Singled Out: Kevin Lester

04/02/2013
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Today Kevin Lester a.k.a. 'The LionCityBoy' tells us about his new single "Hear Me Go" from his debut EP "Everything You Love, You Hate, " which is being released today (April 2nd). Here is the story:

While writing the album, I was continuously exploring the idea of two worlds like dreams and nightmares and love and hate. It's the idea that while living in this similar space, there are extremes.

This time I was exploring the joy I get from being on stage, a place I feel most empowered in but looking back at this very stoic music audience regarding themselves as safe listeners. They clap after songs, they jump when only told to, don't get me wrong they're vibing to the music but it seems to be trapped within them.

Having been blessed to play at such great cities like New York, I've witnessed crowds just letting loose and just going wild! That energy that cannot be replaced, the human element of music, the listener. Hear Me Go invites the listener to my world almost begging you to go crazy.

The suit and tuxedo reference resembles constraint and control as we usually are at black tie events. Then addressing that even then, not to be afraid, let go, get dirty, mosh or bounce off the walls if it feels right too.

I imagine an audience of well-dressed people, sipping expensive champagne speaking in perfect-no-street-lingo language suddenly exploding with energy around a parquet dance floor when Hear Me Go kicks in through the speakers. The crowd becomes unruly and moshes. The chandelier shakes from the burst of havoc that has ensued. The audience suddenly realizes that there is no time to cage any part of you.

"Now make 'em rush to the floor"

The lyrics are laced with some of my favorite fashion influences, Yohji Yamamoto, Singaporean fashion designer and friend of mine Wykidd and the classic hero Hugo Boss. Mr Porter, a favorite tastemaker for suits makes an appearance as well. I hope to always get the listener involved in my life when I'm writing songs.

"When your friends try to fit the shoes you left her,
No laces on some leather/Blazer slim or double breasted
Black on black/ my pocket square/Get me seats on debonair"

This topic though borderline popular is close to my heart. I've always felt held back until music gave me my voice, gave me a reason to speak. I've stepped out of my own shell and here I am for all the world to see.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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