This Monday I am currently writing from Aachen in Germany, so I thought I’d take this as an opportunity to include a German singer in my Music Monday. Now you may well have heard of Lena before, she’s a young singer who won the Eurovision song contest in 2010. Now before you roll your eyes at me have a listen to this song first and then make a conclusion if you like her or not. You’ll probably be surprised and may well recognise it!
Sorry about my absence over the past couple of weeks! With assessments looming I’ve been swamped under with deadlines and haven’t had a chance to post. To get back into the swing of things I thought I’d start with a Music Monday post and go from there!
So this week’s band is one that I’ve enjoyed seeing grow, develop and build up a large following over the past few years. Their name is Eliza and the Bear and they have just released their debut album! Their tunes follow a rock theme but there’s definitely some undertones of folk and alternative. Definitely worth a listen and one to watch out for! Here’s my favourite song of theirs, It Gets Cold.
Kelvin Jones, as you’ve probably heard if you read my last post, is an up and coming pop and blues singer, with a talent for guitar riffs and emotional lyrics. I was lucky enough to catch up with him before his gig supporting James Morrison and find out what the experience of moving from a university student, to a YouTube sensation to performing live with James Morrison was like! Here’s the results!
What’s your story so far?
This whole thing started two or three years ago, when I was in university and I was playing guitar in the local pubs, just trying to do the whole music thing. I wrote this song, Call You Home, and it just blew up and went viral. That was my ticket out.
From university, to YouTube Sensation, to supporting James Morrison, how does it feel to be so successful?
The word success scares me, I never really feel like I’ve quite made it. So regardless of what level I’m at it still feels like I’m not quite there. It still feels like how it did playing in the pubs, just a lot bigger crowd and a lot nicer pub!
Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Musical is kind of simple, John Mayer and BB King. I don’t think there’s any one person from the non-musical perspective, more different arts, like photography and videography.
What have you got planned for 2016?
Just playing, playing, playing. There’s nothing like performing your music to a crowd and getting feedback from them about my music. So that’s all we’re doing. Anywhere and everywhere. We’ll be playing a lot in Germany weirdly and a few festivals, including Isle of Wight and The Great Escape.
What’s the best bit about touring?
The little moments when you realise what you’re doing and how far you’ve come. It’s pretty cool and still so new!
Sum yourself and your music up in three words.
Pop, I’m not going to shy away from that word, because it’s now a dirty word and it shouldn’t be. For myself I’ll say obsessive, because you need to be for this job. I’ll go with scared for the last one, for both my music and me, because I’m still figuring stuff out. I’m scared of where my music might not go, because I have such high expectations of where it could go. So yeah, pop, obsessive and scared!
If you missed my last post, check out one of his newest songs here: (I love what they do with the guitar!)