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Ceylon Ceylon

Sounds likeJungle, Jamie xx, Leon Bridges
LocationLondon

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Tell us a bit about yourself? Formed in a north London basement in late ‘17 Ceylon Ceylon constitutes two young professionals who use music to escape from daily life.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? We take inspiration from world music, vintage soul (Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Daptone records) and modern electronic music (Jamie XX, Jungle) and blend these into a cohesive pop sound. As the name implies, their musical philosophy revolves around travel; taking listeners on a journey both through musical styles and emotionally from the dark towards the light.

What’s your back-story? We both met at university. We both used to work on the weekends playing tunes in some way. I used to play in covers bands, and Josh used to DJ so we could get some extra cash. We always had the idea of combining both the musical backgrounds we came from, but because we needed the money we did our own thing for a while and then came back together once our lives had gotten going to finally make the music we'd thought about making in university.

What are you working on at the moment? We've recently finished our 1st EP and we'll be releasing it over the next 4-5 months. It's a short EP but in the meantime we're going to writing and recording our second EP and will be dropping some one off's and collaborations in and amongst the snippets of the EP we release over the summer.

What's the first song you remember hearing? Marvin Gaye's Heard it through the grapevine

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder

What was the first gig you went to? Arctic Monkeys supported by We are Scientists at New York city's Roseland Ballroom

Which song do you wish you'd written? Respect - Aretha Franklin

Which song changed your life? 48 - Moss Kena

Which song would you like played at your funeral? I Wish I Knew How It feels to be Free - Played by Billy Taylor Trio

What song is stuck in your head right now?Melanin Man - Brass Tracks

What was the first Album you bought? Elephunk - Black Eyed Peas

Which song made you want to play music? Dance to the Music - Sly & The Family Stone

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