Credit: Knotan

Credit: Knotan

ALTON

In an apartment in Skanstull a musical prodigy has been programming beats since the age of eight. Thanks to his deejaying father's huge record collection, Alton Nyika early on came in contact with music from all over the world and quickly learned everything about genres, music trends and different styles of music. To him, experimenting with sound was as natural as kicking around a soccer ball was for other kids. But it wasn't until he entered his teens - after growing 30 cm in less than two years and getting his heart shattered - that Alton really started focusing on writing music.

Even though he's always felt at home in the hip hop and r'n'b genre, he could never identify with the lyrics about the hard life in the suburbs. He had to find his own language, his own stories. When listening to Alton you can find similarities to artists like Drake and the Weeknd, but there is something twisted about his sound. If you listen carefully you'll discover fast-paced Slipknot-beats, melodic synthezisers that brings Kraftwerk to mind and even though the music has a quite rough sound there is a funky Prince-esque vibe over it at the same time. You won't be able to stand till - which is something Alton has proven over and over the last year at his live performances in sweaty underground basements and at the hippest events in Stockholm.