Our dive into Weirdo Workshop
's amazing creative output continues this week with a mini NEXT Session with Trinidad and Tobago artist Kes
. We first heard of Kes' work while talking with Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmon - two songwriters responsible for peppering the Billboard Top 100 with hit after hit after hit. Weirdo Workshop is their record label and creative collective aimed at filling what they see as a major void of meaningful work present throughout pop music today. I think you'll find Kes fills that void nicely.
A backyard, family band that channeled their first fits of creativity into a punk band making songs called "Bullet In The Head", Kes Dieffenthaller along with brothers Hans and Jon have moved and matured into different sonic territory over the years. "Our music has really spread across boundaries, across countries." Kes beamed in conversation. "It's where the world meets. I think that's what our music is. You get a touch of Calypso, a touch of Reggae, a touch of Pop, a touch of rock, a touch of soul. It's really that combination of all our influences."
Joined by Chuck Harmony on the Steinway, the brothers Dieffenthaller dial the exotic, Caribbean rum party vibe of their recorded material down just a bit, turning in an exquisite and uplifting version of their song, "Have A Little Light". With the sun pouring into the studio in golden strands, it would be damn near impossible not to feel what Kes, his brothers, and Weirdo Workshop are trying to do with this music. "Music has always been everything for me," Kes would conclude. "It's always been an escape, it's been medicine, it's been fun, it's been joy." That's exactly what you'll get in our newest mini NEXT session with Kes.