Fusing together Indie, Jazz, Funk and Hip-Hop, ‘Tukazon’ are a 6 piece band based in Wolverhampton, West Midlands in the UK. Creating an original sound within the growing Midlands music scene, they continue to build up a large following with their inimitable sound.
Formed by cousins Ricky Deakin and Jason Elson in 2002, they enlisted the help of DJ Amo (aka Andy Ames) to work on creating new sounds and blending guitars with hip hop scratchin' and samples. Matt Knight joined on bass guitar in April 2005 along with Carl Sykes on percussion to add some extra groove into the mix, followed by Mitch Crane’ – a funky young drummer spotted on the local circuit, who joined in April 2006. Having previously played on the acoustic scene, this gave the band the ability to perform as a 6 piece setup and gain a considerable fan base, becoming a dynamic force of funky alternative sounds. Tukazon started performing ‘live’ more within the Wolverhampton and Birmingham area – Support for British/Australian act ‘Bodyrockers’ being a major highlight.
Towards the end of 2006 Tukazon entered a national Battle of the Bands competition, held in Wolverhampton – its location and history giving the band an even bigger opportunity to get their music heard by more people, and to try and raise their profile further. Over 100 bands and 3 months later, Tukazon successfully won themselves a place in the final held at the well-known ‘Wulfrun Hall’ in Wolverhampton on March 10th 2007.
Just under 1000 people watched Tukazon successfully win Battle of the Bands 2007, deservedly taking first place ahead of 6 other bands. At the close of a tremendous achievement, the guys are now ready to build on the amazing local support they have received with their live work, and are now making plans to head into the studio to record Tukazon’s first awaited album. With plans for this, and continued live performances, the band are certainly looking forward for what’s yet to come...