English-born hip-hop artist LTtheMonk tends to make his mark in Hamilton

LTtheMonk — exciting identify, even for a rapper.

He describes himself as “London-designed, east-coast trained” in tribute to his hometown of London, England, as very well as the New York style of hip-hop that had an early impact on him.

So probably the “L” stands for London. Possibly the “T” stands for “Trained.” Or maybe LT is just his initials. His authentic title, soon after all, is Liam Tyndall.

“The Monk” is effortless to demonstrate. It describes his monk-like commitment to his craft.

“My friends generally phone me LT,” he claims in an interview to promote his new album “On the Wall,” released this month on Hamilton’s Sonic Unyon Documents (the individuals who provide us Supercrawl).

LTtheMonk's new album, "On the Wall," with cover art by Nick La Rocca.
LTtheMonk’s new album, “On the Wall,” with cover artwork by Nick La Rocca.Stephanie Montani picture

LT has been residing in Hamilton due to the fact 2017 when he moved in this article from England to study songs at Mohawk University. He understood minimal about the city when he arrived, but he was identified to build a tunes foothold somewhere in North America, the place wherever he feels his hip-hop roots belong.

He immediately turned immersed in the nearby arts scene, DJing regularly at L’Etranger wine bar on James North (now shut) and operating open microphone evenings wherever he could obtain a person.

His distinctive beats and wry lyrics grew to become common among his fellow Mohawk learners and a trio of jazz-trained musicians — Santiago Rozo-Paz (keyboards), Cam Watson (bass) and Lucas Hibbs (drums) — turned LT’s backing band, filling out his audio.

Born in London, England, the uniquely named rapper, LTtheMonk, now makes Hamilton his home.
Born in London, England, the uniquely named rapper, LTtheMonk, now makes Hamilton his residence.Stephanie Montani image

They started performing at local clubs where LT was also able to showcase his dance techniques, gleaned from a childhood of researching Michael Jackson video clips. He received a track record as the guy who performs in athletic socks. Footwear acquired in the way of his moves.

“I discovered to dance in front of the television established in socks,” LT, 26, points out. “So, when I started accomplishing, I never ever genuinely felt cozy in shoes.”

In 2019, LTtheMonk produced his 1st full-size album, the independently generated “Kinks, Beverages & Hip Hop.” That album and subsequent shows introduced LT to the awareness of the Sonic Unyon label, which signed him to a recording deal and included him to the Supercrawl lineup.

The new album “On the Wall” — his initial with the backing of a history label — reflects the many influences that merge to make his seem. The album’s title is a twist on Michael Jackson’s 1979 breakthrough album, “Off the Wall.” You are going to also obtain references to Jay-Z, his rapper idol, Spike Lee’s movie “Do the Right Detail,” and Jodeci, LT’s favourite ’90s R&B team.

There is even a nod to Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi.

Video directed/filmed/colored/edited by Matt Azzarello. ‘Four Seasons’ is the fourth single from LTtheMonk’s approaching entire-size album ‘On The Wall’, out August 20th 2021 on Sonic Unyon Records.

The initial movie launch from “On the Wall” is an bold hip-hop suite referred to as “Four Seasons,” a tribute to the Vivaldi classic of the identical title. The 4-section monitor, which closes the album, traces the seasons by way of the cycle of a enjoy affair.

“I was listening to Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ a large amount and pondering how I could create that lyrically about the seasons as a result of a really like story,” LT states. “Passion of summer months, the rebirth of spring, the darkness of fall … there is so much to use there.”

There’s also plenty of references to LT’s newly adopted house of Hamilton, primarily in the keep track of “Dark Italians,” a tongue-in-cheek homage to the metropolis and its loaded Sicilian cultural heritage.

Video directed/filmed/edited/colored by Matt Azzarello. ‘Dark Italians’ is the next solitary from LTtheMonk’s impending full-duration album ‘On The Wall’, out in 2021 on Sonic Unyon Documents.

“Hamilton’s underdog expertise resonates with my very own character, striving to defeat on the way to success,” he suggests. “There is much more grittiness in this article and which is what I like to see mirrored in my surroundings.”

LT suggests Sonic Unyon is pushing the album tough and it has now obtained some traction on U.S. and Canadian faculty radio stations, as well as the CBC. Now, the target is to get on stage with people athletic socks and push the album are living.

“The aspiration is above the up coming handful of several years to be touring throughout North America,” he claims.

LTtheMonk’s future display is Thursday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., at The Casbah (Queen Road at King West). Tickets are offered by way of Eventbrite.ca or through LT’s web-site ltthemonk.com.