Best known for his UK No. 1 hits ‘I Need a Doller’ and ‘The Man’, as well as his vocal on the late Avicii’s global hit ‘Wake Me Up’, the career of Aloe Blacc has been filled with sharp creative turns reflective of a diverse listening background.

Raised on the sounds of salsa, merengue, and cumbia, the singer, songwriter and producer fell in love with hip-hop as a kid and started writing rap songs when he was nine. With his lyrics drawing influence from socially conscious artists like KRS-One, he put out his first hip-hop mixtape at age 17.

Later developing a fierce admiration for such soul musicians as Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye, he also discovered an affinity for folk-rock singer/songwriters during his college years.