Vybespace is a fancy intercontinental collective of musicians and vocalists, all of whom have settled in the region of Basel, Switzerland. The group performs mainly original compositions in the reggae, funk, hip-hop and RnB genres. The band’s history is closely linked to the Vybez Studio Basel and its music. Crucial for the band’s formation was Schus-T, who is constantly producing tracks with artists from the studio environment, in particular with the studio owner William Martin and the American rapper MineBlown.
The rhythm section
Christophe Schuster aka Schus-T
bandleader, drums, vocals
The Basel native played in bands like Free Limits and BullBo, but has in recent years concentrated on studio work as a producer. (facebook.com/schusticriss)
The Australian from Perth lives since 2017 in Basel. In his hometown, he was part of the local music scene.
Lukáš Machata aka Lou Kash
The Prague, Czechia native has been active in the Swiss music scene since 1984 as a guitarist, bassist, DJ, producer, sound engineer and graphic designer. (loukash.com)
Nikos Ibarra Mante
keyboards (passive group member as of early 2020)
The Filipino professional musician studied choral conducting at the Manila Conservatory and came to Switzerland in 2012 with his wife.
Mat “dsu” Branger
The Swiss multimedia artist with Congolese roots currently alternates for Nikos.
The Swiss keyboard wizard is designated to join Vybespace in March 2020.
acoustic and electronic percussion
The Swiss rhythm aficionado and a former professional dancer is the latest addition to the collective as of February 2020.
Vybespace is currently working with two singers, both of whom are also solo artists:
William Martin aka Sugardaddy
lead vocals, lyrics
Originating from the Caribbean island of Antigua, the singer, producer and DJ has been deeply rooted in the Basel reggae scene since the 1990s.
The talented rapper and MC from Atlanta, Georgia, has been living and working in the Basel region since 2015.