Next Wave #533: Javeon

Love-torn R&B and house...
Javeon by Neil Bedford for Clash

Javeon plays Clash's EASTnotEAST event on November 14th, with FTSE and Barnaby, at Birthdays, Dalston, London - click here for information and tickets.

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As difficult as it is to describe music that one’s created, Clash puts Javeon to the test. “Garage and house and R&B and presenting them in a pop way, that’s what I’m going for,” he says, committedly.

The soulful R&B singing, which he’s been motivated to perfect by listening to Craig David and Usher in his childhood, appears effortless. The pop presentation, meanwhile, comes in his lyricism. “I've always been a relationship person,” he reveals. Thus, songs about love provide a universal sentiment that’s accessible.

The accompanying heavy basslines, which give his music more of an edge than his aforementioned influences, stem from his upbringing as an MC in Bristol’s fertile bass scene. 

“I started when I was like 13. I was in a garage grime crew. That was based in St. Paul’s. It was called Cold Hearted Crew. I was in it with Joker and an MC from Bristol called Bugsy and a few other guys.”

By the time Javeon was 18, he had joined forces with Guido, Joker’s collaborator in The Purple Trilogy (a group who were pioneers of the dubstep scene) and fellow Bristolian, Typesun, in the group Root Elevation. 

In 2011, things took a further step forward: “I met L-Vis 1990 in Sheffield when I was with Joker one night.” The two began collaborating, and toured together. During this time, L-Vis 1990 introduced Javeon to his manager Ben Palmer, co-founder of PMR (the label now famous for releasing Disclosure’s number one album, ‘Settle’), who signed him. 

With the support of a label, Javeon has now recorded an album that sees production gurus Julio Bashmore and (predominantly) MNEK at the controls.

There’s a lot of anticipation surrounding this release, set to drop early in 2014. The appetite is evidenced by YouTube clicks – within its first week, his first single ‘Lovesong’ landed over 100,000 views. It won’t be long before Javeon’s powerful, heartfelt vocals that intertwine with rib-rattling basslines and slick house beats will be a go-to for many more listeners.

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Where: Bristol

What: Love-torn R&B and house

Get 3 Songs: ‘Precious’, ‘Father Father’, ‘Lovesong’ (video above)

Fact: Javeon has been immersed in Bristol’s soundsystem culture since the age of five.

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Words: Cai Trefor

Photo: Neil Bedford (website)

Find Javeon on Facebook here, Twitter here.

This Next Wave article is taken from Clash’s new Pop Issue – check out more information here.

Javeon plays Clash's EASTnotEAST event on November 14th, with FTSE and Barnaby, at Birthdays, Dalston, London - click here for information and tickets.

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