Music

RKZ (pronounced Ricks) is a Luton-born singer, menswear writer and photographer, based in East London.

RKZ began recording music in 2008 and released his first single, Renegades, the following year. The song, along with subsequent releases, began circulating on BBC Asian Network which propelled him into the core of the Brit-Asian hip hop scene. 

Between 2009 and 2012, RKZ gathered prominence with a succession of popular songs including Defeat Me, How Are You and Gonna Be That. A remix of the latter featured rappers including Swami Baracus, Lost Souljah, Raxstar, AC, Menis, Kaly and Waqas Ali from Outlandish. Gonna Be That also featured in rapper Bashy’s film, The Man Inside. He provided feature vocals on tracks including This DJ by DJ Dips and The Other Man by Raxstar. He released a YouTube series called CoverSessions, which featured his popular covers of Frank Ocean’s Swim Good and Usher’s Nice And Slow.

In 2013, RKZ started working with producer Gifted, and released Superstars featuring Shawn Sanderson, sampling Nina Simone. Finding success with a soft R&B-driven sound, RKZ continued to work with Gifted on several mixtapes and EPs, most notably SOULar and Science X Soul.

The next few years RKZ released music less frequently, with his time now being split between video, photography, fashion and art direction. The songs Visionaries, They Don’t Know Nothing featuring Chino XL and Notes were standouts in this period, all of which were produced by York-based artist, Handbook. The tailend of 2018 saw his official return to music, with the singer releasing the singles Magnificent and Impossible featuring Sonni Mai. His debut album, Visionaries, is scheduled to release in 2019 and is executively produced by Handbook.

Creative

Portraits by Another Studio

Between 2011 and 2014, RKZ worked as a music video director, producer and editor. He was the video lead for Be Discovered - an online music blog dedicated to discovering UK music talent - and created performance and interview videos featuring artists including Little Simz, Shakka, Lady Leshurr, Jay Prince, Chasing Grace, Kojey Radical, Cameron Bloomfield and others. He created over eighty videos in the span of six months at Be Discovered.

He joined the Creative team at social media agency Born Social in June 2014 and progressed to Senior Creative the following year, before joining Turnbull & Asser as their in-house copywriter, social media manager and photographer. His work as a writer and photographer has seen him collaborate with brands including Tom Smarte, The Rake, The Jackal Magazine, The Dapper Chapper, Menswear Style, Burnt Roti Magazine, The Essential Journal, Rituals Cosmetics, Savile Row Journal, Luca Faloni, Son Of A Tailor, Saran Kohli, Yuri & Yuri and more.

RKZ is currently a careers mentor at University of Westminster and an ambassador for the Campaign Against Living Miserably.

Experience | References

Copy, Photography, Social
Turnbull & Asser
(July 2017—Present)

Senior Creative
Born Social
(April 2016—July 2017)

Creative
Born Social
(June 2014—March 2015)

Video Lead
Be Discovered
(Oct 2013—Mar 2014)

Video Editor
GIANT Digital
(June 2013)

Content Manager
RGS Entertainment
(Sept 2011—Jul 2012)

Writer, Photographer
Freelance
(Jul 2012—Present)

 

 

Ambassador
CALM
(Feb 2011—Present)

Mentor
University of Westminster
(Nov 2016—Present)

References

Available upon request.