Artist Spotlight: Keaton Henson

In a world dominated by celebrity and reality TV culture, it’s sometimes refreshing to discover something completely contrary. Don’t get us wrong; talent shows, big budget music videos, and sold-out stadium performances are all fine, but sometimes you just need something a little more down to earth. So, if it’s the antidote to the X-Factor you’re looking for, they don’t come much better than English musician, Keaton Henson.

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The London songwriter has a melancholy style that has been hailed by critics as extraordinary. One such example of praise came from Radio 1 DJ, Zane Lowe, who described his song “You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are” as “one of the most special pieces of music I’ve heard in a very, very long time”.

Despite such critical acclaim he continues to suffer from severe stage fright and subsequently, rarely performs live. Instead, he dedicates his time to writing & recording songs at his flat, and the result is truly inspiring. If earthy music is your thing, check out his debut album, Dear…, and its follow-up Birthdays for some truly honest displays of emotion rarely seen in popular music.

Henson’s most recent work has seen him take a radical change in direction by writing a classical piece for cello, woodwind, and piano entitled “Romantic Works”. Recorded entirely in Henson’s bedroom, the wholly instrumental piece opens with “Elevator Song”, inspired by an episode of pre-performance anxiety in a lift.

New Material

Following a rare live performance at Meltdown festival earlier this year, Henson has once again retreated to his home studio to work on new material. And, we are pleased to see him using a Shure SM7B and a pair of KSM141’s to record piano and vocals at his home studio.

It just goes to show you what can be achieved with a relatively humble recording setup. Inspired by his personal journey and challenges, Henson has created music that transcends production values. The music truly speaks for itself, and in many ways, his weakness becomes his biggest strength.

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Credit: We would like to thank photographer Sophie Harris-Taylor and ATC Management for putting us in touch. We’re looking forward to seeing what comes next for Keaton Henson.

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Marc Henshall

Marc forms part of our Pro Audio team at Shure UK and specialises in Digital Marketing. He also holds a BSc First Class Hons Degree in Music Technology. When not at work he enjoys playing the guitar, producing music, and dabbling in DIY (preferably with a good craft beer or two).

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  • christian says:

    HI Marc
    I’m studying music technology at Falmouth, and am starting to produce my first bits of work, and whilst looking for Keaton hendon’s setup, I came across this blog. I’ve been struggling to record myself playing in a similar set up and am interested in doing some work with the shure microphones you have here. Are there any student discounts you offer through institutions or just in the market place?

    Any help would be great

    thanks

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