Kelvin Jones went from average teenager to up and coming artist almost overnight after his first track Call You Home went viral in less then 24 hours. Now there seems to be no stopping the promising young singer/songwriter as he prepares for his UK tour. We were interested to find out more about this rising star.
What artists inspired you to get into music originally?
Kelvin: Nothing in particular actually inspired me to get into music so to speak. I just picked up the guitar and got entirely obsessed with it. So music just kinda grabbed me then!
How does it feel to gain recognition/publicity so rapidly from going viral?
Kelvin: It’s a shock for sure. It just feels like something that will never happen to you, even when it’s happening to you. The thing about it that you don’t ever consider is the fact that it feels so ephemeral and that you really have to grab hold of it while it’s happening.
You’ve been compared to the likes of George Ezra and Passenger, would you say they’re inspiration for your sound?
Kelvin: I wouldn’t say that those guys are the inspiration for my sound, mainly because they are sort of the same generation as me. We probably all look to the same heroes and so we have that same vibe, but I absolutely love their music and it’s truly an honour to just be mentioned in the same breath.You’re supporting James Morrison on tour, who else would be on your list of people to support?
Kelvin: Oh man so many! I’d LOVE to go on tour with James Bay. What I truly appreciate about him and his music is the hint of a blues aspect. I try to do that with my music because I’m a blues fanatic, but I don’t think you really have to hit people over the head with it, and that’s what I think James manages to do. I’d love to be around someone with that talent and love for the same thing I do.
What artist would you most like to collaborate with in the future?
Kelvin: I’d be so intrigued in collaborating with Years & Years. I love their style and I especially love their writing and Ollie’s voice…hearing it is reason enough.
How did it feel to be a Radio 3 track of the week?
Kelvin: Yet another completely unreal moment. It’s so strange when my friends tell me they heard Call You Home on the radio or in shops!
You’ve had several million views now on your videos combined, not even including a remix track someone’s made of Call you Home. What’s your reaction to your popularity?
Kelvin: It’s an interesting thing, trying to understand what people are drawn to. I guess I’ve learned one thing from it all, which might sound cheesy, but it’s to just trust what it is I love. Somehow when I love something it just tends to be more likely that others feel the same way. I guess they can tell
What are your plans for the future?
Kelvin: This year I just want people to hear me play live as much as possible. I think there’s no better way for people to really get what my music is about than hearing me live. It’s also just the most fun. I get to connect with people and we get to experience something together. This year I’m going to do a bunch of festivals and go on a headline tour at the end of the year.