Ska revivalist, Wayne is a Jamaican-English born music producer and reggae / hip hop artist, who has contributed greatly to the sounds of Big Dada artists including Lotek Hifi and Roots Manuva, and culminating in co-writing and producing the 2009 Mercury Prize winning album ‘Speech Therapy’ for Speech Debelle.
Music has been the focus of Lotek’s life since he left home at 15 to study Sound Engineering in London. After passing with the highest grade possible, he gained a work experience placement at Motown’s UK studios, before landing a job at West London’s Rollover Studios, where he worked with the likes of Seal, Leftfield, Take That and even Peter Andre. A chance meeting with Roots Manuva’s then manager led to a long working relationship for the pair, across Roots’ debut album, the Mercury nominated follow-up ‘Run Come Save Me’ and beyond…
Cementing himself as part of the Big Dada stable, Lotek subsequently created his own project for Big Dada – Lotek Hifi. As part of this group he went on to release three singles and two albums before eventually deciding to work on solo projects. Now based in Melbourne, his Counter-Clockwise studio has become the new home for his diverse talents. As well as continuing his ever-increasing production work he found time to finish his debut LP for First Word – ‘International Rudeboy’. Taking influence from reggae, Lotek explores the evolution of hip hop by way of the reggae sound system culture. He looks to Jamaica for inspiration and takes pride in continuing the tradition of UK artists working with, and interpreting, the sounds of Jamaica.
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