Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, akaÂ Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within. His father,Â Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally renowned jazz drummer who played with theÂ Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight. His brotherÂ Ronald Bruner, Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has played with the likes ofÂ Roy Hargrove, Stanley Clarke, andÂ Wayne Shorter. Stephen joined his brother as a member of West Coast punk vetsÂ Suicidal Tendencies, playing bass on their worldwide tours while still in high school. He also toured through Japan withÂ Stanley ClarkeÂ at the age of 16.
As Thundercat, Bruner takes his jazz roots and works with a mix of artists that suit his wildly experimental sensibilities – ranging fromÂ Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, andÂ Stanley Clarke, as well as more recent collaborations withÂ Wiz KhalifaÂ andÂ Earl Sweatshirt, to name but a few. After meeting and touring withÂ Flying Lotus, the two artists collaborated on Lotusâ€™ 2010 LPÂ CosmogrammaÂ on the track “MmmHmm.” Their kindred sense of musicality led to Thundercatâ€™s 2011 solo debutÂ The Golden Age of Apocalypse,Â co-produced byÂ Flying Lotus, which opened Bruner up to a new stratosphere of songwriting and artistic exploration.
In 2013, Thundercat teamed up with executive producerÂ Flying LotusÂ once again, to form a profound body of work for his second album,Â Apocalypse.â€™ Forthcoming on LotusÂ’Â BrainfeederÂ imprint this July, the album straddles lines and pushes genres further, blurring the confines of pop, funk, electronica and prog rock, and creating something else entirely. Both vulnerable and fearless, a comedy and tragedy,Â ApocalypseÂ is an intimate portrait of an artist who will continue to take music to a new place; the beyond.