Described as a ‘Neo-Soul Jazz Master’, Liverpool-based artist XamVolo is a true pioneer. Taking a conceptual approach to his debut studio album which is coming up in the near future, he left the academic study of architecture behind to divide his time between festival appearances and studio sessions. At just 23 years of age he’s young, hungry, and full of an artistic vision that has seen him climb viral charts and win coveted places on Spotify’s global playlists – definitely one to watch. We caught up with XamVolo to snap some photos on his rise to the top, and to find out a little bit about this eclectic music-maker.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
‘Jazz-Influenced Electronic Neo-Soul’ – pretty much covers it all!
When did you first know you wanted to be a musician?
Regardless of when I started, I think the moment I stopped viewing music as ‘just a hobby’ was in 1st year Uni. I came up with the name ‘XamVolo’ halfway through year 13, though.
Describe the vibe of your new song, ‘Feels Good’.
‘A Harmonious Chunk of Euphonius Funk with Thelonious Monk.’
If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
Too many to choose one, but at this very moment it would probably be Kamasi Washington. Producer-wise it’d probably be KAYTRANADA, Flying Lotus or Monte Booker, but that’s another list which goes on for a while.
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