Liam Bailey: ‘busking terrifies me’ – – Nottingham / Sunday 13th March 2011
FOR the musically minded Nottingham resident, it is fair to assert that over the past few years the local music scene has been evolving at a vast pace.
With artists specialising in everything from R&B and Grime, to Indie and the harder elements of Rock that desire to succeed is now beginning to reap the rewards, at least if local man Liam Bailey, 27, is anything to go by.
Born and raised on a small council estate in Beeston, Bailey’s attempts for recognition had at times appeared ominous.
However fast forward a few years and with a top 5 single now under his belt, it appears the home-grown soulster is undoubtedly destined for the main stage.
Ahead of his sold-out performance alongside Drum & Bass pioneers ‘Chase & Status’ at Rock City, Bailey elects to perform an acoustic set in the Market Square and admits to it being his worst nightmare.
He said: “The idea of busking terrified me and I daren’t try it before but with it being my hometown I can’t think of a friendlier place to do it.”
Now living in London but consistently expressing a clear affection for his hometown, it is the eclectic assortment of influences which have influenced the style of music he makes today which has resulted in his first EP’s being released through Amy Winehouse’s Lioness Label.
What Bailey possesses is a vocal style so raspy and raw, his tone reverberates over each song in a manner unheard since the Motown-era of the 60’s.
Liam said much of his inspiration stems from life experience and musical legends.
He said: “It’s everyone from Sam Cooke, Miles Davis to Oasis…as long as it’s got integrity, soul and a good melody then I’ll be supporting it.”
Like Sam Cooke and Miles Davis, Bailey is quintessentially unique, possessing a retro vibe that now sees him working alongside major US producer Salaam Remi (of ‘Fugees’ fame).
With the latest single “You Better Leave Me” released nationwide this week, his anticipated debut album “Out of The Shadows” will be dropping through international label Polydor in June.
One point to conclude :- Bailey is very much Notts through and through.
Following the underground success of “Its Not The Same”, Internationally acclaimed producer Salaam Remi decided to take him under his wing, here he is performing at Nottingham’s Federation House Social Club. A Beautiful Vocal.
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