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As a young child, Toby Petter Herskind Sorensen a.k.a. Rocker-T was taught to sing in a Lutheran choir in Brooklyn, New York. From a very early age into his teens he played the piano and the classical guitar.

By the time he was in High School he was playing in a Rock band, a Punk band and a New Wave band. The Punk band known as Noize Police evolved into a Ska-Reggae trio named the Ska-Danks which by 1989 had mutated into an underground dancehall-Reggae-HipHop phenomenon boasting guests like Jamalski, Sugar Minott and Shaggy. Also around 1988 he began toasting for the Brooklyn based Eruption Hi-Power and TNT Boys & Girls as well as Manhattan based BBC2 HiFi which was run by the current Editor-in-Chief of Vibe Magazine, Rob Kenner. Of note are opening gigs for Buster Poindexter & the Bansees of Blue, Cypress Hill, Lee Scratch Perry, Burning Spear and Super Cat among a myriad of others. At the same time Rocker-T formed Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fidelity Sound System fronting the sound as both a selecter and an MC.

Skadanks signed to Edutainer/Elektra in 1991 releasing Whole World African produced by KRS One in 1991 and Give Thanks produced by the band and D2 in 1994. The Biltmore Ballroom, Reggae Lounge, the Wetlands, S.O.B.'s, Tramps and the Lion's Den are among many venues that Rocker-T and company shredded on a regular basis.

All the while Rocker-T had been evolving both his musical tastes and styles and in 1995 he headed to the west coast and joined the Roots-Meditation outfit Jah Levi and the Higher Reasoning touring extensively from Seattle to Santa Cruz. He was soon blessed to travel to Trinidad & Tobago and also Jamaica where he performed at the Portmore Entertainment Center opening for Jr. Cat and Capleton. During this time he was initiated by Elder Lidj Ras Menelik Da Costa and Rastafari Elder Ras Pidow into the true and living science of Word, Sound & Power and Niyahbinghi Chanting and Drumming. Also in this same year he was asked to be one of the main frontmen for the newly-formed and presently renown Cannabis Cup Band and played the Amsterdam Cannabis Cup for the first of many times, of special note backing and singing with Rita Marley for Bob Marley's induction into the Cannabis Hall of Fame, opening for Spearhead, and eventually becoming the DJ Coordinator for the entire event.

In 1997 Rocker-T returned to New York to team up with long-time Ska-Scene brethrens King Django of the Stubborn All-Stars and Agent Jay of Crazy Baldhead. He started production and recording of his first solo album along with Agent Jay and bassist Victor Rice subsequently to be released on Stubborn Records.
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Around the same time he met San Francisco based producer Steffen Franz a.k.a. Stand Out Selector and also began to record tracks for Franz's Positive Sound Massive label. This year saw the release of four tunes on PSM, Tru Freedom Fighters and War Pan Pause both featuring Rocker's storm-the-mic days partner Jamalski, along with Jah Everlasting and the original Tru Ganjaman. In 1998 King Django's Stubborn Records released Nicer By The Hour and PSM released the Tru Ganjaman Remix and If Yu Luv Luv, Show Ya Luv. These three records are pure Rocker-T classics among his many fans, and of particular note the cover of his Tru Ganjaman Remix is noticeably present in a scene from the Ice Cube film Next Friday.

Rocker's popularity allowed him to tour in Japan and Europe between 1994 and 1999. Also in 1999 he began to be a regular fixture at Rainbow Gatherings. Surfing between the East and West Coasts, Rocker-T found himself associating with both Glenroy "Capo" Adams of the Upsetters (The Wailers' original touring band) in Brooklyn and also Owen Maigret, a Bay Area Painter & Producer with a flair for underground hits.

Glen Adams released Rocker-T's A New Revelation just prior to the year 2000 and Mr. Maigret's Conquering Lion Soundz released T's only to-date recorded-in-Amsterdam production, a tune entitled Sensi In The Club which has become quite popular among the artists of Amsterdam as well as the club kids of Panama. In the year 2000 he appeared at Reggae On The River, an event that was marked by the overwhelming enthusiasm of the backstage staff and front-row fans toward Rocker's presence. Also at Reggae on the River is where Rocker-T established a relationship with Joan Baez. In 2001 he played the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and was invited back in 2004. Once again it was obvious that Rocker-T was quite the local favorite, judging by the exodus of fans from the main stage to the village stage where he was performing.

Rocker-T also released two more albums, PSM's More Luv in 2002 and Hold On Strong in 2004 on Zionway Recordings. He has recorded some very popular Raggaton in Panama as well as co-inventing Socaton with Panama City DJ Fulo. Rocker-T has performed in N.Y.C.'s Central Park, CBGBs, and B.B. Kings, S.F.'s Golden Gate Park, Maritime Hall and The Fillmore, The L.A. House of Blues, Fox Theatre in Boulder and the Melkweg in Amsterdam to name a few venues. At this time Rocker hosts a bi-monthly HipHop/Reggae party in downtown Oakland with sound-system partner DJ Smoke1. He continues to perform live and is currently producing tracks featuring Cutty Ranks, KRS One, Shinehead and Joan Baez.

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