South African artist Jeremy Loops has played some of the world’s most prestigious venues – including a sell-out headline Brixton Academy show in the UK – with his high-energy music, amassing over 250 million global streams, and growing. Today he releases his long-awaited third album, ‘Heard You Got Love’, a record of head-bopping anthems perfect for sunny days.
Also released today is Jeremy’s feel good, laid back and hooky single ‘Head Start’, produced by the prolific Red Triangle (Camilla Cabella, Charlie Puth, Yungblud), co-written by Wayne Hector (Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’) and featuring Jeremy’s easing voice and effortless guitar.
This follows his previous single ‘Better Together’ which was co-written with none other than Ed Sheeran. After meeting back stage at a show in South Africa, the pair hit it off – with Ed even joking that Jeremy was a better ‘loop’ artist than him – and decided to work together.
The first single from this album was written and recorded with one of Jeremy’s life-long influences, the iconic, world-renowned, South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The group formed in the 1960s to create traditional world music with energetic, uniquely spirited harmonies, and here their distinctive style fits perfectly with Jeremy’s sound. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s celebrated career was followed by a young Jeremy who was brought to tears after first seeing them live. To collaborate on this album was a dream come true.
Jeremy is a self-taught musician who picked up his first guitar at university. As his love for writing songs grew, the South African penned melodies while working aboard superyachts, where he worked his way up from deckhand to yacht master. Obsessed with squeezing music into every day on shore and evening on deck, Jeremy’s trusty loop pedal followed him around his tour of the seas.
Whilst working closely with the water, Jeremy was shocked to see the volume of waste in the industry. It is this experience that fuelled one of his many initiatives, Greenpop, the eco-project that has filled 400 green-free spaces with over 150,000 trees. As his career quickly developed, Jeremy has worked hard to offset any carbon emissions from touring and constantly puts social responsibility at the forefront of his movements.
The long-time activist founded The Big Food Drive to deliver food supplies to some of the poorest communities in South Africa. The crowd-funded campaign has built a food distribution network with other partners that contributed towards 55,000 meals per week for 6 months for those in need.
Jeremy has carefully merged these values into each corner of his latest record. He says, “This is the album I’ve always wanted to make and my hope is that some of the things I’ve written about will mean as much to others as they do to me. Every song speaks to something I care deeply about.”
The album ‘Heard You Got Love’ allowed Jeremy to explore more technical aspects of recording than he has previously. The record came to life in Jeremy’s home studio in between daily dips in the ocean. He collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Simone Felice (The Lumineers), Jake Gosling (Shawn Mendes), Tobias Kuhn (Milky Chance) and Carey Willets (Dermot Kennedy). He also brought on a fleet of high-end producers for the album, including Ed Holloway (Lewis Capaldi), Eg White (Adele) and Cam Blackwood (George Ezra).
Jeremy will set sail around the globe once again this year for his extensive 2022 tour, stopping at Glasgow, Dublin and Manchester before embarking upon a string of dates at European cities and closing the run at London’s Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) on 6th October (see below for details).
2022 Live Dates:
2nd September: Glasgow, Galvanisers
3rd September: Dublin, The Academy
6th September: Manchester, 02 Ritz
8th September: Amsterdam, Melkweg Max
11th September: Cologne, Live Music Hall
13th September: Berlin, Metropol
15th September: Prague, Lucerna
17th September: Warsaw, Proxima
19th September: Vienna, Gasometer
21st September: Zurich, Volkshaus
22nd September: Lausanne, Les Docks
24th September: Frankfurt, Batschkapp
25th September: Stuttgart, Longhorn
29th September: Hamburg, Fabrik
30th September: Leuven, Het Depot
1st October: Paris, Le Trabendo
6th October: London, Eventim Apollo
Jeremy Loops’ ‘Heard You Got Love’ is out now via Decca Records . Listen HERE
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Source: Universal Music Africa