Somerset House Studios resident


Producer, DJ, sound artist and theorist. 

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

As a musician and producer, rkss (Robin Buckley) takes a critical approach to music with their experimental productions, using sound as a series of gestures to explore complex socio-political issues by working with and pushing against social contexts.

rkss' live sets fuse unpredictable, divergent rhythms with radical synthesis techniques to reimagine and explore speculative futures, creating space for new and different ways of being. Releases include Brostep in the Style of Florian Hecker and DJ Tools (UIQ), which was named one of Pitchfork’s experimental albums of 2018.

Their high energy DJ sets shift between 160 - 200BPM and are known to include anything from trap, gabber and techno through to musique concrete, hardcore and obscure jersey club edits - often blending 3 or more of these elements - resisting categorisation and questioning established hierarchies within dance music.

Robin has performed on line-ups with LYZZA, House of Kenzo, Cõvco, Lee Gamble, Juliana Huxtable and ZULI, with recent live performances at the ICA, Mutek Montréal, Stroom Den Haag, Sonic Acts, Mutek Argentina, Café OTO, Schiev Festival and LUFF Festival; DJ performances at Somerset House and FOLD in London, Berlin’s Volksbühne, Moldrovina in Milan and La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris.

As a theorist Robin has delivered lectures on their ideas about the political and social contexts of music at the Tate, Goldsmiths College and New Contemporaries x South London Gallery. In April and May they taught on the the BA Fine Art course at Central Saint Martins. They have contributed to the International Computer Music Association’s journal ARRAY.

Robin’s work has been featured in The Wire, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, FACT and DJ Mag (among others). In 2019 they were resident on Rinse FM and have also contributed mixes to NTS, Resonance FM and Siren.

During this residency rkss will be collaborating with Laura Fox to focus on expanding their audiovisual works, and they are about to begin a month long residency at Wysing Arts Centre.