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As the driving creative force behind KALEO, one of Iceland’s most successful musical exports, JJ Julius Son generally looks forward– to the next recording session, the next gig, the next source of inspiration. So, when asked to look back, he is truly moved by how successful and epic the journey has already been, just one album deep into his career on the international stage.

In just three short years, KALEO has scored a trifecta of global hits, including the churning No. 1 alternative track “Way Down We Go”; received a GRAMMY nomination for the hard-hitting strutter “No Good”; and watched its first album for Atlantic Records, 2016’s A/B, go gold. The band has toured the world, from sweaty nightclubs filled with diehard fans to mammoth crowds at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza.  KALEO has even played vast stadiums, seducing thousands of Rolling Stones fans with its majestic rock sound, Julius Son’s towering, blues-inflected vocals and singular guitar licks. “Everybody else says look how far you’ve come,” says the singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist-producer of these milestones. “But you’ve got to walk every small step of the way, so it doesn’t feel like you’ve come that far because there are so many steps.”

Every bit of that lived experience is packed into his next big step: KALEO’s next album, due out later this year on Elektra/Atlantic.


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