London singer songwriter Hugo Valentine has played the piano since the age of 4 and was trained classically. This early immersion saw him work in many different musical genre, and three years ago started writing in his current style of piano-based pop, with diverse influences ranging from Elton John, David Bowie, Billy Joel, and Queen, to Radiohead, Tom Odell, and Mika, among others.
Hugo’s thoughtful and emotional pop comes with it plenty of energy and excitement. Hugo’s is fully involved in his music, not just writing, recording, and peforming, but also producing it all.
Valentine’s most recent release, ‘Trouble’, is out today. It opens sounding like ‘Slave To Love’ (Bryan Ferry), but it’s not long before Hugo puts his own stamp on the track, giving a sort of 80s vibe, and his vocals retain his London accent, which is very pleasing. This combined with the instrumentation, synths and keys, and strident drumbeat, make this a very enjoyable single.
‘Trouble’ is available from Apple Music/iTunes. You can find Hugo Valentine online on Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, and his official website. Stream ‘Trouble’ on Spotify.