Bonobo’s rise has been stealthy but unstoppable, and Si Green, the man behind it all, is now one of the biggest electronic artists of our time. As a DJ and with the Bonobo live band, he’s now played to millions of people across the world in shows and festivals, and each album has been bigger than the last with 2017’s Migration hitting the top five in the UK and top ten in the Netherlands and Belgium and getting untold press coverage everywhere. During this rise, he also achieved the rare feat for a British dance artist of breaking America – and not with the kind of high-octane shock-tactic rave beats and audiovisual spectaculars that characterized the EDM explosion, but with subtle, emotional, ambiguous and musicianly work that demands long and deep immersion.
This was cemented yet further by two 2018 Grammy nominations, one for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Migration and the other for Best Dance/Electronic Track for ‘Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat. Innov Gnawa)’.