Nightjjar is the work of Bristol-based songwriter, Aden Pearce.
Growing up in the Thames Valley, Aden started as bassist, guitarist and singer in various rock bands before being first spotted as a solo artist by Interscope Records via a Kerrang! demo competition at 22. The three-track EP was recorded entirely onto a Portastudio in Aden’s bedroom, and gave him encouragement to pursue a career on his own.
Gigging under his own name, he built a reputation as a solo act, playing around the South East and self-releasing music along the way. But becoming disillusioned with the one-man-and-guitar acoustic style and the limitations he’d imposed on it, Aden began again to tinker with more experimental sounds at home, and took time away to develop new ideas – looking at ways to instil his burgeoning interest in folk and electronica.
Nightjjar is the result of it. The Footsteps EP (2017) was a starting point, bridging the gap between his past and the new Nightjjar sound, acoustic-based but with electronic elements and wider sonic scope; The King Of Insincere followed six months later and more closely represented the live act: more loops, more samples, and in a more pop-oriented direction.
The success of the King of Insincere led to appearances supporting Roddy Woomble (Idlewild) and at Reading’s Are You Listening? Festival, along with local and national radio airplay.
Now relocated to Bristol, Aden is currently working on a full-length release, due in 2020 with a preceding EP, ‘Two Jays’, to be released in the Spring.
“Focussed songwriting and rich, epic production” – Tom Robinson, BBC Introducing Mixtape (6 Music)
“Eclectic flavoured indie-folk fusion with a large dollop of clever innovation” – Fresh on the Net
“Absolutely loved this track the moment I heard it” – BBC Berkshire Introducing
“Ambitious, melodramatic sounds” – Faded Glamour