The Royal Kush Band
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Royal Kush is a 4 piece Hip Hop/Reggae/Blues band from Cape Breton Island. Jim Melvin (lead vocals/guitar) formerly of Ventpipe Funk, Matt Nokes (rapper/scratches) formerly of Sick Kookies, JT Mitchell of Ricochet on bass and Ayvery ‘Trew’ Norman on drums.
Nokes and Jim Melvin linked up in 2007 for Jim’s appearance on Sick Kookies track “Looky Looky”. After recording,having few beers and a long chat about similar influences the two toyed with the idea of someday making a rap album with instruments instead of beats.
After Sick Kookies disbanded in late 2008, Jim and Nokes had tried working on a song Jim wrote and composed called “A Dig” and since then started recording an album then eventually started jamming with Jesse MacInnis to enhance their percussion.
Later on after losing Jesse to the money out west, they recruited ‘JT’ Mitchell and Carlin MacVicar. In 2017, the band released the ‘Indica EP’, but in early 2018 after relocating to Halifax with his new family we had to say peace to our good friend Carlin.
In April 2018, they welcomed new drummer Ayvery Norman (better known to the Sydney area as urban DJ/Instrumentalist, DJ Trew).
Royal Kush are stoked as a band for everything 2018 has in store!