Born and raised in South East London of Colombian & Irish heritage, D-Kel discovered his interest in music via Grime culture from his South London, council estate enviroment and the much more contrasting culture of Reggaeton music, he heard on trips to Colombia, his sound eventually became inspired by the likes of The Streets, The Specials, Dizzee Rascal, Roots Manuva, Rodney P, Tego Calderon & Calle 13.
In 2019, He founded his band ‘D-Kel & Los Bandidos’ a unique hybrid of Punk Rock, Reggae, Rap with the occasional touch of Spanglish lyrics combines perfectly to form an innovative sound. The 4 met through there passion of similar music and their willingness to start a band with a DIY mentality & Punk attitude.
Tearing down formulas with their innovative audio storytelling, The band have a feeling of something classic yet refreshing and original, with a strong London-centric focus in their music as well as paying homage to D-Kel's Latin American roots.
When D-Kel, is not performing with his band, he is curating his 'The Club of Vibes' show on community led radio 'Voices' started in in 2021, his goal being to showcase British Latino grassroots talent, to push UK Latin culture to the wider audience of London and beyond, Now in 2023, D-Kel looks to grow his platform to ensure more people are aware of the British Latin movement as well as releasing more music with his band.