Sound x 3 Records is pleased to announce the worldwide digital release of ‘Old Soul New World’ by California neo soul and indie pop writer and recording artist, John Klezmer aka “Klez” in fall 2017. ‘Old Soul New World’ is the explosive and aptly titled second EP of Klez, whose music lies somewhere in the nebulous middle of the soul spectrum. Take the purity and resonance of Hozier and pair it with the soulful grit of Son Little, and you get Klez. Old Soul New World is a refreshing throwback to the glory days of Motown. It is Klez unchained and ready to steal the anthems of summer. The EP was recorded in the Bay Area; mixed in Northern California and mastered by audio guru, Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, and Cage the Elephant) at Magic Gardens Mastering in Los Angeles.
With the support of fans at home and abroad, Klez took to the road in April, 2017 on a Scandinavian tour where he performed in clubs, universities and radio stations. Following the tour, Klez was offered a several spots at Sweden’s “Live At Heart” festival in August, 2017 which is one of Scandinavia’s biggest showcase festivals, akin to SXSW in the USA. Upon returning to California, Klez was welcomed back to headline the “Keep Chico Creative” festival in Chico, California, which attracts thousands of people every year. Klez will be fully immersing himself in a series of summertime shows between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, while preparing to leave for Europe on another tour in support of his new EP in August, 2017.
Klez’s debut EP, Here Right Now, was released in May 2016. The title track from the EP was featured in a promo for the finale of the ABC primetime show, “Castle,” in May 2016. The waves from the release of this EP quickly led Klez to well-known venues throughout Los Angeles. Over this last year, Klez has gained momentum in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. His consistent dynamic performances have earned him headlining spots at respected venues across the city, including. Klez is set for an upcoming explosive European tour.
Over his career, Klez has performed with artists, such as Con Brio, Joey Dosik, The Main Squeeze, and Gene Evaro Jr. Klez was raised playing multiple instruments and listening closely to his family’s music collection, which included the likes of Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. While Klez was still in college at Chico State, he was discovered by Los Angeles based label, Sound x 3 Records, in the music industry program’s bi-annual singer songwriter competition, Chico Unplugged.