R. City finally get their due recognition with What Dreams Are Made Of.

In an interview with The Fader magazine Rock city(R.City) had a lot to say.

An arena-ready chorus from Adam Levine might sound like a strange fit for what’s otherwise a straight-
up Caribbean slow-jam, but the
Maroon 5 frontman’s appearance
on “Locked Away” was the extra little push that helped propel
Timothy and Theron Thomas,
together known as R. City, up the charts this fall after years behind
the scenes. The brothers, who have
made a name for themselves as
hired-gun songwriters in the
decade since they moved to the
United States from the Virgin Islands, have helped pen songs for
everyone from Miley Cyrus to Rihanna, whose strip-club anthem “Pour It Up” earned them a Grammy in 2014. But their dream
has ultimately been to put out their
own music. “We started out as
artists,” Theron says. “We ended
up writing songs for other people
by mistake.” Twice they recorded albums that were eventually
shelved and never released, first
on Akon’s KonLive imprint and then on their own short-lived label.
It was the third time that ended up
the charm for the brothers—their
debut album, What Dreams Are Made Of, was finally released in October.

What was the first song you guys
wrote together?

THERON: The first song I can remember us writing was called
“Fresh,” and it was terrible. We
were like 10 and 11 years old.
From then we just wrote music all
the time. Music was a great outlet
for two project kids from the Virgin Islands who didn’t have
anything. When Hurricane Marilyn
hit in 1995, it shut down
everything. We couldn’t go
anywhere, and there was a 6 p.m.
curfew. We had no electricity and no water. So we wrote and sang

After having albums shelved,
how does it feel to finally release

TIMOTHY: It’s a dream come true. We literally come from a 32-
square-mile island, and we started
out making music just for the kids
in our ghetto. We went from
making music for Saint Thomas to
eventually making music for the entire Virgin Islands. We moved to
the United States to introduce the
world to our home. It always kind
of felt like an unrealistic dream
because no one had ever made it
out of the Virgin Islands doing music—no one had really made it
out of the Virgin Islands doing
anything. It’s kind of like when you
heard N.W.A. for the first time. They were so proud to say, “We’re
from Compton.” For us, we’re so
proud to say, “We’re from Saint

With artists dipping their toes in
Caribbean sounds lately, it feels
like there’s an audience for the
kind of music you make that
didn’t exist just a few years ago.

THERON: We believe that we’re original and different enough for
the time. There ain’t nothing like
the music of R. City in the
marketplace right now. There ain’t
no other us. But the music we
make is global—there’s a Caribbean parade in almost every
city in the world. Los Angeles has
a Caribbean parade, London has a
Caribbean parade. We everywhere.
You can’t get rid of island people.


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