Prince Blanco

Prince Blanco

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2010 Juno Award winner, Prince Blanco brings with him a long history of ska, rocksteady and reggae music in Toronto, along with deep punk rock and ‘2-Tone’ roots from his original London UK hometown. Early reggae and ska are Blanco's main influences, along with echoes of The Specials and The Clash.

Biography

Prince Blanco (aka Mark Matthews) is an award winning singer and musician based in Toronto Canada. Born and raised in the UK, he grew up heavily influenced by classic Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae music along with late ’70s punk rock and the ska-fuelled 2-Tone sound.

‘Prince Blanco & The Rocksteady All-Stars’, a collection of foundation reggae classics, was released in September 2006 followed by ‘Rebel Discotheque’ in May 2008 which featured the top five satellite reggae radio hit ‘Good Times In The Dancehall’. 2008 also saw the release of ‘Don’t Pressurize Me’, Blanco’s first single collaboration with producer Dubmatix and in 2009, ‘Tuff Dub’ with Citizen Sound (aka Aram Scaram). Blanco is also a featured artist on Citizen Sound’s 2010 debut release including co-writing and playing guitar and bass on the summer hit ‘Reggae Is Her Name’ featuring Blessed.

Prince Blanco is the recipient of the 2010 JUNO Award (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy Award) for Reggae Recording of the Year along with Dubmatix for their single collaboration ‘Gonna Be Alright’. Blanco signed with Renegade Media in January 2011 and his first release for the label, Unify On The Hi-Fi came out in April 2011. In February 2011, Blanco travelled to Australia for the first time, performing 11 dates during a three-week summer tour.

Prince Blanco is the executive producer of ‘Shatter The Hotel: A Dub Inspired Tribute To Joe Strummer’ compilation album released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of The Clash’s ‘London Calling’ in December 2009. Proceeds from the sale of the album benefit the UK based charity Strummerville: The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music. Blanco along with the Shatter The Hotel project are featured in Don Letts' new documentary ‘Strummerville’ which premiered at SXSW in 2010. He continues to work closely with the Strummerville charity.

Discography

SINGLES
Dubmatix ft Prince Blanco - Gonna Be Alright
(7 Arts Music) 2009*
*2010 JUNO Award: Reggae Recording of the Year*
Citizen Sound & Prince Blanco - Tuff Dub
(7 Arts Music) 2009
Dubmatix ft Prince Blanco - Don't Pressurize Me
(7 Arts Music) 2008

ALBUMS/EPs
Prince Blanco - Unify On The Hi-Fi
(Renegade Media) 2011
Citizen Sound - S/T*
(Renegade Media) 2010
*featured vocalist, musician and co-writer
Prince Blanco - Rebel Discotheque
(Mojo Brand Music) 2008
Various Artists - International Collection (Japan)
(Iconic Music Group) 2007 *featured artist 'Take Back Your War'
Prince Blanco & The Rocksteady Allstars
(Mojo Brand Music) 2006
Boogiewall Soundsystem - Super My Own Band
(OhmGrown/Universal) 2003
The Skanksters - Dub Cookery
(Simmerdown USA) 199