Karyo are a dynamic four-piece from London UK with an additional brass section for larger shows. Their sound comprises an upbeat combination of hip-hop, ska, alt-rock and contemporary electronic music. Their influences include The Cat Empire, Jamie T, Bonobo and The Skints.
Karyo have been played on BBC Introducing H&W, BBC 6 Music and Virgin Radio UK, and have been described as
"one of the catchiest festival bands arounD"
- Andrew Marston, BBC Introducing
at a glance...
Although still in the early stages of their professional music career, Karyo have a proven record of live performance with slots at Glastonbury, Nozstock and Samphire, as well as several shows at well-known live music venues across London.
Karyo are a four-piece hip-hop indie funk band comprising long-time friends and musical collaborators Duncan Powell, Luke Fain, Tom Guilding and Henry Wilson.
Their sound pays homage to the funk and ska that was Duncan, Luke and Tom’s bread and butter throughout school. College saw the sound develop a heavier edge and elements were gradually incorporated from the band members’ separate forays into electronic music. Karyo were officially formed as an instrumental outfit in 2016. Six months later they were joined by the formidable lyricist Henry Wilson.
Karyo’s music is characterised by offbeat guitars, swung rhythms, Jamie T-esque vocals and raucous trumpet hooks. Samples, MIDI pads and guitar effects are used live to create exciting electronic textures reminiscent of Bonobo. The mood is upbeat and rhythmic, 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 were showcased at Nozstock festival, 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 fucking hot sauce around.