New York based duo, Tropic, is what happens when electronic producer & DJ, Phuse, and R&B singer/songwriter Jo-B Sebastian join forces. Born from a mutual respect for each other’s inspirations and musical work, Tropic blends R&B textures, electronic landscapes, pop hooks, and funk rhythms, combining Phuse’s slick, luscious production and beats, with Jo-B’s heartfelt lyrics, and melodies.
Equal parts nostalgic throwback and futuristic forward thinking, it all started when Phuse remixed Jo-B’s debut single, Get to Know You, igniting a working relationship that took their music to a whole new level. Their music collaboration and friendship grew exponentially until they had no new songs without each other and realised Phuse X Jo-B Sebastian was a poor band name.
Born in Hong Kong, raised in Manila, and now living in the East Coast, Jo-B Sebastian’s music taste is as eclectic as his roots. Drawing inspiration from vocal legends like Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Luther Vandross, and driven by his own obsession with retro synths and ‘80s new wave and funk, Jo-B brings his own unique brand of R&B to the Tropic Table. His warm, soulful vocals and charismatic stage presence have seen him headline at international music festivals (PI Jazz Fest & Fete de la Musique), and some of New York City’s most popular music venues.
Born outside LA, Phuse learned to play piano at the same time he learned how to walk. He went on to gain the prestigious 3rd grade superlative of being the “Music Man”. After many high school/college years pondering more “academic pursuits” Phuse decided he actually had no talent or passion for anything outside music. He joined a music school (Icon Collective), dove head first into production and DJing, and has since filled clubs, house parties and festivals, like EDC, with his signature throwback, vibey sounds.
Genre: Electro - R&B / Soul, Pop
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Influence: Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, Earth, Wind & Fire
Sounds Like: Majid Jordan, Hayden James, Disclosure, MNEK, Jessie Ware, SG Lewis, Galimatias, Medasin, NAO, Mura Masa, Kaytranada