DANKA is a Jacksonville, FL-based punk-dub hybrid headed up by singer/guitarist Matt Henderson. Unleashing a focused, emotional blend of sunny Florida reggae vibes with the charged-up intensity of classic skate-punk and peppered with accessible lyrics, DANKA has been tearing up the First Coast and beyond for well over a decade. In 2019, the quartet is rounded out by three very talented North Florida musicians: drummer Richard DeVaughn and guitarist Sergio Pajaro bring a decidedly metal-edge to the irie-surfer rhythms, and bassist Adam Kenneway is a jazz-trained player who leans aggressively into his low-end grooves. The sum of these eclectic parts has evolved into an alchemy that informs the music of DANKA.
Heavily influenced by a diverse palette of artists including King Tubby, Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, The Clash, Pennywise, NOFX, Blind Melon, Pantera, and Sublime, Henderson first unveiled the DANKA project in 2005 while still at Fletcher High School in Jacksonville Beach. An avid skater since his youth, Henderson is responsible for writing beloved DANKA tracks like “Dead Man’s Guitar”, “Make It Through”, and “Perfectly Strange”. In the ensuing years, his band has rocked rabid audiences everywhere from Blackwater Music Festival (hosted at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL) to South Park Music Festival in Colorado, and were booked regularly at the now-defunct, legendary Jax Beach rock venue Freebird Live.