre and make many people take notice. The reality is this….iKronik… a badass reggae band. The only way you can validate this…book the band, listen to the music…enjoy the show.