Ones To Watch: Joel Baker
The last few years has seen a massive increase in the amount of male singer/songwriters and their acoustic guitars making it into the mainstream charts. Names like Paulo Nutini, Ed Sheeran, James Vincent-McMorrow and Ben Howard are commonplace now. There’s something different about this next artist though. Watching his video for Mulled Wine in Manhattan you’re presented with a down-to-earth guy having a good time; A husky, rock voice and an acoustic in a tube station. There’s no refinery or arrogance, just a man and his music. This edge is what is going to set Joel Baker apart.
Joel Baker is a 22-year old from Nottingham who has been creating a stir since covering Kendrick Lamar’s Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe. His cover has a chill-step feel rather than the R’n’B scene of the original which is a statement of Baker’s direction. His decision to cover such an urban track in an original way has certainly broadened his market.
February 25th, Baker is set to release an EP of covers, Between Kings Cross and Old Street, the idea being to showcase his influences and inspirations. Considering he hasn’t announced any of his own compositions, this guy is doing well! Fingers crossed his writing is as good as his re-working of Kendrick Lamar.