Antonio Rudder is a natural born musician who was taught by Janice Millington at age 8 to play the piano. Continuing through to grade 4, he learned the basics that would guide him through his career as a professional keyboard player. As a youth, he recalls paying attention to live music (calypso tents, live video recordings) and how he was inspired by all the action taking place, the roles of band members, sound of the instruments and the energy of the crowds. It was in his local environment that his commitment to and resolve for making music developed. No matter the venue, the resources, or the work it would take, Antonio knew he would GET INVOLVED!
Influenced genetically by his father who is also a musician, the sound of music in nature, the productions of artists like Michael Jackson, Gabby, Serenader, John King and the list goes on, …Antonio’s vision broadened and his passion took root. He continues to be impressed by the grooves of the classic soul, jazz, bebop tunes as well as hip hop music, art and culture. Antonio embraces and fuses the styles of all musical genres while creating and producing his sound.
As a songwriter and producer he has worked with a multitude of underground artists and contributed to various mix tapes. In 2005, he produced the original version of “Waistline Licking Shots”, written and performed by Didier ‘Mr Dj’ Skeete, which was then re-produced by Deepu Panjwani of Lethal Studios and went on to win 2nd place in Road March. Antonio has his own library of instrumentals that he has been composing and compiling from the time he realized that by utilizing the “PLAY”, “PAUSE” and “RECORD” buttons on his radio, he could actually arrange music on cassette tapes. His fascination with and dedication to making music compelled him to release his debut soca single, “De Carnival (We Love It)” in May of this year.
Playing live for various events with Wayne Onkphra Wells and his band Lion Soul, on the hotel circuit with the band Rhapzody, soca band Electrik, reggae band Zion Trybe to currently employing his skills as a keyboardist/Ableton operator for the band Krosfyah, he continues to realize and demonstrate his potential as a performer. The experience gained from playing in bands and travelling around the world is one of many blessings that keeps Antonio grounded in the music industry and for these things he remains thankful.
Antonio’s enthusiasm for originality and inventing new licks, chops and styles gives life to his compositions. His production company, Mind Spray Labz, has a motto: “Let’s Make Music!” because that is what motivates his goals. Antonio is looking forward to empowering others through his tunes to do what they love and to share his love for music as well.