Presented by Kevin
Music is powerful, it can pacify someone and also aggravate them, it can even change history. I realised this at a young age and became fascinated at just how significant music can be, it changed my life to think it could change others. After getting a much wanted tape recorder Christmas 1997 I started to record melodies which came to me, aged five, influences from my parents vast record collection meant that virtually anything could be conjured up in my mind and to me that was magical. Being from a mixed heritage, my mum from Guyana in South American and my dad from Croyden in England I was constantly surrounded by contrasting music. From Electric light orchestra to Joan Armatraden, from Oasis to Black Uhuru, to me music wasn't split into genres, music was something which touched the soul. If it made you want to dance, to reflect, to cry to shout, it was good. As I got older I learned the guitar, at first it was a struggle, as I think at a young age you expect things to come instantly. However I quickly got my act together realising you had to work hard and the importance of playing an instrument well in conveying my own songs to others in the best possible way. With my eye on the end goal, seeking to establish myself as a singer/songwriter be it through songs performed by me or by others, I played and played, reaching my grade 6 classical guitar by 17. Learning guitar classically in itself has put me in great stead. Getting to know your instrument in every aspect prepares you for anything that can be thrown at you and makes your music different. For me melody is the most important part of the music, a good top line is essential for hitting the core. Melody is my forte and I will not enjoy my own songs if it doesn't have "that feeling", and if I can't enjoy them then how can I expect others to? Entering a competition in 2008 "Preston's got talent" I played my own composition "Got to let you go", about a relationship with someone not going anywhere. I was 16 at the time with no real knowledge of what it would be like to be living with such a person for example the lyrics: So here I am mulling my thoughts over/ while you're there flat out on my sofa/. Yet I could use aspects of my life and others to create this song. It must have been convincing as I went on to win the competition. For me I don't have to live it to be able to write it, I have a strong sense of empathy towards all people and from that, no subject is off limits. I can promise you my music is diverse, I don't like to be pigeon holed, we are artists right so why would we want to be confined to just one thing? Currently I am working on several projects, which includs running an open mic with a fellow songwriter, producing/writing and fronting a swing electro band, fronting a reggae covers band as well as fronting my own band with my own material and co writing with other talented people, which is so exiciting! I am here to bring all the influences that make me who I am today and share them with Brighton and beyond!
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