Spotlight Artist Rival Karma

Here at ICMP we are proud to support our students and alumni and always look forward to sharing their successes.

Every Tuesday we source the best new releases from our community and make them #ICMPSpotlight of the week.

This time we've chosen to shine a light on Rival Karma, band which features BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship alumnus Piergiorgio Ciarla.



Rival Karma are a ninja rock London-based duo consisting of Martin William Ross (vocals, guitar) and Piergiorgio Ciarla, Creative Musicianship alumnus (drums, vocals). Their first EP, 'Are You Ninja', came out last summer and received great praise from both fans and the press. The first single, 'Apocalypse Boogie', has been streamed over 50k times on Spotify. Rival Karma's music can't fit within one specific genre; instead, this is how it's been described:

A genre invented by the band, ninja rock comes across as a blend of blues- infused stoner rock and southern rock. Rival Karma’s set was crammed with killer riffs, wildly dynamic drumming and vocals combining just the right amount of grit and smoothness” – Emily Engleheart (Tap the Feed)

'Chemical Courage'  is the latest single taken from the EP.  The song is a blend of blues and southern rock elements, paired with distorted voices and guitars. Check it out here:

Follow our Spotlight 2019 Spotify playlist, and listen to the newest releases by ICMP students and alumni, including 'Chemical Courage' by Rival Karma.


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