Bermudian hip-hop artist featured on UK single
Samples of songs by Bermudian hip-hop artist Matthew Bento are getting some air play on a new single in the United Kingdom.
Two of Mr Bento’s songs are featured on ‘Don’t Worry’, a track from UK recording artist Matti Roots’ album BeatRoot.
Mr Bento, who grew up in Bermuda and attended Warwick Academy, started writing music with his friends when he was 14 years old.
He was later part of a local band, Hitman Workers.
He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston for a year before transferring to the Point Blank Music College in the UK, where he completed his studies this past July.
“I do hip-hop, reggae, R&B and neo-soul,” he said.
Mr Bento was discovered by Mr Roots’ manager while playing at a club in London as a favour to a friend.
“Matti Roots took me under his wing and took me into the studio to start working on stuff,” he said. “We linked up and had good chemistry in the studio.”
A former record producer Mr Roots worked with such artists as Natasha Bedingfield, Justin Timberlake and Slum Village.
He has since turned his attention to making his own music and asked Mr Bento for use of two of his songs ‘Working on You’ and ‘You Got Me’.
Mr Bento has signed onto Mr Roots’ label as a result of their collaboration.
“I hope I will reap his benefits,” he said.
The two have decided to collaborate for a joint project, which will be released later this year.
While in Bermuda this summer, Mr Bento performed at several private events including the HSBC Bank of Bermuda staff party.
“My favourite part about music is creating atmosphere and emotions,” he said.
He will return to London later this month to perform and get back into the studio.
‘Don’t Worry’ is available on iTunes and from Amazon.