R.LUM.R has released the companion video to his much-buzzed-single, “Frustrated,” a song that’s amassed more than 12 million-plus Spotify streams (and growing). Click HERE to watch.
Bradenton, Florida-bred and currently Nashville-based, the man has a background and set of skills like few others. He’s extremely well-grounded in old school R&B and jazz since birth, largely because he was only allowed to listen to the music his mother liked when growing up (think Sade, Anita Baker and George Benson). There was that one time when his sister tried playing Tupac in the house. That didn’t go over so well.
And despite the previous R&B mentions, don’t make the mistake of limiting him to just that genre because there’s much more to him: he’s a classically trained acoustic guitarist who grew up with the likes of Julian Bream and Christopher Parkening as potential role models. He was completely enamored with anime classics like Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist and Outlaw Star and studied Japanese as a second language at Florida State University. He and his school friends listened to Dark Side Of The Moon on repeat play as they slept, and he spent his youth listening to an eclectic mix of Prince, Debussy, the Sneaker Pimps, Ravel, Maxwell and Massive Attack, among many others.
How would he best describe his music in terms of genre?
“If I had to label it, I’d say it’s ‘R&B/Singer-Songwriter/Soul/Electronic.’ But,” he smiles, “I don’t want to limit myself.”
R.LUM.R will be doing a residency at the Masquerade in Atlanta every Tuesday this month starting tonight. He’s also playing the Mercy Lounge in Nashville on April 13. Check his site for a list of dates.