Bands to Watch #215: Juan Zelada

By on Friday, 20th May 2011 at 12:00 pm

After leaving Spain with his guitar in tow, Juan Zelada arrived in London looking for stardom. With little more than a tune and a message, he managed to work his way up the ranks in search of fame and fortune. Now he’s finally being given some recognition. Since touring with Amy Winehouse and making some famous friends such as Paloma Faith, Zelada is gearing up to release his debut single ‘Breakfast in Spitalfields’ (video below) on the 4th July.


The song is definitely based around the one man and his guitar ethos, with a minimal structure and soft sombre vocals. Drawing influence from Jack Johnson and John Mayer, the song is mellow and perfect for this summer weather. It’s not too complicated or intricate but it’s catchy, and Zelada’s voice keeps the chilled feel of the song going throughout.

Also in Zelada’s repertoire is the ever so swing ‘The Blues Remain’. Packed full of pianos and a brass section, the Paolo Nutini-esque track is every bit as catchy as ‘Breakfast in Spitalfields’ but has a much bigger sound. Breaking the mould of his one-man show style, Zelada encompasses many elements into this song to keep the momentum going with a noise big enough to fill a stadium. Which one day he just might do.

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