Bradley Knight is a 26 year old singer, song-writer born in London but grew up in the mother city of South Africa, Cape Town.
His musical journey started developing from a young age as his father would always have music playing at home or in the car on their way to school, and he would strum along on his tennis racket as he felt the music move through his body. Since those reminiscent adventures as a young boy, he has been influenced by the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Earth Wind & Fire, The Police, Carlos Santana, Crowded House as well as having Electric Light Orchestra playing around the house.
“I think as a young boy you’re inclined to look up to your Dad, and I noticed when he had this music playing he was always in the best mood and radiated this vibrant energy that was so infectious to me” says Bradley. For each individual, music truly has transcendental capabilities and as Bradley grew up, he developed a hunger for finding music that would give him those same physical reactions that he had experienced before, even if it was just for a moment, and it was right there, he felt most at home and the world finally made sense.
“It was my version of witnessing magic.” – Bradley Knight
It was during high school when his journey into the encapsulating and vibrant world of music transpired. Bradley joined his schools choir which unbeknown to him would become world renowned, with travels to Japan, China, Taiwan and certain states in the U.S.A to compete in the world choir games, where they were crowned World Champions in their selective category. This lead him to exposing his capabilities at such a young age as he was invited to perform a solo at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, as well as many other famous performance halls including the Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Centre.
It was a gap year after school where the amalgamation of his younger musical experiences culminated into Bradley pursuing music as a career and releasing his debut single titled ‘Lost’. The single which dropped in March 2021 has gone onto receiving immediate success with first plays on South African radio ahead of the initial release date, as well as being added onto multiple digital streaming services play-lists. Within the first 30 seconds of play, the song will leave the listener in utter disbelief that it’s his debut single.
‘Lost’ is the first release from his debut EP ‘Limbo’.
“My idea of limbo is a state of in-between. The ‘waiting room’ filled with pastime nostalgia and dreams of the future, neither of which you are currently experiencing but are ultimately consumed by. With the state of the world being such that it is, this is something I felt many would relate to.” – Bradley Knight
‘Lost’ has a dreamy, melancholic feel to it with soulful vocals accompanied by laidback beats, adding foley sounds and other organic elements with the intention of immersing the listener within the songs atmosphere. This atmosphere is filled with romance, nostalgia and a somewhat existential crisis. He wanted to create something with an “old soul” feel to it but which also used modern production techniques.
The debut single,is essentially a frustrated and somewhat romantic ode to navigating through the world in his 20’s and wondering who else is out there that feels as out of place with the current state of things as he does. Those moments of wanting to get out of a situation or head and get lost in the insignificance of things. Burn the place and marvel at the fire kind of feeling. It plays with two sides of that coin, the one being that the feeling of insignificance is terrifying and compels a reckless abandon and the other in seeing the beauty in that insignificance and surrendering to what seems to be a much bigger picture.
His cross-genre style was influenced by artists who are known for their boundary crossing sounds, such as Tom Misch, Jungle, Jordan Rakei, Bruno Major, Joesef, Honne, Sam Wills, Easy Life and FKJ. Bradley appreciates the emotional flow of a piece rather than the classic hooks of “commercial” music.
“I feel these kinds of artists are changing the perception of what is deemed “popular” or “commercial” through their industry respect and established, growing fan bases. It feels honest and unique, something I feel all artists should strive towards. I’d like to play a part in this movement. – Bradley Knight.
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Ultimately, I want to share my findings through music and leave behind an honest reflection of what it means to be human – Bradley Knight