Robert Luis is the founder, co-owner and A&R for Tru Thoughts http://www.tru-thoughts.co.uk the record label based in Brighton, England. He has worked with and introduced a whole host of acts into the musical world, signing Quantic, Bonobo, Belleruche and Alice Russell and releasing their debut albums, as well as signing the likes of Nostalgia 77, Werkha, Hidden Orchestra, Zed Bias, Titeknots, Rodney P, Harleighblu, Flowdan and Hot 8 Brass Band.
His background has always been in DJing. Promoting and spinning at some legendary club nights in Brighton and booking and DJing with the likes of Mr Scruff, Basement Jaxx, Ashley Beedle, Groove Armada, James Lavelle, Fabio, Gilles Peterson, Roni Size The Nextmen and 4 Hero. Many of which made their debut appearance in Brighton thanks to Robert's forward thinking musical mind. Robert currently has a DJ residency called "Sonic Switch" http://www.sonicswitch.co.uk in Brighton where he plays a Five Hour set (check the Gig page for more info).
He also has a weekly radio show called Unfold which goes out in Brighton on Fridays (Midnight-2am) on Juice 107.2 and is podcasted / streamed on the Tru Thoughts website each week. So you can be assured he has his finger on the pulse when it comes to playing the new tunes and new styles and also digs deep into his excellent record collection too.
His DJ style covers a wide range of music from beats, jazz, jungle, grime, funk, bass, tropical, hip hop, reggae, soul to drum and bass. Balancing new and upfront music whilst also playing music from past decades as well as special dubplates. This eclectic style has resulted in him DJ'ing across the world, DJing everywhere from underground clubs in Moscow, USA, Europe, Australia and across the UK to MTV Party's in Cannes, Bestival, Montreux, SXSW, The Big Chill and a whole host of festivals across Europe. FACT Magazine put Robert in their list of the 100 Most Underrated DJs: http://www.factmag.com/2014/10/26/100-underrated-djs
Robert started to learn the Recorder aged 8 years old (even though his teachers asked him not to) and swiftly moved to playing the Triangle aged 9. After hearing Hip Hop music aged 10 he decided to give up (even after being offered a scholarship to study Triangle at the Brit School....home of every great artist to come out of the UK....ever). Robert has recorded music under the name Nirobi, which includes a collaboration with Bonobo (under Bonobo's Brarakas guise). Nirobi is also the name Robert uses for his promo only DJ edits and remixes. His reworks of DJ friendly tracks have had the support of the likes of Mos Def, Gilles Peterson, Quantic, Laurent Garnier, Rob Da Bank, Mr Scruff, Dimitri from Paris, Ashley Beedle, Daddy G (Massive Attack), Toddla T, Danny Krivit, Garth Trinidad, Rich Medina, Nickodemus and many others.