UK artists are known for their raw talent and strong connection to their musical history. Jon Kenzie brings the heat with his latest project, “Sing A Little Higher,” showcasing a unique sound. Jon has performed in cities across the world, with appearances in Prague, Switzerland, London and New York to name a few. I absolutely love Jon Kenzie’s sound and direction and am glad to share with you, our readers, an exclusive interview with the Manchester-based artist.
Im not sure if I would classify my vocals in that way, although I have been influenced over the years by some old folk and blues artists. I love the raw soul that comes across in so many of the old folk recordings.
Ive just been picking it up along the way since I was about fifteen, I’d like to think that I am still learning today. I was first inspired to truly put time into playing when I was shown some simple blues riffs by a fella in the village I grew up in, down in the south of England.
BB King was one of my earliest influences for playing electric guitar; I’ve always loved the way he makes the guitar sing and doesn’t feel the need to over play. For the same reason many of the other Blues greats such as Robert Johnson, Son House, Howling Wolf and Albert King. However I think the greatest influence has come more from the great musicians I have been lucky enough to perform with over the years.
In terms of the image its self, its just an idea that I had and wanted to give it a go, perhaps you could say it symbolizes creativity but that sounds a bit pretentious to me … I always enjoy working with artists to develop the images I’m thinking of and with Jessine it was no different, although we did do it all by email which was new for me. I have great respect for her talent.
I have made a living from music over the last ten years and I have made a living from my own music over the last two years and I have traveled all over the world and had some amazing experiences and met some amazing people. I guess i would just like to continue in that vane. I would love to be playing some really big venues and main stages at festivals over the next few years, it would be a wonderful feeling to perform to a huge audience that has just come to see me, but we will see, I can but try.
If the musicians are good enough and are able to listen to whats happening around them then it will always naturally come together. Of course the drummer and Bass player are the back bone to a solid groove but if the rest of the band are not on the same page then it can never truly get cooking. I think me and the guys hit some real sweet spots on this album.