On Monday, I had the opportunity to go down to London to see a very intimate gig of the very talented Alex Vargas. This was the last of his intimate shows before he embarks on a huge european tour beginning in September.
Vargas played in a quirky, underground cocktail bar in Fitzrovia - the bar was dark, mysterious and full of incense burners. A perfect location for Vargas to showcase his outstanding voice. He played a set of about 40 minutes, featuring songs such as his last single 'Till Forever Runs Out' and the beautiful, haunting track 'Solid Ground'.
He classifies his genre on Facebook as 'noise soul' - I feel this is a perfect description. His voice is full of soul, his songs begin slow and mellow, with a slow crescendo - evolving into loud but carefully crafted climaxes with the help of drum machines, repeats and sampling. All with the help of his other band member - Tommy Sheen.
Vargas has complete control over his beautiful, vast vocal range.
I feel very privileged that I was in a room of only 50/60 people witnessing his creativity and talent flourish. With support already coming from radio DJs Annie Mac, Jo Whiley and Dermot O'Leary, I expect that by this time next year, Vargas will be a prominent feature at many music festivals around the world.
See if he's playing near you here..