The Urban State is the brainchild of Roderick (R-Jay) Williams, a Leicester-based songwriter has brought together a collective of performers and artists to create music and art that celebrate the power of many, showcasing and challenging the talents of all involved and maximising the combined creativity by giving everyone a voice. And having a truckload of fun in the process.
Our latest video – “When The Night Calls”
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The Urban State
- Service to the State: Singer, songwriter, founder
- Manor: Leicester
- Born: Accra, Ghana
- Classics: Amerie – 1 Thing, Basement Jaxx – Jump and Shout (Stanton Warriors remix), Kylie – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (OH yeah)
- Right now: Beyonce – End of Time, Drake – Crew Love, Ms Dynamite – Neva Soft
- At my funeral: Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man
A sucker for a great tune since he could tie his own shoes, Roderick started writing melodies at school. He kind of figured he’d grow out of it, so when after ten years in a ‘real’ job he found himself still addicted to creating sounds he set himself up a home studio and got serious. His first proper heartbreak soon after turned out to be just more fuel for the fire. Running away to Chicago on holiday, he had a moment of enlightenment while endlessly riding the city’s ‘Loop’ metro system.
His escape, he saw, was to be bringing the music into his head into the world, and heading home he wrote song after song that proved to him he’d opened up unimagined new musical horizons. Love On Loop is the break-up song which freed him from that batch of demons, and the Chicago Loop provided the inspiration for The Urban State’s graphic i.d.
- Service to the State: Producer
- Manor: London
- Classics: The Cure – Let’s Go to Bed, The Prodigy – Breathe, Madonna – Justify My Love
- Right now: Azealia Banks – 212 (feat. Lazy Jay), Gotye Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra), Little Dragon – Brush the Heat
- At my funeral: Bob Marley – One Love
Matt Walters as the producer for The Urban State is always looking to break the boundaries with new ideas. His vision as a producer is always to look to the future of what will people be listening to. When it comes to making music Matt looks to create mUsic good enough to receive critical acclaim whilst bearing in mind a pop sensibility. Using a mix of organic instrumentation and all that modern gadgetry has to offer is key to Matts ethos of producing music. Matt has worked with bands in the past such as Leftfield, Finlay Quay, MC Neat, Boy George and System 7 to name a few.
The Urban State’s debut album Love On Loop is produced and arranged by Matt Walters and Roderick.
- Service to the State: Vocalist
- Lives: London
- Classics: Bruno Mars, Prince, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé
Bio: Angela’s a guest vocalist for The Urban State and we are delighted to welcome her within our borders. We are excited to announce that we are already working on our next project together for release early summer next year.
She has her own band performing at events up and down the UK and continues to work as a session singer. She has worked in film and television where she has had the privilege of working with the likes of ‘Jennifer Love Hewitt’ and ‘Jonny Depp’.
Angela has very much enjoyed the recording sessions with ‘The Urban State’ and says ‘it’s a pleasure working with such professional and talented guys. Looking forward to the future and hearing what they come up with next for me’.
- Service to the State: Singer
- Manor: Wales
- Born: Wales
- Classics: Groove Armada – Superstylin’, Rosie Gaines – Let’s Get Close, Grace Jones – Pull Up to the Bumper
- Right now: Labrinth – Last Time, Emeli Sande – Next to Me, Plan B – iLL Manors
- At my funeral: Nick Drake – River Man
Rosie Ribbons is an accomplished vocalist heavily influenced by artists such as Chaka Khan, Mica Paris and soul of old.Writing from an early age her influences include Donna Summers and Aretha Franklin. She has sung in various outfits across the world but has found her niche working alongside RJ and Mixmaster matt in The Urban State.Her RNB style compliments the electro house flavours perfectly and she cemented herself as one of the mainstay vocalists with The Urban State project.
Latest news for The Urban State
Let It Shine Let It Shine was the first track from the song writing sessions for what turned out to be our album Got Love. Originally called Dance Like You Do the track is a personal favourite of the band and was always slated for release as a single because its so...read more
The 16th August is here and we've just released - When The Night Calls! Listen and buy on iTunes - Click here! This is the second track from our album Got Love... Got Love Album Track Listing 1. Got Love 2. When The Night Calls 3. My Imagination 4....read more
Not long now until the 16th August - when we release - When The Night Calls! This is the second track from our album Got Love... Got Love Album Track Listing 1. Got Love 2. When The Night Calls 3. My Imagination 4. Music (Let’s Use It) 5. Let It Shine 6. Give In, Get...read more
Angela... Service to the State: Vocalist Lives: London Classics: Bruno Mars, Prince, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé Bio: Angela’s a guest vocalist for The Urban State and we are delighted to welcome her within our borders. We are excited to announce that we...read more
Our latest single is coming out on the 13th Sept... So make sure you keep an eye out!! Roderick xread more
Our next single - When The Night Calls - is coming out on the 16th August! You can check out the video here - let us know what you think 🙂read more