LOOPRAT exists in the subgenre of Jazz/Hip Hop. Our collective consists of four MCs and six instrumentalists (drums, bass, guitar, keys, alto sax, trumpet). Formed in late 2013, LOOPRAT quickly began sharing the stage with some of St. Louis' key hip hop performers such as Black Spade, Tef Poe and MME. Over the past two years LOOPRAT has also shared bills with artists including Slum Village, Black Milk, Talib Kweli, Prof, Saba, ProbCause, Chip the Ripper (King Chip), The Palmer Squares, ShowYouSuck, Barrel Maker, and Sidewalk Chalk. Coming off of shows at SXSW in 2015 and 2016 and gigs at the University of Indiana, Dayton, Millikin and Lawrence Wisconsin, the band has gotten a taste for travel.
The foundation is set and LOOPRAT looks forward to expanding both musically and geographically.
NatKingFlo: An original member of the LOOPRAT crew, Nate King has been recording Hip-Hop since 2009. With a background in jazz, his classically trained musicianship paired with a deep understanding of modern America makes him a cultural representative. As an artist, his abilities range from writing to composition, from lyrical to musical and everywhere in-between. NatKingFlo's Debut solo project titled INFINATE was released in 2014; combining his MC skill set with a mix of underground and new school production providing a unique listening experience. Nate graduated from Webster University in 2017 with a degree in media communications. [MC, Producer]
David Bohlen: Bohlen, also known as Davie Napalm, joined the LOOPRAT crew in 2015. Similarly to NatKingFlo, his relationship with Hip-Hop was longstanding before joining the group. Despite a catalog of unreleased demos, it was in 2016 that Napalm released his debut project: LOOPRAT's 'How We Live EP'. The project features classical Hip-Hop exclusively produced by Bohlen. When not working on music, David manages his own family farm with his partner and brother Thomas. [MC, Producer]
Will-Be: The man behind the collectives name, Will-Be is a proud St. Louis native with roots in Philadelphia and North Carolina. The hip-hop culture of these two areas combined with the huSTLe mentality of Saint Louis are the origins of Will's ill flows and enthusiasm for rap culture. With completion of a business degree from the University of Missouri in Spring of 2018, the young entrepreneur is a networking savvy industry level representative of the group. His skill set ranges from organizing and promoting shows to expanding the brand all while operating as a talented artist. [MC]
Armani: Newest MC of LOOPRAT and an artist who has worked with David Bohlen over the years as the both honed their craft. In 2016, Armani released his debut project '(Al)most.' His 2017 follow up 'What I Think' is his first full length project. With work on the new band project underway, expect more collaboration with the crew in the near future. [MC]
Joey Ferber: Joseph has had a hand LOOPRAT's development since humble beginnings of the group. What began as a collection of young men with talent, connection and belief in the transformative possibilities of music has become a professional endeavor on both the music and business fronts of the band. As a musician, writer, and teaching artist, Joseph works long days and busy nights splitting time between many of life's discipline's. LOOPRAT only refined Joseph's practice in patience, work ethic, and honesty in his commitments to art and collective awareness. A listener by trade, Joseph expects more evolution in the music of LOOPRAT as the creative process has always been one of growing pains and pleasant surprise. For Ferber, it is an honor to play with the individuals who comprise LOOPRAT on any given day, and the experience gained within the group has been essential to his growth as a creative, and as a human being. [Guitarist]
Sam Katz: Similar to Joseph, Samuel lives the duality of commitment to the Saint Louis collective LOOPRAT while pursuing a degree. His studies in the University of Cincinnati music program will see him achieve a degree in Jazz studies. Sam's classical jazz training allows him coordinate and compose many LOOPRAT originals in addition to revising the drafts of other producers and musicians in the group. Katz has been a key source for creating, evolving and sustaining the LOOPRAT sound. [Saxophonist]
Albert Marshall: A recent graduate from the University of Lawrence, Wisconsin with a degree in physics, Marshall has taken a job in Saint Louis and will continue his tenure as the righteous, groovy baseline of LOOPRAT's ensemble. [Bassist]
Ben Aronberg: The University of Miami graduate applies his skills in computer science on the east coast but makes time to contribute production to the MCs with occasional reunions in the Midwest for shows and recordings. [Pianist, Producer]
Zach Morrow: Former member of the University City jazz band that evolved into LOOPRAT's initial ensemble, Zach is an extremely talented percussionist currently touring and working in the Kansas City scene. [Drums]