Vijay Kishore

Vijay Kishore

 Birmingham, England, GBR
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Music which is as fragile as it is utterley compelling:a beguiling mix of knife edge Jeff Buckley,mournful Radiohead and the bluesy adlib of Nina Simone.Has been quietly building a word of mouth fanbase and buzz (many musicians would kill for! ) since breaking out of the Birmingham circuit in 2005.

Biography

...brilliant, brilliant songs. Like a brummie Jeff Buckley singing the words of Nina Simone. Vijay's luscious acoustic folk is as divine as Simon Cowell in a motorway pile-up.
NME

He has a beautiful mesmerizing voice that connects immediately. A rare and special artist ,catch him live.
RECORD OF THE DAY

There isn’t a thesaurus in the world that contains enough superlatives to describe the talent of Vijay Kishore.
THE FLY
Brilliant… I think he’s an amazing talent with the voice of an angel
JANICE LONG(BBC RADIO 2)
He has the ability to shut up even the loudest person in the room, he’s incredible, the best singer I’ve ever heard in my life
SCOTT MATTHEWS,(Artist, Ivor Novello winner)

Vijay has one of the most emotive voices I have ever heard in a male singer live, the way he is able to lose himself in the music is awe inspiring...a great artist.
TOM ROBINSON( 6 MUSIC )

2009 has seen Vijay Kishore showcasing at Canadian Music ,playing to an industry audience in New York before heading down to Austin,Texas to showcase at SXSW before the release of his debut album ' 13 Rounds' in July which has seen him sign deals with iTunes U.S and iTunes Canada where a track from the album will be offered to up to 500,000 and 50,000 subscribers respectively as well as securing a deal which will see tracks from his album played in Starbucks Cafe throughout the U.S (10,000 + stores ) .

Born and raised in the Handsworth district of Birmingham of Indian parentage singer songwriter Vijay Kishore has quietly been causing something of a stir musically with his ambiguous folk-tinged fusion of his anglo asian heritage .Bringing favourable comparisons from listeners to everything from the sufi infused tones of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to Thom Yorke,Jeff Buckley or even Nina Simone and PJ Harvey.

Having quit his factory job to pursue his musical ambitions word quickly spread within sections of the A & R community, with many in attendance at subsequent shows.All agreeing that there was a definite talent there but how do we 'market ' him ? Kishore doesn't easily fit into any of the prescribed boxes .

Since those early fledgling but still breathtaking shows Vijay has gone on to support the likes of Ray Davies, Nizlopi, Sebastien Tellier, Lou Rhodes, Blackbud and Mr Hudson and The Library .Whilst also sharing billing with the likes of Jamie T, Tiny Dancers, Scott Matthews, Eugene Mcguiness, Fink ,Laura Izibor, Newton Faulkner and Karima Francis amongst others, winning over new supporters wherever he goes.

Kishore eventually signed to Imagem Music Publishing (Formerly Zomba-home to MIA,Jamie T, Mystery Jets,Vampire Weekend ) in mid 07. The debut EP ‘Done it Again’ soon after, producing it himself before assigning mixing duties to rising mix engineer Finn Eiles (Mystery Jets Fionn Regan, Jack Penate,) and the mastering to the renowned Bunt Stafford Clark (Radiohead,The Verve, Bat for Lashes etc ).

A remote Cotswold cottage was chosen as the recording HQ for Vijay’s debut album ,a far cry away from Kishore's usual urban surroundings . With extra recording equipment ( having spent part of the 'recording fund' from his publishers on kitting out his own studio) and instruments borrowed from friends and the tracking and basis of the albums songs were laid down over a long winter month .rather than the backdrop of passing traffic(the norm in Kishore’s Birmingham studio) the only distinguishable noise being that of the night owls, lending the recording sessions an atmospheric feel that perhaps can be heard on the record.

Opting to embelish his acoustic guitar based live sound with extra instrumentation and host of guest musicians (Kishore is incidentaly a classically trained violinist_,a tabla player , cellist ,sitar player and a Mumbai based Sarangi player were selected to add to the record's musical landscape, the aim Kishore states was " to make an album that would stand up to repeated listening, it was always going to be somewhat different to what I do live “ explains Kishore some songs needed to be taken somewhere else, others left pretty simple .Having

Discography

13 ROUNDS ... Album July 09-CD & Download.
iTunes U.S 'Special Sampler' Nov 09-Jan 10...track 'Done it Again'
Tracks from album streamed in all Starbucks U.S from Oct 09
Done it Again -EP March 08 ,10 inch Vinyl,CD and Download.
BHAJAN (Love Is Everything) Download single(Free from Vijay's MYSPACE+ WEBSITE) November 08

spot plays from EP on BBC Radio 2 (JANICE LONG),BBC Radio 2 ( BOB HARRIS)6 Music (TOM ROBINSON). BBC Asian Network (BOBBY FRICTION.NIKKI BEDI),
Live sessions- Nikki Bedi x 2 ( Asian Network) ,Janice Long x 2 ( BBC RADIO 2 ) Janice Long X 2 (BBC WM),The Hub- George Lamb Show ( 6 Music) James Whale ( Talk sport) also BBC Cov and Warwickshire, BBC Radio Manchester

T.V -Desi DNA (BBC2) Spotlight session (Musflash TV) Live Session ( Brit Asia TV)

Set List

All material written by Vijay Kishore
Set Length from 35 mins to 1 hour