The Reluctants

The Reluctants

BandHip HopRock

The Reluctant's music is a Hip-Hop/Rock fusion with strong influences from Blues, Reggae and Funk.


“Sonic Soldiers� - Touch Magazine

“Slick, infectious…hi-energy…they clearly understand the art of musical seduction�

The Reluctants have attracted major industry attention since their arrival on the urban music scene – their unique style and sound was instantly recognised by MOBO Magazine, which recently voted them ‘Ones to Watch’. They have also been the subject of extensive coverage in other publications such as Touch, Rewind and New Nation.

MD and Knowledge come from a small West Indian community in Telford, West Midlands, and have been writing and performing together for over ten years - initially as hip-hop duo, MDK. In partnership with producer Kleiko, they recorded a vast collection of tracks under the moniker DAE (Digital Audio Entourage). Kleiko produced the track ‘Who Dat Dere’ that shot MDK into the limelight when they won Diesel-U-Music’s prestigious Best Urban Act award in 2003. MDK then went on to work with London-based producers, Afreex, on a number of projects: their debut album, Our Life…Your Entertainment, Urban Music Award-winning mixtape, Union Black (collaborating with top urban artists such as Omar, Sway and Kele Le Roc), and MDK mixtape, WOi!: Volume 1.

The Reluctants was formed when Knowledge and MD welcomed Maiko to the line-up. Her unmistakeable vocals bring a soulful yet edgy sound to the tracks, and have helped define The Reluctants’ fresh, eclectic sound. They perform with a five-piece backing band and have developed a repertoire of tracks that infuse a unique rock/hip-hip foundation with the smooth overtones of soul, r n b, reggae and funk. The diversity of their musical influences has brought fans of many genres together at gigs across the UK, and made them a favourite with music lovers at West London’s Ginglik club - a renowned hotspot for soul, jazz, funk, alternative and latin music. The Reluctants are performing a monthly residency at this venue throughout 2007.

Among many other venues and events in previous years, The Reluctants have performed at London’s Jazz Café (supporting Pharoahe Monch), the Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert at Hammersmith Palais, Cargo, the Barbican, and the Coca-Cola Rev Festival. Last year they were also invited to perform at the Festival of Youth Arts as the finale act, and headlined at venues such as The Notting Hill Arts Club. Their support has also been enlisted for a number of charity events run by the Children’s Society this summer - check out for more details on upcoming gigs.


Mean To Be - The Reluctants
Is That What You Want - The Reluctants

Set List

We do a variety of different sets depending on the venue or night in question.

We usually perform with a live band and do either a 3 track, 5 track, 7 track or 10 track set.

We can also perform a 3 track PA set with backing track (CD) only.