Every now and then an artist comes along that blows you away and Aaron Keylock has fast been cementing his reputation as one of the most exciting and brightest young talent’s in the UK. A mesmerising live performer with over 200 shows to his name; he has already played with Blackberry Smoke, The Cadillac Three, Tracer, The Graveltones and The Answer as well as Bloodstock, Planet Rockstock, Ramblin’ Man Fair and Download festivals – and he’s just turned 18. With their reputation for signing guitar virtuosos, Mascot Records was the natural choice as label and in January this year he flew to Santa Clarita, California to record his self-penned debut album with producer Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai, Alice Cooper, Jo Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons).
Mascot owner Ed van Zijl saying “It is always exciting to bring a new talent to the World and play a part in the building of that career. It is the reason this company exists. Aaron is a great talent and I am convinced he has what it takes to become successful, Rock n Roll is definitely not dead!”
Whilst referencing Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, The Faces, T Rex and Blackfoot, Aaron writes all his own songs. Sporting clothes and hair straight out of 1974 (“I just like them”), Aaron references his heroes in a shockingly authentic yet millennial way. He explains, “It’s the music I grew up with, it’s what I like, but you can’t base yourself on someone else. You’ve got to be inventive and see what comes out” The album is currently scheduled for an early Autumn 2016 release.
“Virtuosos are 10-a-penny, but last year’s support slots with Blackberry Smoke announced a songwriter with ambitions beyond the 12 bar. Keylock could be a name to conjure with” (Classic Rock Magazine, Sounds of 2016). “If you’re looking for a real teen prodigy, Aaron Keylock is your man. Aaron is in this for the long haul and by all rights will be a major artist for many decades to come” (The Blues Magazine)
“Sauntering on stage with a swagger and cockiness, he, his drummer and his bass player launched into a half hour set that had the growing crowd more than impressed. In his purple corduroy trousers, with a body built like the gable end of a Rizla, face hidden under long hair and guitar slung low he bore more than a passing resemblance to a young Jimmy Page. The guitar solo in ‘Just One Second’ is of a standard people who’ve been playing a lot longer than he’s been living can only aspire to.” (Planet Mosh Live Review).