This week, I managed to get hold of one Adio Marchant. Marchant, also known now as Bipolar Sunshine, used to be former vocalist of Kid British – but three EP’s down, a headline tour starting this month and a debut album that’s almost complete, he’s definitely making a name for himself as a solo artist.
Naturally, the first question I had to ask to satisfy my curiosity was… where did the name ‘Bipolar Sunshine’ come from?“It literally dropped out of nowhere – I’ve always had the name in my head… It comes from Manchester too, because of the weather!” Sitting in a café in Manchester city centre at the time, I can’t help but look out of the window at the sun-and-showers sky and agree with him. “And as for sunshine, well sunshine will always make people feel better. When things are grim and the sun comes out everyone just forgets their worries – So that’s what I go for.”
Marchant, whose history with Kid British displays genres ranging from ska to hip hop, now seems to aim for a more sophisticated and pop-orientated tone in his new music, and I asked him why he seems to have gone in a completely different direction and opted to create a whole new vibe now compared to his time in Kid British.
“Kid British was an amalgamation of all these different people, so when I do my own thing I’m allowed to express my own style and what I actually want to do, because when you’re working with other people it’s a majority-vote-style thing – An Idea can start off one way and end up somewhere else, which creates an interesting style, but I didn’t want to do that for my own project, I wanted to veer away from that.”
Was the ‘indie pop’ genre you’ve been described as always in the back of your mind?
“I don’t class myself as making indie-pop music, do you know what I mean? I think I’ve always just been able to create music. My favourite song of mine is Fire. It came out the most authentic and it’s the one that I enjoy the most. It came from a real life situation – about a relationship. It’s freestyle… I just put a beat on it and said what I wanted.”
And it’s true, Fire is a really, really good song.
“A lot of the material from his past three EP’s have been really, really good songs – But what about the upcoming debut album? “Oh the album’s on its way” He tells me, sounding pretty damn excited. “I’ve still got one or two little bits to finish – We’re just trying to sort out a good release date. The inspiration behind the album is just to explore escapism as much as possible. It’s for when people want to escape and just go to a completely different space and I hope that my music allows that – If they’re having a great day or a shit day….. As I said: Bipolar Sunshine.”
What do you think of other artists on the scene right now? Any dream collaborations?
“I really enjoy listening to Jazz Purple. He’s produced a lot of my stuff and my album and the label has worked with him too. Jazz Purple is the most interesting character I’ve come across and in a few years I think he’s going to be one of the biggest artists in the world. Another guy is August & Us, another incredible project!
I decided to be difficult, as I usually am: “But if you had to pick one artist and only one to collaborate with?” It took a lot of deliberation, but eventually we got there. “Kanye… But only if Morrissey was in the room as well – just for added spice, all those alter-egos going off in the room! Putting them both in a room and filming it would be…” I don’t think he really needed to finish that sentence. It would either be magic or murder, or both. We compare it to the recent collaboration between Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West – The mix between American and English. The old and the new.
“What’s been happening” he tells me, “is that artists are becoming highly influenced by European music – And Kanye is doing so well because he’s adapted to that a lot more quickly than other people. England as a whole creates some of the best music.” He’s not wrong, and his sophisticated understanding of creating something that appeals to both sides of the pond, creating something new that still holds true to classic pop music (or whichever genre – if any – he might prefer to identify with) comes across fantastically through his music: A prime example being his new single, Daydreamer.
Adio tells me the excitement for his upcoming tour is really starting to rise. This, his first solo headline tour, is going to be in a way the first landmark on his path to fame and fortune, especially if he’s as good live as he is in the studio. Clearly, Bipolar Sunshine has a deep understanding of what he wants to create, how to create it, and has his head screwed on and facing in the right direction: Onwards and upwards.