© Pau Bellido

Describing Junior Mackenzie’s music is not an easy task. It is a project that flows from the creation of a single entity to reach the entirety of a collective. It stems from a sonic architect who builds castles with bricks of folk, rock, blues or jazz, drinking from the waters of North American music. No matter who the creator is, the ultimate reality is the materialization of the song. Because that is where the essence of Junior Mackenzie is found: in the songs.

© Adrián Morote

After earning great reviews from previous works and acoustic tours in the United States, “Files of Life” (LP, 2017) is another step forward and a reinvention for a musician that is difficult to classify stylistically. Junior Mackenzie has toured with The Kills and has supported great international artists such as Frank Black, Richard Hawley and Zucchero among many others.

© Pau Bellido

In this new LP, Junior Mackenzie has found two good touchstones to continue expanding the bandwidth of his music.On one hand, Junior Mackenzie has had the honor of coproducing with Dani Castelar, sound engineer known for his work with Paolo Nutini, REM, Editors and Snow Patrol. And, as if that were not enough, Junior Mackenzie has signed with the US booking agency Atomic Music Group, sharing a roster with artists like The Bellrays, Nashville Pussy, Scott H. Birman, Supersuckers and Luke Winslow-King.

Additionally, Junior Mackenzie was selected to join the roster of the prestigious International Festival of Benicassim (FIB) in July of 2018. Recently, Junior Mackenzie received the Carles Santos Award for Valencian Music for the music video “Haze”, which is awarded by the Institute of Music, in addition to being nominated in the category of best rock album.

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It is not surprising that it has been selected as one of the best albums of 2017 and 2018 by music press. Junior Mackenzie has definitely found his voice and his sound in Files of Life; full of maturity, meaningful words, and rich ,musical nuances.

© Mónica Lou

With a sumptuous instrumentation, which combines layers of rich melodic chords with keyboards and guitars, and a profound cinematic air, these new compositions take Junior Mackenzie to more open and evocative spaces, without sacrificing the profound delivery of the words.


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