Born to Ghanian parents in London and brought up in Milton Keynes (Grid City), Rocky Nti’s early exposure to guitar music eventually found it’s way to the fore.

Rocky began honing his talents working with artists including Kano, Benga, Ghostpoet, The Invisible Men and Nina Nesbit. Most notably Rocky linked up with DJ/Producer Jakwob which led to a string of songs being playlisted on BBC Radio 1/1Xtra, touring with Wretch 32 and playing some of the biggest festivals in Europe (Wireless, Pukkelpop, Rockness).

In 2014, eschewing the direction of his electronic peers and finding his indie rock n roll feet, Rocky began work on debut EP ‘Ride On’ released in summer 2015.

‘Ride On’ received support from Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and made his best of 2015 BBC Introducing and Radio X day time Shock Of The New plays. Rocky and his band sold out shows in London, his hometown of Milton Keynes, supported Sundara Karma at Koko and completed a main support tour with Eliza & The Bear this February.

Through Spring 2016 in support of his ‘Reflections’ single he also toured with Sunset Sons and in Europe with Panic! At The Disco, followed by a string of festivals including BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, Victorious Festival and Festival No6.

‘Reflections’ picked up further support from Radio 1, Radio X and Kerrang Radio and made the Radio 1 BBC Introducing playlist.

I was born in London, and live here now, but I grew up in Milton Keynes, which is 60 miles up the road. MK has some beautiful scenery and lakes, cool music venues like Craufurd Arms, an in door snow slope (SnoZone in Xscape) and Friday/Saturday nights in Revolutions is a funny place to cut shapes and grab a pint with some friends. London is a completely different animal with something to do/see/eat around every corner. I love Soho, my favourite steak restaurant Flat Iron is buried in there, NottingHill / Portobello Road is a chill place to waste time and you can see some great music in venues like Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, Koko & Brixton Academy.


Ones to Watch: The great local music scene

There are some amazing bands and artists in London. It’s one of the best musical homes in the world and there is a new wave of humans making some great noise. My friends Josh Flower & The Wild are electric live and have a cool swamp-blues sound, Honne are London lads who are making some beautifully smooth jams and obviously James Blake’s new album is incredible! I also have the pleasure of playing with some great British bands festivals this year like Foals & Frightened Rabbit (we’re all playing at Glastonbury), Wolf Alice & Mystery Jets (we’re all playing Glass Butter Beach Festival) & Eagulls (both playing Festival Number 6).