Terenure, County Dublin
With music in his blood, Irish musician Andre Bangala writes and co-produce all his songs. Better known as Rocstrong, his unique sound covers multi genres ranging from Electro-pop, Funk and Soul.
The Congo-born, South Dublin artist began writing music from a very young age. After spending years to discover his unique style and sound, he cites great musicians like Prince, James Brown, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson as his main influences.
His first single ‘Go ‘Head’, described as “a multi-faceted effervescent spark that is simply not present in much of Irish Music” (Nialler9) received lots of praises at home and abroad. The song became the lead soundtrack for the Coen Brothers' blockbuster “Hail Caesar”.
His second release ‘Limits’ received positive reviews and considerable radio plays across Ireland, building on the success of the first single. The track has been described as an “Infused song with a myriad of vibrant rhythm, syncopated beats and reggae influenced melody, ‘Limits’ grooves and swaggers with confident percussion and joyously up-tempo production” (TLMT).
Rocstrong was crowned the breakthrough artist of the year in 2014 and promises to release an EP to match the high expectations. The EP is slated for a summer 2016 release.