Ones To Watch: Stevie King
Location: London, UK
A self-taught musician, London based musician Stevie King has been playing guitar since he was 14; influenced by heroes such as David Gilmour, Jimmy Page and Keith Richards, and also knows his way around the piano and bass.
He is steeped in the traditions of rock classics counting Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Led Zeppelin IV and Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones among his all-time great albums, but also counts the likes of U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind and Sting’s live release All This Time among his favourites.
Stevie – whose real name is Jose Maria Perez – came to the UK in 2014 to further his learning and he is still studying business at King’s College London. The move has opened new opportunities and afforded him the chance to find a wider audience for his music.
The Ecuador-born, UK-based talent showcases his hypnotic songwriting skills on the yearning and enchanting first release, Blue Car, which clearly marks him out as one to watch.
Recorded at London’s Metropolis Studios, the track’s mature and delicately plotted sound – calling to mind the likes of The War On Drugs and Midlake – shows what riches are to come from the 21-year-old. With its restrained riff and the driving rhythm of the chorus, Stevie paints a picture of a life spinning out of control.
Recalling its subject matter, he says: “Blue Car’s story is based on this kid who had plenty of family issues which led him to live a life of excess – in alcohol and other substances. As a consequence, it leads to feelings of repression, obsession and anxiety.”
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