Singer, songwriter, curator and local music champion Johnny Sands raised the bar at last weekend’s Threshold Festival. We caught some of his stunning performance at Unit 51.
Son of a Parisian jazz musician and his muse, a psychologist who pioneered talking to animals, Johnny grew up immersed in music and arts. After travelling extensively and a brief dalliance as a model, Sands settled in Liverpool and quickly embedded himself in the local music scene curating and promoting gigs as well as working on his own music.Signed to Baltic Records, Sands will release his third single in the spring. This is called “A Friend.” Johnny has huge support from BBC Introducing via Dave Monks and national radio play from Tom Robinson and Johny Kennedy on radio x. Johnny is on the radar of the UK’s premium radio tastemakers. He is running showcases in Liverpool and Manchester and gigging monthly in London.
A fruitful collaboration swiftly followed between himself and Swiss producer Dave Berger (Outfit) and after they disbanded, Sands concentrated on his solo efforts and self-released an EP, ‘Postcards’. The positive feedback galvanised him and he got to work on a debut album. His first single was download of the month in the Sunday Times. He is recently back from a series of gigs in Seoul, Korea.
Creating fragile soundscapes, Sands’ influences range from Air, Neil Young and Serge Gainsbourg to Talk Talk and The Blue Nile.
Having supported the likes of Wild Beasts, Alt-J and Django Django, Johnny Sands is now striking out on his own; he has been confirmed for Liverpool Sound City and will be on the road in 2016 in a town or city near you.
For more info visit his website www.johnnysands.com
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