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” ‘Chelou’ is Parisian slang for ‘louche’. It’s also the name of north London-based singer-songwriter whose music has been racking up millions of streams over the years…” – DAZED
Some people were destined for greatness, and some people were destined for something a little more
extraordinaire. Not so much a conscious effort just life enacting somewhere between Lost In Translation
and the Truman Show. Chelou, a Gemini with an unborn twin is one such character.
A product of the Camden-Punk Scene his parents were native to. His Mum left home at 14 to run away
with the circus, her act was to be shot out of a cannon. With that spirit Chelou adopted the ethos that life
was a blank canvas for ourselves to complete however and whatever we see fit; Chelou drifted to music
as his medium.
Inspired by the varied music floating around his existence; Chelou taught himself to play the guitar by ear
and still to this day can’t read music. He also managed to complete a degree without ever owning a
computer and a phone only on occasion.
Emerging in 2014 after leaking his bedroom produced track, “The Quiet”, Chelou has not looked back.
The track went viral amongst the bloggers and garnered strong support on BBC Radio 6 from the likes of
Lauren Laverne and Tom Ravenscroft. The EP that followed saw Chelou support Thurston Moore and
Natalie Prass and go on tour with All We Are and make his debut festival appearances.
Chelou followed The Quiet EP up 6 months later, releasing a cover of Nirvana’s “Aneurysm” which too
went viral amongst the bloggers and his Mothership EP which was pressed to 12” vinyl. His sound also
caught the ears of Maya Jane Coles who featured Chelou on her debut Nocturnal Sunshine album and
began inviting him to her studio to work on material. The follow up EP was championed by both Annie
Mac and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, with online coverage at this point stretching from The Wall
Street Journal to i-D Magazine. Single “Don’t Hate On Me” quickly followed and the success on both the
internet and airwaves transcended to the road with performances supporting Bloc Party at their sold-out
The follow up to this single “Halfway To Nowhere.” This track proved to be a turning point as it gathered
momentum online, radio initially shunned it showing no support. The video which was a collaboration with
long time friend Polly Nor was released to rapturous reception gaining coverage from Dazed
Digital to Playground to Mixmag. The video went on to reach over 5 million views on YouTube with a
further 5 million streams across other streaming platforms.
Chelou released a last single “Damned Eye See” in the Autumn of 2017 before featuring on Maya Jane
Coles single “Darkside” taken from her album Take Flight. 2018 saw Chelou concentrate on touring and
finaliZing his debut full-length record, he featured on Pote’s track “Untune,” which came out in June 2018
on Benji B’s label Deviation.
Chelou has performed in 18 countries to date in 50 + cities to date. Key festival appearances have
included Green Man Festival, Wilderness, Sziget, Bestival, Love Saves The Day, Shambala, Eurosonic,
Where’s The Music, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Zandari Festival (South Korea), FARR,
Meadows In The Mountains (Bulgaria), Brainchild Festival, Antigel, One In A Million, Larmer Tree, Naked
Song, Duizel In Het Park, Terra Incognito, Clap Your Hands, MaMa, Live At Leeds, Hit The North.
Chelou’s been featured in the following publications, among many others: Dazed Digital, Playground
Magazine, Wonderland Magazine, i-D Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Resident Advisor, Red
Bull Music, Canal +, DIY Magazine, Juxtapoz, Clash Magazine, Noctis Magazine, Notion Magazine, The
Line Of Best Fit, Beat Magazine, Mixmag, Its Nice That, Boooom and The 405.