In a culture where image and material value weigh heavier on a musician s success than actual talent or creed, a young man from a small town on the island of Hawaii, has set out to resurrect the conscious music and harmonious spirit of an era not so long ago, yet long forgotten. Rian Basilio and The Roosters are a group in which a perfect combination of talent and soul has come together to create a unique and very progressive sound. While keeping the foundation of their music rooted deeply in the classic genres of reggae, they have been able to fuse elements of each musician s unique background and style, cultivating a vibe that feels vintage yet completely fresh and original. Rian's unique voice only intensifies his already poetic and deeply personal lyrics, which touch upon subjects from world and political turmoil to equally important issues of the heart and soul. The narrative and messages that exist within his lyrics are delivered to the listener through haunting melodies and hooks that will linger in the sub-conscious long after the song has ended.
In Aug. of 2011 they released their debut album, self titled "Rian Basilio and The Roosters" along with a video for their first single, "Long Road to Zion". Long Road to Zion has since gone on to have radio rotation on Oahu and the Big Island, as well as constant rotation with online stations such as Surf Roots Radio and Pipeline to Paradise Radio. Long Road to Zion has over 18,000 views on youtube and the video has also appeared on TV in Hawaii. The success of the album and single has propelled the band to the forefront of reggae acts in the US southwest and Hawaiian music scenes. The band has recently headed back into the studio to begin production of their sophomore album. With 2 years of writing and arranging under their belts, they look to record an album that not only showcases their unique style of reggae, but more importantly they look to ignite a revolution of conscious, positive music into a culture that has long been deprived of it.
The Roosters are also no amateurs when it comes to live performance. Members have played and toured with reggae legends such as Lee Scratch Perry, Eek a Mouse, Barrington Levy, Michael Rose, The Wailing Souls, HR of Bad Brains, The Rastafarians, Detour Posse, Haile Maskel and many more. As The Roosters , they have played and toured all over central and southern California as well as Nevada and Arizona. They have graced the stages of iconic venues like The Roxy in Hollywood, LA s Dub Club and The House of Blues in San Diego. From the moment they step on stage, they come full force with an energy that can ignite the masses. Whether its hardcore roots infused with dub step, or up beat rocksteady vibes mixed with soulful r&b, The Roosters deliver a message and spread a vibe that is sure to open your mind and leave your soul irie!