Aaron Keylock

Sixteen year old blues songwriter Aaron Keylock has the authenticity and ability of a seasoned professional, with an impressive 200 live gigs and 30 songs already under his belt.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 25 Feb 2015
  • min read
Sixteen year old songwriter Aaron Keylock already has an impressive 200 live gigs and 30 songs under his belt.

Having shared European festival stages with Joe Bonamassa, Slash and more recently with Blackberry Smoke, Aaron has the authenticity and ability of a seasoned professional.

His recent packed showcase gig at London’s Camden Black Heart proved that this is one young singer, songwriter and guitarist who can play to win.

With a seventies’ blues rock inspired sound, which echoes Rory Gallagher or a very young Jimmy Page, Aaron has the right ingredients to go from strength to strength.

We caught up with him before the Camden showcase to find out what future world domination might involve…

I first started writing music because…
I guess there has always been music in the house. I started playing guitar aged eight and jamming around 11, and I realised it was important to be able to write your own stuff. I particularly liked the idea of being able to express myself.

My music is…
A mixture of a lot of my influences, classic and southern rock, blues; every kind mixed into one.

You’ll like my music if you listen to…
I have a quite a long list of influences - Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, Faces, Black Crowes, Rolling Stones. I love the whole seventies rock and roll kind of thing.

My favourite venue is...
My favourite venue to have attended is probably the Albert Hall as it’s legendary. I thought it had a great atmosphere. I saw Cream there which has been one of my favourite concerts. I’ve played a few big venues so far but probably Shepherd’s Bush Empire is my favourite because again it’s legendary and also because I’ve also seen a lot of great bands there and artists such as Johnny Winter.

Music is important because…
I guess it’s just because it’s what I’ve got to say and it gets my feelings out there. It’s about presenting what I’m about to other people.

My biggest inspiration is…
I guess the urge to push on and get somewhere is my main inspiration at the moment. I’m working hard and I’m looking at what else I have got to do.

My dream collaboration is…
I guess the people who are alive who are my key influences. Probably Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes. I’ve seen him live twice as he’s an inspiration to me.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Medicine Man. That’s the best thing we have recorded at the minute.

If I wasn’t making music I would be…
I have no idea. As I have been making music from such a young age I don’t really know of anything else to be honest. It’s always been what I wanted to do 100 percent.

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
I don’t know where I see myself, but I know where I want to see myself. Just really wanting to keep playing live, tour and recording music and keeping being able to do that for along as I can really. It’s just about being able to do what I want to do and I’m looking forward to getting out touring and making an album.

http://www.aaronkeylock.com/