Spotted by the Stars

The Evening Standard (London, England), October 5, 2012 | Go to article overview

Spotted by the Stars


Byline: David Smyth

AT THE risk of putting myself out of a job, it occurs to me that while we music critics pass lofty judgment on every new download that comes our way, other musicians have been quietly doing a fine job of recommending fresh talent.

Every successful act brings a selection of potential stars in their wake, like a row of baby ducks following mother. They might take them on tour as support bands, talk them up in interviews or even, in the case of the most energetic enthusiasts, sign them to their own record label.

Perhaps they don't always get it right but there's no denying they're well placed to spot the stars of tomorrow. Who has a better idea of what it takes to make it in music than someone who's already at the top? ADELE ? AMOS LEE NOT such a newcomer, 35-year-old Philadelphia singer-songwriter Lee has four albums, including a US number one, to his name. Adele has since dwarfed his success and invited him to support her at some of her most recent shows. "His voice is so stunning and so is the way he plays guitar," she has said. "It just blew my mind. I thought he was amazing live and I love how honest he is in his songs. I think he's truly, truly amazing." However, back in 2007 it was she who was supporting him at the Jazz Cafe, and it doesn't sound like he was too bothered. "I feel really bad about admitting this, because I know she's said some wonderful things about me, but the truth is, when she was on stage at the Jazz Cafe, I think I was asleep." amoslee.com LADY GAGA ZEDD GERMAN producer and DJ Anton Zaslavski is an increasingly large presence on the US dance scene, a sound they call EDM. Gaga is an enthusiastic convert, asking him to remix her song Marry the Night for the deluxe edition of her Born this Way album, and inviting him to tour the US with her early next year. She called his recent song Spectrum "pure EDM fantasy" and announced, charmingly, "I have a major musical boner." Zedd's debut album, Clarity, is out on Monday on Polydor. facebook.com/Zedd. Live at Electric Brixton, SW2 (0871 220 0260, electricbrixton.com) on November 10 RADIOHEAD ? FLYING LOTUS RADIOHEAD, particularly singer Thom Yorke, and Los Angeles jazz/ electronica maverick Flying Lotus have been members of a mutual admiration society for some time now. FlyLo, real name Steven Ellison, supported Yorke's side-project Atoms for Peace on a US tour in 2010, and Yorke has sung on his last two albums. Yorke has told the producer how impressed he is with his international acclaim: "In LA, your record makes total sense. It's like your head opening up. And the fact that people get it so much in this country [the UK] I find fascinating. Because it's cold here, and wet," he said.

Ellison, whose glitchy digital sound is clearly audible in Radiohead's most recent music, has taken inspiration from his elder's work ethic: "The thing about Thom is that he knows what he likes and I love that about him," he said recently. "He knows when things work and they don't. He doesn't bullshit in that way. He spends his time wisely."

flying-lotus.com. Live at Troxy, E1 (020 7790 9000, troxy.co.uk) on November 16 LILY ROSE COOPER (NEE ALLEN) ? TOM ODELL HAVING run a shop with her sister, the former Lily Allen is running a record label too. …

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