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Combining reggae, indie, Afro-beat and soul with a healthy dose of London-style! Add a little attitude on the diverse, acoustic guitar-driven grooves and you have NATTY.
Intelligent, poetic and savvy lyrics – accurately reflecting the lives/loves of a modern-day UK – have already led to positive involvement with high-profile campaigning organisation Love Music Hate Racism.
Born Alexander Akiloe Philip Modiano in 1983 in San Francisco, and then moving to London with his family at the age of one, his musical eclecticism reflects the differing tastes of his parents. His white Anglo-Italian father loved Neil Young and Bob Dylan. His black mother from Southern Africa – was very into Motown, Al Green, 60s Jamaican music and afro-beat.
And early teen years spent creating hip hop beats for rapping mates in his bedroom would later gave him the confidence to blag his way into a job in premier-league recording-studio Sphere in Battersea.
Fast forward to first single “July” (co-produced by Nat Powers, and later remixed by Crazy Cousinz) charted in 2008 and debut album, Man like I, featured “Cold Town” also shown live on Jools Holland (SEE PERFORMANCE HERE).
Natty began his first solo headline tour with support from Smoke Feathers and Elvin: and recently played with Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly) performing a cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division.
Instrumental versions of his songs Badman and Coloured Souls appeared in the Electronic Arts videogame Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09.
And in September 2011, Natty scored his first American tour, opening up for reggae artist Ziggy Marley.
A great opportunity to see a modern reggae artist here in York; “born into this dimension around 30 years ago – music is his medium!”.