Songwriter Joel Rothwell might not be a household name just yet, but it seems likely that there’s every chance he soon will be. The pedigree of young musicians being elevated from the streets into stardom is a bar that is ever raising. For some, however, the transition seems easier than for others. With a stylishly crafted formula of honest story-telling accompanying his electro-pop sound, single ‘Just Don’t Know’ is the first of 4 inspired songs recorded with Brighton producer Toby Scott – which tells the story of a chance encounter, forbidden attraction and the inherent dilemma faced from within.
While these days, rubbing shoulders with well-known faces at events such as Cannes Film Festival may be commonplace, Bury-born Joel Rothwell’s down-to-earth nature and clean-cut image has stemmed from the family around him nurturing his long-harnessed dream to become a chart-topping success. Joel considers his sound to be, in essence, guitar-driven pop, blended with the house/electro sounds taken from the likes of Gorgon City or Disciples. Lyrically tight, there are no throwaway lines on display here, and he accredits inspiration to the likes of Linkin Park and Bring Me the Horizon for that.
While recording and preparing to release his debut album under the Steelworks Studio label, under the support of songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy (famed for working with the likes of the Spice Girls, Bryan Adams, Lulu and Take That), led to Joel taking part in his biggest gig to date. The Vulcan Experience aircraft hanger at Robin Hood airport in Doncaster was host to a sell-out charity event that raised over £65,000 for Help for Heroes, in which he shared the stage in following none other than Gary Barlow.