24 Kitchen Street will host a night of incredible new music on Wednesday 28th November as alternative R&B artist, Sub Blue headlines his first show. The former LIMF Academy alumni has built on his 2013 ‘One to Watch’ accolade with backing from BBC Radio 1Xtra, GetIntoThis, BBC Introducing and a management deal with London-based company, The Playmaker Group.
2018 has been a stand out year for Sub Blue. Performing live at Liverpool International Music Festival and at Signature Living Live Sessions, to name a few, he has just completed a nationwide school tour promoting his new single ‘Think We’re Fine’ which was written and recorded in LA, he said: “Since the school tour started its been amazing so see so many kids connecting with the message, they’ll get in touch saying like oh I love your song and the lyrics are so relatable.”
Drawing from personal experience and reactions to real life issues and events that impact on his generation, Sub Blue’s second EP, ‘Wilfully Blind’ is bursting with honesty. He explained: “I wrote ‘Think We’re Fine’ a collab with Manga Saint Hilare while I was in LA earlier this year and it’s a response to the misconception that any success or wealth must mean happiness when clearly some are battling with something deep.”
Set to a soulful R&B vibe, Sub Blue’s honest, raw lyrics capture the voice of a generation and sometimes that comes with a side of apprehension. ‘Teen No More’ is a perfect example of how Sub Blue is able to write from the heart about expectation and pressure, he said: “Anytime we’re about to release a new track or artwork or whatever I’m always quiet scared. I’ll be on the phone to my manager Yaw like ‘what do you think people will think.
“I find I work really well under pressure, like I’ll know I have to get say, 8 tracks down before we’ll even book the flights to go and record, and it helps me to focus. I wanted to show people the process behind writing, recording and fine tuning an EP so we filmed a making of ‘Think We’re Fine’ and the forthcoming Ep”
This snap shot into the inner workings of a music career has gone down a storm with the legions of new fans Sub Blue has amassed following the school tour, leading to another creative outlet. The Wilfully Blind Generation merchandise is now available to purchase online and includes hoodies and t-shirts, designed by Sub Blue to tie in with the new EP, which is set for release in the new year.
Speaking of 2019, Sub Blue is gearing up for more headlines shows, there’s murmurs of a small UK tour and of course the official launch of ‘Wilfully Blind’ on 22nd March. In the mean time, he’s getting to grips with KPOP, modelling the LFC menswear winter collection and gearing up for a headline gig that will show his home city exactly what he’s got.
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