By Jack Barnes
Jacob Banks is a rising UK artist by way of Nigeria – is currently in the midst of playing a jam-packed slew of shows at SXSW. Previewing material from his upcoming Interscope debut EP, The Boy Who Cried Freedom, Banks has quickly been making a name for himself as one of the biggest artists to watch of 2017. A music lover first and foremost, Banks got his start at open mic nights and quickly garnered a following for his commanding vocal presence and daringly intimate songwriting. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
His music features richly textured beats, with its 808s and synth play, African inspired grooves and a soulful disposition that culminates in an unstoppable new sound. Previously, he released a series of independent EPs, became the first indie artist to perform on BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge, and toured with the likes of Alicia Keys, Emeli Sande and Sam Smith. His latest single “Unholy War,” which premiered via Interview Magazine reached #1 on Hype Machine charts and follows the viral success of his smash hit“Monster 2.0” (1M streams in its first week).
2017 SXSW Schedule:
3/12 – ’47 x FADER Sessions @ Hotel Van Zandt
3/13 – Patch Dinner @ 1603 East 14th Street — 7:30PM
3/13 – VEVO Showcase @ Pelons — 9PM
3/13 – Heard’s Music Tech Mashup presented by SPIN, VIBE and Stereogum @ Mazda Studio at Empire – 10 PM
3/15 – Communion Showcase @ The Blackheart — 9PM
3/16 – UMG Showcase @ Antones — 2:15 PM
3/17 – CLASH Magazine Showcase @ Buffalo Billiards — 9:40PM
3/18 – The FADER Fort @ Volcom Garden – TBA
“…emerging UK vocalist Jacob Banks lit up the stage with a powerful set of his modern take on classic R&B. Sparse, minimal arrangements put an even brighter spotlight on Banks’s stunning, muscular vocals, evocative of prime Teddy Pendergrass.” – SPIN
(Heard’s 7th Annual SXSW Music Tech Mashup @ Mazda Studio, presented by SPIN, Stereogum, and VIBE)
“Prepare to be floored by Jacob Banks, a rising Nigerian-born British star whose soulful voice and incisive production will get under your skin from the first listen. ” – TIME
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