Exclusive: Blacklighter blends Prince, The Black Keys, and Gnarles Barkley

The Blacklight EP doesn’t drop until July 19th, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek stream of the record, let us know what you think!

Jonny Shemz (aka. Blacklighter) grew up surrounded by musician’s, working musician’s, that is what grown-ups did in his world. Even as a child he was allowed to hang out and absorb it all, both the light and the dark of that life. At age 9, he was given his first guitar, a cheap Les Paul copy and later that day to his dad’s astonishment, he had learned the riff from the Stones’ Satisfaction’.

Shemz’s latest project, Blacklighter finds him and co-producer and musician Asi Spector drawing on a wide variety of influences, albeit the more haunting, darker sides of artists like Prince, The Black Keys, Beck, Gnarles Barkley, etc. The self titled album exudes the kind of raw emotion, honesty and artistry that affords the listener the ability to be taken on a journey into the soul of the music.

The debut LP was performed and produced by Shemz and Spector, a testament to an era when young musicians actually played instruments rather than manipulated software. This is the kind of album that makes you sit down, a tour de force album that is at once heartbreaking, uplifting, and downright funky. Scintillating grooves, riveting guitars, powerhouse vocals and masterful songwriting meet and transport the listener to a time when artistic genius, musicianship, and originality were paramount. Listening to the record, one can hear that Shemz had to have grown up listening to old soul/funk records because whichever style the music ventures its vocal performance always gives a slight nod to singers of past generations.


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Emily Sullivan
Bancs Media PR
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