Aaron Keylock is just 17 years old but already he has accomplished what many 17 year olds could only dream of! From playing festivals such as Download and Ramblin’ Man alongside some of his idols to getting in the studio to record an album, this guy is definitely on his way to sweet success! After witnessing his awesome set at Download Festival we just had to know more…
Broken Arrow: How has 2015 been for you so far?
Aaron: It’s been good! We’ve been working hard on getting things ready for the album, as well as playing some great shows! I also signed my record deal in February which was great!
Broken Arrow: You started playing music at a very young age and have had some really interesting experiences in that time. What’s the craziest thing that’s happened in your career so far?
Aaron: There’s been some mad things happen along the way, but I’d say getting stuck at a gig in Camden in the London riots at 14. They shut the PA off half way through, like the 5th song, locked the doors and we snuck out of the stage door and drove home!
Broken Arrow: “The New Solo Superstar…The heart, soul and fretting fingers of a grizzled old delta Bluesman” was a quote from Kerrang. Does it feel surreal to receive praise like that?
Aaron: It’s great, I mean I’ve been playing around the country constantly since 12, so it’s great to see people appreciate what you’re doing!
Broken Arrow: We watched you at Download Festival and you seemed incredibly confident up there. Do nerves not affect you?
Aaron: Not really! I mean I don’t really think about what I’m about to do so much until I get up there, and it isn’t until you come off that you think about what you’ve done!
Broken Arrow: You’ve done quite a few shows and festivals now including Download, Bloodstock and Ramblin’ Man – how are you finding the touring/festival experience so far?
Aaron: It’s great, that’s where the foundations are in rock n roll really, it’s about getting up on a stage, letting go and just having a good time and expressing yourself. All those festivals have been a mile stone in my career, they’ve given me a chance to be on the same bill as so many of my favourite bands!
Broken Arrow: You mentioned that you’re working on an album – when can we expect to hear it?
Aaron: Well we’re working hard on it currently! I’ve been writing a lot over the last year and we hope to have the album out at the first bit of 2016!
Broken Arrow: Your sound is very bluesy – who are your biggest musical influences and what is it about them that inspires you?
Aaron: I have a lot of different angles with influences, when I was growing up I was brought up listening to bands like The Quireboys, Dogs D’amour, Georgia Satellites and Lynyrd Skynyrd. When I started playing guitar I got really into rock with bands like Gun’s n Roses, Motorhead and UFO. When I started to listen to blues that took over for me and it was all I really wanted to listen to for the next year or so. Guys like Muddy Waters, BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher. But now I’ve spent time writing and touring I’ve found myself as an artist and bass myself on 70’s rock n roll bands like Rolling Stones, The Faces, Black Crowes and Aerosmith.
Broken Arrow: Have you always been into those artists?
Aaron: Yeah I guess it all just developed. I grew up on good music but always looked into different genres and always looked for something cool to find, which is how I found Muddy Waters at 8!
Broken Arrow: For those that may have never heard your music before, how would you describe your sound and which song would you say is a great introduction to Aaron Keylock?
Aaron: I would describe it as a mixture of all my influences I listed! It’s really high energy blues influenced rock. Medicine Man sums me up as an artist well and captures the energy and emotion of my performances!
Broken Arrow: Thank you for your time Aaron!
Don’t forget you can catch the amazing Aaron Keylock supporting The Answer at The Borderline, London on July 29th!