For someone who was, by his own admission, “extremely shy” as a young child, Ethan Barnett, aka Ten Tonnes, cuts a strikingly confident figure. The 21-year-old musician from Hertford possesses a breezy, seemingly effortless ability to fashion snap-crackle lyrics and earworm melodies.
Huw Stephens has already emerged as an influential fan, and has backed Ten Tonnes with regular airplay and even named him in his Alternative Tips for 2018 list. More support came from MistaJam, Phil Taggart, Jo Whiley, John Kennedy, Radio X and BBC Introducing, while MTV profiled him as a Get To Know breaking artist. Meanwhile, his live shows have included sold-out headline shows at The Camden Assembly and The Lexington and a tour as guest to Rat Boy. A run of arena dates with Stereophonics and further shows with Tom Grennan are also on the cards.
From his independently released debut EP ‘Lucy’ through to his Warner Bros. Records debut ‘Born To Lose EP’ and the recent single ‘Cracks Between’, Ten Tonnes’ songs capture a mix of wry humour, wistfulness and poetic imagery with a real power of observation.