Echoing the sentiments of many around the world about motivation to get work done while in lockdown, James Veck Gilodi, the lead vocalist of UK four-piece Deaf Havana says, “ “It’s actually been so hard to stay creatively motivated; I haven’t really written anything at all. It’s quite bad really, but there’s absolutely nothing to write about so it’s pretty impossible to sit down and be productive. I keep sitting down in front of my computer and trying to write but I just end up watching weird YouTube videos. Hopefully this will change.”
he biggest challenge is to really make the performance as energetic as I would usually make it at a show with a crowd
Among one of the few British guitar bands to achieve a top 10 album in 2018 with their fifth studio album Rituals, Deaf Havana spent the following year touring and performing extensively. From travelling around the world in 2019 to suddenly having things come to a halt has not been easy, even for James who describes himself as a “home bird.”
A lot of live performances have transitioned into livestreams in recent times. For the most part, James was not keen on the online concert trend. He explains,”The biggest challenge is to really make the performance as energetic as I would usually make it at a show with a crowd. I’m quite a reluctant front man and I really feed off the crowd energy so without that it is really difficult for me to perform the same way I normally do.”
I feel like I kind of fell into music and nothing has ever really been planned out or worked the way I expected it to. but I have met some wonderful people and seen some incredible places
But as with everything else in his musical career – which he describes as “a beautiful mess”- James accepts and embraces the fact that things may not go according to plan, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Speaking of his career, he recounts “ I feel like I kind of fell into music and nothing has ever really been planned out or worked the way I expected it to. but I have met some wonderful people and seen some incredible places.”
With the same steadfast attitude,James along with long time creative collaborator Jon Stone and LiveFrom Events, has worked to make sure that Deaf Havana’s upcoming livestream concert is the best it can be. While he doesn’t give away any hints as to what to expect from the intimate night’s performance at London’s St. Pancras Church, which will be streamed online on Sunday, July 19 at 20:00 BST, he does credit the entire team who have worked on it with him.
He says, “It’s mainly down to Jon and the amazing video and lighting crew that make it look and feel so atmospheric, I just turn up and do what I always do! But I guess we all just did whatever we could to create a mood in a platform that isn’t necessarily the most vibey of scenarios and I think we deliver.”
The solo performance from James will cost £10 and will be available exclusively via www.livefrom.events. So tune in and check it out to see what wonders await fans!