Interview

STEALTH

Musician Stealth has been drawn to the blues since his early years and it is this influence that is now apparent in his soul-drenched sound, particularly his latest single, “Black Heart” featuring renowned funk band The Dap Kings. Previous tracks have garnered him plenty of fans as well; his song “Judgement Day clocked up over six million plays on YouTube and appeared on an episode of Suits.

While steadily releasing music, the artist has also been honing his stage skills – supporting the likes of Seinabo Sey, Jamie Woon and Nothing But Thieves. Before new music hits later this year, we catch up with the soul singer set to take over the airwaves.

A distinct soulfulness and jazz influences can be heard in your music, what was your introduction to the genre?

I started off listening to blues and soul music from an early age and was a massive Elvis Fan also. From there, I started to delve further into that style of music and found artists such as Ray Charles, Etta James and loads more. I was hooked.

Why do you think these genres of music continue to resonate with you?

They are real songs sung with true emotion. They aren’t perfect. And I feel that.

You’ve supported artists like Jamie Woon and Nothing But Thieves - what were some of the most important lessons you’ve learnt while on tour?

Look after yourself. Living the rock and roll cliché is fun, but it isn’t sustainable. Being on tour and playing live is physically and mentally demanding, and you need to be at the top of your game. Not just for you, but for the people that have come out to see you play.

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How important is style to you as a performer and how would you describe yours?

It’s very important of course. After someone hears you they will instantly try to find what you look like and as an artist you want to match you sound. So I would describe my style as old school, simple and classic.

What three albums have had the biggest impact on you musically?

“Just as I Am” by Bill Withers is the first one. I love his voice and the way he tells a story. As a songwriter, I idolise the man and this album was my introduction to him. Then “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac. It’s cliché, I know, but who doesn’t love this album? Lastly, I’d choose “Graceland” by Paul Simon because he’s another classic, brilliant songwriter.

What is next for you this year?

Lots more music. I’m going to try and get out and play for you guys much more this year. My first venture out will be a headline show at Hoxton Bar and Grill on the 21st of May. So make sure you’re there!

They aren’t perfect. And I feel that.

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