Although the name Jovel might be one that is relatively unfamiliar to the public, he has already begun to take massive strides that puts the singer, rapper and multi-instrumentalist into a prime position set to make some pretty big waves next year.
Upon playing his brand new Ep for the very first time, with nothing but an acoustic guitar in hand at Glastonbury festival 2015, a wave of silence swept the crowd as they were exposed to a flurry of atmospheric, dark and emotive tales wrapped in infectious melody that had a heart piercing honesty that transcended the divide of age, class and creed throughout the audience, which was followed by an intense and meaningful applause. Immediately after the show Jovel was offered a publishing deal from the managing director of Downtown music and taken on by CAA booking agent Jon Ollier, a feat that quickly attracted interest throughout a variation of major record labels.
On the 24th of June Jovel released his debut Ep entitled ’The Void’ Alongside a range of visuals including an 35 part. Instagram movie, 4 hand drawn pieces of art, 4 music videos and 8 live performance compositions. The Ep peaked at number 2 On the iTunes hip hop chart & at number 21 on the national iTunes chart, along with the visuals amassing a total of over 300,000 views. The 4 tracks also had radio support from BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), Radio 1xtra (Charlie Sloth) and gained was highly praised on blogs such as Complex, MTV, & Mass Appeal.
Although having previously supporting him on tour years ago, the EP gained a new found attention from the singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran who expressed how much a fan he was of Jovel’s work, leading him to propose executive producing the artists debut album, set to begin work in January 2017 alongside Award winning producer/mixer Neil Comber (M.I.A, Django Django, Florence & The Machine).
Always staying busy, along with the creation of the album at the start of the year, Jovel also has a mixtape project complete thats set for release early next year in which he returns to his grime/rap roots, ensuring they’ll be no decline in output while he’s busy recording. With all this and more set in the works, Its safe to say that 2017 looks to be an extremely promising year to the young artist.