United Kingdom - Sweden - Norway - Finland - United States
Our home countries.
SO WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
The Underdog. The Self-Made. The Independent, D.I.Y. type. The take no slight nor insult.
Ghetto Viking Music & Clothing is an idea. One birthed from the need for a bridge between two of the most polarising, yet talented genres on the planet that share the same roots. We don't care about what's better, because both are the best, as well as everything in between that connects them. We are all about representing, unifying, and building a community of like minded individuals that want to do something!
Ghetto - 1. An impoverished, neglected, or otherwise disadvantaged yet self reliant residential area of a city.
2. Urban; of or relating to (inner) city life
3. Jury-rigged, improvised, or home-made (usually with extremely cheap or sub-standard components), yet still deserving of an odd sense of respect from ghetto dwellers and non-ghetto dwellers alike.
Viking - 1. Commonly any of the Scandinavian pirates who plundered the coasts of Europe from the 8th to 10th centuries.
2. Sea-roving bandit; pirate. Also likened to adventurer/explorer.
3. An action to go out into the world and take what is needed, and acquire fame and or fortune.
So with both examples given, a Ghetto Viking is a the mixture of someone who, despite being at a disadvantage, will do what they must to gain a better life and be proud of where they came from. It doesn't matter what hand was dealt, for we decide our course in life.
So, come join the crew.
"King" Kyle Mortiss - Co-Owner/Artist/Musician
"Queen" Kat Hellstrom - Co-Owner/Legal/Financial
"Finnish" Benjamin Rowan - Financial/Promotion
Freya Stealey - Artist
Thomas Arne Rørstad - Promotion
”One-Eye” Sam Collins - Financial/Promotion
”Blue” Rachel Short - Financial/Promotion
In 2015 in the ruins of a semi-successful groove metal band, co-owner Kyle Mortiss came up with the idea of making a brand, and a banner name that passionate and dedicated people could potentially unify under, and attract those willing to work to achieve their goals. Musicians, artists, and anybody else that wants to make a mark on the world were and are welcome.
With co-owner Kat Hellstrom joining the fold, the duo got to work to start something new, working their way into the local scene, and then farther afield with the help of "Finnish" Benjamin Rowen, Freya Stealey, Keith "Def-KillA" Cunningham, Morgan "Zombie" Cunningham, the DripFed Empire crew, Josh "Delirious" Wyngar, the Wreckage of Society crew, and many others, to bring something fresh and appease the alternative crowds that have long been forced to stagnate from being force fed the same old detritus.
The goal is to have club nights wherever will have us. To bring the perfect blend of hip-hop and heavy metal, and as mentioned previously all things in between.
To have an army of like minded people wearing our brand, and knowing they're not alone.
To eventually, have a music festival where the real party can kick off.
From nothing to everything. Against all odds. Who's with us?
"Ghetto Viking? Ha! Love it." - Jahred Gomes of (həd) p.e.
"Refuses to play the same old songs you hear at other alternative club nights. Does it's own thing with a solid core of amazing bands. Great night, full of awesome people." - Zak (Patron of the club nights)
"Friendly people, great company. Always a lot of fun, awesome music and I highly recommend." - Jake (Patron of the club nights)
"Quality Clothing. Quality People. Quality Music. GVMC!" - Def-KillA
"Awesome clothing line, music crew. The club nights are the bomb!" - Jay of Drip Fed Empire