RIFF KNIVES fuse rap, rock & funk.
#91 | Oskar Svenborn | Turntables
#92 | Karl Runeskog | Vocals
#93 | Hampus André | Vocals
#94 | Darius Kaya | Guitar
#95 | Emil Olsson | Drums
#96 | Jesper Adefelt | Bass
As well as the ever present in house manager and behind the scenes catalyst #89 Freddie Eriksson.
It has frequently been duly noted that RIFF KNIVES appear to be one of the 90/00’s funk rap rock/metal bands like Faith No More, RATM, Red Hot Chili Peppers or Linkin Park hitting it up with contemporary producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of Neptunes / N*E*R*D.
RIFF KNIVES debuted in 2010 with do it yourself production Rattle for Fame EP, recorded at home and released on February 12, 2010. Despite no commercial and/or financial back up, the EP gained pretty widespread attention (especially title track Rattle for Fame and On the Top, the latter a collaboration with Tanzanian rapper GMG) and its tracks has to this day (Q1 2018) been purchased and streamed just north of 26,000 times, mainly in Scandinavia, US, Australia, UK and Germany. Added to this, the EP sold out its limited physical issue of some hundred copies.
RIFF KNIVES subsequently toured their home country of Sweden and made themselves a name as a fascinating, energetic and compelling multi layered live act, inter alia firing up traditional jazz joints despite their at times pretty hardcore rock sound. RIFF KNIVES has to this day received various accolades for their prolific live performances and has won every musical competition they’ve ever entered into.
RIFF KNIVES’ second EP, titled Ape Flip EP, was also DIY but with some help in late stage tuning from star duo Anders Pantzer and Fres Söderström. It was recorded at SAE Institute, mixed at Dream Hill Studios, mastered at Cutting Room and hit the market in early 2011. It overwhelmingly surpassed its predecessor in attention, with its tracks to this day (Q1 2018) having been purchased and streamed just around 60,000 times worldwide.
The release of Ape Flip EP was followed by immense touring between 2011 and 2013, and the release of a personally touched version of (hed)P.E.’s rap metal hit song Bartender, gaining even more attention, mainly in the US. The band hooked up numerous sponsorship deals, inter alia swedish streetwear brand Galagowear and Red Bull Energy Drink, and RIFF KNIVES went on to be one of the major unsigned names of the Swedish music scene.
A new single titled Fire was released in 2013 and was very well recieved, the single being the group’s most successful hit to date with about 16,400 (Q1 2018) streams on Spotify alone.
RIFF KNIVES then went on a prolonged hiatus, broken in 2016 by a full length album, Ice Cream LP, recorded, mixed and mastered at Anders Bagge’s Dreamhill Studio complex in association once more with Anders Pantzer and Fres Söderström. However, the members of the band were at this time pursuing other projects within and outside of music, and the album was released publicly but discretely, consequently gaining limited attention.
In early 2018, the band announced the release of a new single, One In All In [Rugby Sevens], scheduled for digital release on April 6, 2018.