Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, RATIONALE was first inspired by his mother’s diverse record collection which included everything from Fela Kuti to Meat Loaf. Later settling in London, RATIONALE discovered late 90s rock and indie, and soaked up the eclectic influences that are now found in his music.
RATIONALE released his debut Fuel To The Fire EP in September on Dan from Bastille’s label Best Laid Plans. It has since accumulated over 2 million plays on Soundcloud, 3.5 million plays on Spotify, with support from Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Elton John and Zane Lowe at Beats 1. His first London show this past October sold out two months in advance, and he will head to the US in February for a set of inaugural performances. Stay tuned for further details.
In his own words: “”Something For Nothing” is a groove based disco tinged love song written about someone I know. I was listening to a lot of Prince and watching Marvin Gaye/ Quincy Jones documentaries around the time I wrote it. I’m a big bass-line fan so when I wrote this one, I knew exactly where I wanted to take it.”