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Laurent John

01/05/2018

In a world full of war, misery and terror, we find ourselves being increasingly drawn towards music. This is hardly surprising, as it is music’s undeniable capacity to heal which keeps us coming back. Laurent John’s music is exactly that – a vessel where listeners can be transported from their worries and plunged into the depths of soulful and sensual rhythms and melodies.

Originally hailing from Antigua and Barbuda, Laurent now resides in East London, carving out his own brand of alternative/electro soul. His music can be described as earnest and introspective, focusing on deep narratives that could encompass topical themes from climate change, to self-esteem, to fear, addiction and of course – love. His songs not only serve as music, but also as conversation pieces.

Laurent’s style steers left of the norm, as he approaches lyricism from a far more reflective place. The result here is a listening experience that is dynamic. His music flirts with space – in that it is sparse enough to create a sense of fullness, giving his soulful vocals its own character, of which they sit atop floaty, uplifting beatwork and synthesis. In this we can hear subtle overtones of the musical influence of Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Luther Vandross.

Laurent has landed guest vocal spots at prestigious UK festivals including Glastonbury 2017 and Bestival, as well as a collaboration with drum and bass act Dr Meaker, with feature single “Good Fight” being released in September 2015 with further feat singles from Teddy Killerz “Stockholm” and David Dallas “Fit In” in 2016/17.  Through his management, Laurent is currently writing for several established producers in London, Los Angeles and Australia and was selected to sing for the royal family and heads of state and the opening of 2018 commonwealth heads of government meeting.