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Born Romario Sebastian Anthony Bennett aka RUNKUS to parents veteran entertainer Determine and artiste manager and booking agent Paula Francis, he started recording at the tender age of seven (7) years old.
Runkus is a past Campion College student, who did exceptionally well in his CSEC and CAPE Examinations. He was also a very active member of the student body, being President of several clubs including Media Production, Green Generation and the Music Club.
At the age of 15, he recorded a Mixtape with his father Determine entitled "Like Father Like Son" which was well received and allowed him to perform in the United States. The following year (2010) he entered a Talent Search which was organized by RETV, alongside his guitarist Scot Leslie. Being the only contestant with a difference, that is, an acoustic style to his set, he astounded the judges and won the competition, which gave him the opportunity to be on the RETV School tour performing alongside Beenieman, Denique, Ding Dong, Cherine Anderson, Stacious and Voicemail. He also got the opportunity to do his first official music video for song entitled "Badmind" on the Magician Records label, which received heavy rotation on television and radio locally.
He sets himself aside from others in the field, simply because he doesn't have a set type of music style as he does what comes to mind and what feels right. "To say that I only do one or a few genre of music is limiting my scope, I was grown cultural, so that means, rastafarian roots music, reggae, one drop, dancehall 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." stated the young musician.
Most of his music is guitar driven due to his love for the instrument and prior to the fact that he does engineering for his father (in his home studio, Matches Boxx Production), he is able to compose enough to fabricate a finished product in his mind and bring it to life in the studio, like what was done with Rain Start Fall which was a collaborative effort of the Old Skl Bond and Majah Label Music Group. He released a single accompanied by a music video with Bassick Records JA entitled Victim which received positive feedback and support from across the globe currently holding three hundred and ninety two thousand (392,000+) streams on spotify.
His eight (8) track EP entitled Move In, was recorded for German-
Earlier this year, a five track playlist dubbed 'orientation.' was designed to prepare listeners for the anticipated classis Him project which is scheduled to be released in 2018. Being close personal work, he teams up with Smartkid, from Smartkid Records and his close in house producers, produced by krs. and iotosh. The recordings consists of a mixture of new sounds and frequencies which promises to be something different and refreshingly innovative. The style of this playlist was well received in the UK with songs like foundation. being placed in a BBC playlist, receiving heavy rotation on major radio stations across Europe and basic. being placed in a special OVO radio mix by TODDLAT.
The 'orientation playlist' sheds light on the new sound and paves the way for the first single my Gf released on December 17th, 2017.
He's been apart of a promotional tour in the United States where he toured the East Coast with Kymani Marley, giving him the opportunity to showcase his repertoire of songs and his unique style.
Runkus and the Old Skl Bond has toured Europe on the Move In tour (2016) promoting the EP done on Oneness records based in Germany. This was Runkus and the OldSkl Bond's first time in Europe, performing on the Reggaejam Festival in Bersenbruck, Germany. They were named one of the highlights the three day festival along with the likes of Freddy McGregor. They also gave an encore performance on Rototom's Showcase Stage in Benacasim, Spain closing the tour in high spirits thus giving them the oppuruntity to tour 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 Netherlands, and the prestigious Boomtown Fair in England where he was well received on all Festivals, thus his fanbase has expanded signifiantly.
Runkus is really a force to be reckoned with, a very promising artiste and new world sensation whose creativity, sound, style and lyrical prowess fuses together to create a different calibre of music.