Ben Howard says his next record is a 'little way off'

28/06/12

Ben Howard

Ben Howard has said the success of his debut album Every Kingdom has "exceeded his expectations".

The singer admitted he now needs breathing space before beginning work on the follow-up.

Ben Howard said: "I think there'll be an EP at the back end of this year and then the next record is a little way off."

Every Kingdom has sold more than 200,000 copies in the UK since its release in October 2011.

Ben Howard's set list at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend

    • Old Pine
    • Only Love
    • Black Flies
    • The Fear
    • The Wolves

Ben Howard, who performed at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend, has a full schedule of shows and festivals this summer and said he will need a break at some point.

"I need some time and space to make sure I'm on the right track with myself and playing music I want to play," he said.

The 25-year-old admitted he's "always writing" but gets confused between what "his heart says is good and what the head says is good".

He added: "We spent so much time on Every Kingdom, it was a real heart record. We spent all our time in Devon recording it."

Homecoming gig

His debut was released in late 2011 and peaked at number six in official album chart.

"The next record might have a little bit more thought into the recording process," he said. "Hopefully it'll be songs in the same kind of vein."

The next record might have a little bit more thought into the recording process. Hopefully it'll be songs in the same kind of vein
Ben Howard

Ben Howard has had a quick rise to fame since winning a contest for unsigned artists in 2009.

Now in demand across Europe, the 25-year-old is due to play a set as part of the Ibiza Rocks festival in July.

It will be a semi-homecoming performance as his parents live on the island and he spent time there while he was growing up.

"I played a couple of local gigs there as a kid," he said. "We played to 20 people so it's good to go back and do a proper big show out there."

His mum has also been looking forward to it.

"She's been sorting out her guest list," Ben Howard added.

"It's bigger than mine. I've been telling her, 'It's my gig!'"

He'll follow Ibiza Rocks with a set at Scotland's biggest festival, T In The Park.