Ones To Watch: King Jamsheed3 min read
Location: Brighton, UK
Stamping out their own path in the music industry, King Jamsheed is one of those individuals whose work you have heard but you may never have seen their face. Songwriter for Stephen Barry (The Voice, BGT), composer to drag legend Le Gateau Chocolat, arranger for The Baby Mine Project (no.5 on iTunes), King Jamsheed also fronts Brighton Pops Orchestra, operates the musical brains of artist Luckybear and has a prolific output as a production composer for sync.
In March 2020 King Jamsheed was performing a touring show aboard a ship in the Pacific when the world’s ports shut down as the panic spread. Trapped at sea for five weeks, they wrote their debut album in total isolation from the imploding world. That epic storybook album Secret Winter dropped in November 2020 and they have not stopped making music since.
King Jamsheed was scooped up by Collaborative Records the day after the album launch, agreeing a solo piano album for May 2021 with further releases to follow. The first result of this partnership is Luna Moth (Actias Luna), a neo-classical study of the emotional data humans share with moths. Using prepared pianos and felt sampled instruments, singles from the album drop in March and April: Handsome Moon and Luna Instar. The full release comes in May 2021 and a performance 18 June for Brighton Fringe. The show forms part of “King Jamsheed: Lonely Piano”, an atmospheric livestream from St George’s Kemptown, tickets available via Brighton Fringe website April 2021.
King Jamsheed also releases a single in a different genre every month throughout 2021, part of their #monthlysongchallenge
So far, these have included Say These Names, with lyrics entirely by trans black activists; Ashes to Pluto, the story of Clyde Tombaugh discoverer of Pluto in 1930 whose ashes are now in orbit of the dwarf planet; and A Stranger’s Arms: the search for physical validation during lockdown. Industrial pop song Coal Black Sky drops in April, followed in May by an exploration into the neo-folk genre with a cute little song called Dog Bones, mixed by Chris Rec.
New music to come from King Jamsheed includes a ballet in 2024 with choreographer Joseph Poulton, alongside a solo piano covers album called ANTHEM – classic gay anthems reimagined for soft piano, out June 2021 for Pride season. King Jamsheed also announced in January 2021 that work has begun on new choral works for City Academy Singers and Brighton Pops Orchestra: a protest-song-cycle collab album titled And The Mountains Shake Their Shoulders.
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Spotify: King Jamsheed
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