RBCHMBRS pushes the depth and nuance of sample based production inspired by hip hop instrumentals and the funky, snappy bounce of UKG.
Being half Greek and half Dominican means that Thaniil’s first memories of music were of classic Greek music and his mother’s love of dance and disco. Growing up in Queens meant that he was exposed to a New York City styled mix of genres his entire life. From boomboxes on the street or from the windows of his neighbors home, Alexandros was given constant exposure to sounds he wouldn’t hear at home.
Toe the Line EP was intended to return to stripped down elements of older releases, but something “a little less outer space, a return to earth.” Armed with an SP-404, RBCHMBRS wants to be playful without being reminiscent, always trying to move forward. He believes that nostalgic pain can propel an artist to make their best work.
While noting history teachers as salient inspirations that opened his eyes to cultures unknown to him, as well as a father who is a history buff of his own, Thaniil has inherited some of their reverence for the classics and the importance of learning from the past. Alexandros’ fundamentals are influenced by Madlib, Timbaland (“the early stuff,” he interjects), Q Tip, Havoc, Alchemist, UKG, as well as the culture that surrounded the NBA in the 90s, during his most formative years.
Keeping it in the family, RBCHMBRS works closely with critically acclaimed emcee/producer THERAVADA, his coproducer on Sick by Earl Sweatshirt, and who is his cousin. Currently, RBCHMBRS is working on a self-proclaimed “sprawling dance album” with Tesh Curry. His audience has a lot to look forward to.