Rayon Nelson

  • Rayon Nelson
  • 2019-06-23

Singer/songwriter Rayon Nelson draws on eclectic influences from Jamaica, London and Suffolk whose last EP, Yung Solo, attracted more than 380,000 streams on Spotify. His latest EP, Closer, is out now so we caught up with Rayon to find out more.

My sound is acoustic soul with some vibe!

First up, tell us a bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
I am a singer/songwriter. I started singing around 14/15 when I was in school. I heard a guy sang on the tram in front of some girls and thats when I became interested in singing…haha. He was actually really good and made me want to sing. I then started singing in school and in churches. I became an artist when I went to University in Suffolk and learned to play some instruments plus write my own songs.

**Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from? **
I think its the people around me that mainly inspired me. Just to name a few known artists… Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, Smokie Norful, Mali Music and Jimmy Cliff.

How would you describe your style?
My sound is acoustic soul with some vibe!

If you could collaborate with any living artist who would you choose?
Would love to collab with Kendrick Lamar because he is dope! The rapper and singer collaboration would work well.

Tell us about your latest EP Closer. What’s it about?
Closer is a self-produced EP that contains four of my intimate tracks. Generally about things that are personal to me like my grandparents, my absent father and my struggle with keeping up standards. I feel like people get to know me a bit more by listening to my EP and the songs are relatable!

When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote all the songs in 2018 and recorded in my bedroom. I have a little set up which allows me to be self efficient.

How does Closer represent your style?
Its very intimate and its about things that are personal to me. Its very much a different sound to whats out there; its acoustic soul… with some vibe. As a creative, I don’t like to limit my self so there will always be a development in my sound. For now, it represents me well.

Can you talk us through each song?
‘Made of Gold’ - This is about having standards that you hold up but somehow you find yourself falling. Its like a declaration that I’m not perfect.

‘Granny’ - I was raised by my grand parents and aunty but I don’t get to speak to them often. So this is a thank you song dedicated to them.

‘Where Were You’ is about my absent father. I’ve already grown up into a decent man… :) and don’t need a father but would like to know where he was when I was young. It’s a bitter sweet conversation.

‘Freedom’ - This was inspired by two things; the killing of young people in American and a story I heard of a young refugee girl who lost both her parents and had to travel with smugglers to Europe to find a better place to live. Even though the topics are specific, its almost a multifaceted song that can mean different things for different people.

What are your hopes for ‘Closer’?
I hope it reaches and inspires a lot of people!

What other plans do you have for the rest of the year?
My plans are to do some collaborations and release one more single before the year ends.

Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen for you this year, what would it be?
My music to do really well so I can quit my job and go full time music!

Watch the video for ‘Made of Gold’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to rayonsofficialmusic.com.

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