Catching Up With: Jon Canem


Jon Canem is a Cheltenham based pop artist who has written within genres including EDM, House, Jazz and Retro pop. Jon has released music on German dance label DMN and these singles, titled 'Fake Love' and 'One Love', are currently climbing the charts within mainland Europe.

We caught up with Jon about his newest single.


Talk to us about I Don’t Wanna:

“I Don’t Wanna” is about reaching a point in your relationship where you’ve had enough of the games and petty arguments, it feels like a constant circle, but once you try to hide it, it can become quite toxic and dangerous

When did you start your music career?

I started making music when I was 17 years old, I’ve always had an interest in music but I didn’t feel I was good enough so I stuck at it and practiced various vocal techniques and warm ups every day. It wasn’t until I was about 19 When I started to write my own lyrics, it seemed to take me to another place mentally and spiritually. 

What’s your plans for 2020?

We had big plans for 2020, we had a string of shows booked up and ready to go up and down the country until Covid 19 decided to turn up and ruin everything, so now we’ve kinda changed course and are looking at releases for the rest of the year with “I Don’t Wanna” being the first release of 2020.

How are you finding self-isolation?

Well Fortunately I’m still working a day job which comes under the “Key Worker” category so I still have an income, I’ve had a lot more time to myself so that’s helped me lot creatively. I’ve managed to write at least 4/5 songs a week, more time to catch up with my favourite artists to take some inspiration and maybe a little advice to see what there doing with themselves.

What music are you listening to right now?

I’m currently listening to a lot of Travis Scott’s work, I’m really hooked on the “Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight” album, I love his use of tuning and reverb, his hooks are amazing, it’s definitely different to what I normally listen to. I’m a huge George Michael fan and I think you can really hear the inspiration in my music. I’ve always found the 80s really appealing to me. 

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