Banx & Ranx
Drawing from a rich melting pot of influences, Banx & Ranx are the producer duo infiltrating pop music with a unique fusion of world music genres. Founded in 2014 and comprised of producers Zacharie ‘Soké’ Raymond and Yannick ‘KNY Factory’ Rastogi, the pair met as Montreal-based solo artists fusing reggae and dancehall with electronic beats. “We decided to join forces and blend all of the music that we loved together,” says Yannick.
Signing to Parlophone in 2016 the duo remixed two Gorillaz songs for the label – ‘Saturn Barz’ feat. Popcaan and ‘Let Me Out’ feat. Mavis Staples and Pusha T – both of which were wildly popular and lead to further remix work, including tracks for David Guetta, Jess Glynne, Rudimental, LSD (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo), Mabel, and Little Mix.
2018 saw their biggest achievement to date, when they reached the UK top five with ‘Answerphone’, which saw them collaborating with West London pop singer Ella Eyre and East London rapper Yxng Bane, and has amassed over 117 million streams to date, with 20 million views on its accompanying video.
2018 continued to be a great year as they produced and co-wrote ‘Kiss and Make Up’ a collaboration between Dua Lipa and K-Pop group BLACKPINK, three songs on Sean Paul’s ‘Mad Love the Prequel’ EP, and received a Latin Grammy nomination and a multi-platinum plaque for their contributions to Nicky Jam’s ‘Fenix’ album.
Banx & Ranx latest single ‘Traffic Jam’ sees the duo joining forces with East London rapper Kojo Funds, that continues to cement the unique globally influenced Banx & Ranx sound.
“We’re open to any culture and any one,” says Yannick. “And I think the sound reflects that.” Soké agrees: “I’m very satisfied with the standard and quality of the sound that we’ve worked so hard to develop, because there was no blueprint. I’m very happy with where we’re at right now; with all the sessions, especially the ones in London, the amazing songwriters and producers that we worked with really helped us craft our sound, direction and vision for Banx & Ranx. It’s such a representation of our love for the different cultures that we admire.”