Romario Sebastian Anthony Bennett aka Runkus is a past Campion College student, who did exceptionally well in his CSEC and CAPE Examinations. He was a very active member of the student body, being President of several clubs including Media Production, Green Generation and the Music Club.
Runkus has not limited himself in recording or performing a specific genre of music and this has set him aside from others in the field. He has articulated the following: "To say that I only do one or a few genres of music is limiting my scope. I was grown cultural, so that means, Rastafarian Roots Music, Reggae, One Drop, Dancehall, all that is natural to Jamaica is second nature to I. However, I simply do music, not just Reggae, not just Dancehall, not just Roots Rock… I DO MUSIC! That is where all those genres form from, from nothing, from free creativity without borders or restrictions".
Runkus has recorded and released several singles including Rain Start Fall, a collaborative effort of the Old Skl Bond and Majah Label Music Group, Victim which was accompanied by a music video with Bassick Records JA and Run which was recorded for the Polish label K-Jah Sound and was released on Reggaeville September 29th, 2015. Move Yuh Feet is a single that was recorded to bring back the originality of Ska and with its kenetic energy gained momentum on both local and international airwaves. This song was released in December 2015 with the supporting video in May 2016.
The eight (8) track EP entitled Move In, was recorded for a German-based label "Oneness
Records" and was released on February 5th, 2016 featuring a collaboration with Jamaican based recording artiste, Royal Blu and German-based Treesha. Move in was well received, placing fourth on the Amazon streaming platform in Germany whilst receiving radio play on BBC in the UK, and Irie 107.5 FM and Zip 103.9 FM in Jamaica to name a few. Move in propelled Runkus into an underground scene in the Reggae industry giving him the opportunity to tour with his band to promote this project in Europe.
Runkus has toured extensively and recently was included in a promotional tour of the East Coast with Kymani Marley, giving him the opportunity to showcase his repertoire of songs and his unique style. In 2016, Runkus and the Old Skl Bond toured Europe promoting the Move In EP performing on the Reggaejam Festival in Bersenbruck, Germany. They also gave an encore performance on Rototom's Showcase Stage in Benacasim, Spain closing the tour in high spirits thus giving them the opportunity to tour the following year more extensively. The Classisin Tour (2017), saw them performing on several festivals namely Reggaejam and Summerjam in Germany, Reggae Geel in Belgium, Rototom in Spain, Rote Fabrik and Reeds Festival in Switzerland, Reggae Fever and Roots In The Park in the Netherlands, and the prestigious Boomtown Fair in England where he was well received and his fanbase expanded significantly.
Runkus is a very promising artiste whose creativity, sound, style and lyrical prowess will no doubt continue to spread the Jamaican music all over the world. He is talented in many aspects of the music as he is not only an Artiste, but a Record Producer, Musician, an Engineer and founder/ CEO of Runkus Music Company. He has produced songs for himself/others, and worked with some of the biggest names in business like, Chronixx, Jah9, Kymani Marley, Sizzla, the Skints, Determine, Lutan Fyah and Smartkid Records. Runkus is currently working with many new talents, such as Royal Blu and Leno Banton.
2018 - 2019 - Armageddon by Skints fr. Runkus peaked at #1 on the Reggae Billboard charts; contributed to Protoje’s album A Matter of Time which was nominated for a Grammy award in the Reggae category for writing credits on the song entitled Truths & Rights.
In early 2017, a five-track playlist dubbed Orientation was designed to prepare listeners for the anticipated classisHim. project which is scheduled to be released in 2019. This being his personal project, he teamed up with Omar “Smartkid” Currie from Smartkid Records and his close in-house producers, JLL and Iotosh, to deliver recordings consisting of a mixture of new sounds and frequencies. This project promises to be something different and refreshingly innovative and is expected to propel his career even further. Runkus is managed by Paula Francis, and Omar “Smartkid” Currie.