18-year-old Nigerian-Scottish songwriter TAYO SOUND releases brand new track ‘Gone’, with an accompanying visualizer via Black Butter/Arista Records. Stream now.
The Courage (Ray BLK, Lava La Rue) produced single exposes Tayo’s vulnerability as he attempts to navigate through life after heartbreak. Speaking on ‘Gone’, Tayo explains “Gone is probably one of my favourite tracks I’ve written so far. It’s a straight up sad boi heartbreak song. Courage produced this one and we both knew that it was a vibe from the moment we recorded that opening guitar”
‘Gone’ follows a fantastic sold out live show last month at London’s Jazz Cafe and the release of his debut singles, ‘Cold Feet’, ’Heartbreaker’ and most recently ‘Someone New’ which have garnered nearly 3m streams combined and seen UK and US press coverage across the board. As well as love from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders – with ‘Someone New receiving BBC Radio 1 Track of the Week – Tayo Sound has received fantastic new artist support from Spotify and Apple Music. Featuring in the ‘Our Generation’, ‘Alt Pop’, ‘New Music Friday’ and ‘Good Energy’ playlists, he hit #5 on the Viral Chart. Tayo Sounds is almost at 4 million streams across all of his tracks now!
Growing up around church where he got his first introduction to music, his older brother’s ringtones were the first time he heard 3-minute pop songs, sparking an obsessive love for music that led him to busking the streets of Reading for 10 hours a day with his first set of songs at the age of 14. Working solo in his bedroom on old laptops and the microphone on his mobile he recorded two demos and sent them everywhere he could to get noticed. Subsequently he got support from tastemaker blog Hilly Dilly and caught the attention of labels both in the UK and US before singing with Black Butter and Arista.
Since then he’s had the opportunity to work with the likes of Al Shux (Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Lana Del Rey), George Reid (of Aluna George), Rob Milton (Easy Life), Blake Slatkin (Juice WRLD, Omar Apollo) and The 23rd (Khalid, Grace Carter) as well as performing for BBC Introducing and alongside Lianne La Havas as part of an Annie Mac Presents night at the Moth Club in London. This groundwork is all pushing towards a body of work that will form his debut EP due early next year.