03 Feb, 2020
Legendary multi-vocalist, instrumentalist, live-looping pioneer and producer Beardyman is about embark on his most ambitious project yet. Following the release of his last single in Autumn 2019, '6am (Ready to Write)' featuring Joe Rogan with it s award-winning video by revered director Ian Pons Jewell, Beardyman will be drowning out the insane developments of 2020 with 'Sheer Volume'. Launching on Friday 7th February 2020, 'Sheer Volume' will see Beardyman release 52 singles over the course of a year with accompanying videos, a weekly cross- platform live-stream and a monthly podcast. Pre-orders for the first single will go live on Friday 31st January for the stirring Liquid Drum and Bass anthem that is 'Every End Is A Beginning'.
Whilst the idea of writing, recording, producing and releasing a single along with a video every single week sounds insane and would give most artists and labels the fear, Beardyman's realisation is it plays to his personal strengths. In one of his first recording sessions with Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), was trying to get Beardyman to perfect a line for a hook for a song they were working on, but every time he tried to re-voice the line, Beardyman came up with a new and different idea. Norman stopped and explained to Beardyman that he'd realised Beardyman is, in his words, "a Jazzer", constantly thinking of new options and bored of an idea once it had been realised.
In their next recording session together Norman played beat and Beardyman voiced the entire song in one take in one take. That one take became the global dance music phenomenon 'Eat Sleep Rave Repeat'.
Beardyman explains "My own creativity is best fuelled by constant deadlines rather than one big looming one. As Leonardo Da Vinci wrote, 'A piece of art is never finished, merely abandoned' and I find it difficult knowing when to stop and draw a line, especially in the absence of a deadline. The rabbit hole is not an option for me creatively and this level of publicly shared deadlines helps me find that sweet spot, before you start getting diminishing returns and hit mix version 86... or higher... I know this is the rate with 'Sheer Volume' where I can produce the best stuff and work together with my jazz brain".
Beardyman toured the world with his 'One Album per Hour' show, from sold out shows at Edinburgh Fringe, to Montreal's Just For Laugh's, to Sydney's Royal Opera House. Each night he d make a brand new album within an hour based on the audience creating new album titles. Having completed that game, 'Sheer Volume' is another way for him to deal with his musical ADD, but all of the inspiration will be coming from within and whilst some may well be very funny, this is no joke.
Beardyman's rise to success began with him winning the UK Beatbox Championships two years in a row in 2006 and 2007. Creatively shackled by technology and his vast musical ideas, he then went on to develop the world's most advance live music production system known as BEARDYTRON_5000, allowing him to improvise studio quality cutting edge dance music in real time. He unveiled the BEARDYTRON to a standing ovation at the annual global TED conference.
Since then he has evolved the BEARDYTRON s capabilities further to allow him to realise his creative vision even better and faster. Beardyman explains that "As a creator, you're only listening to the music that s playing inside of you, but those ideas are only there for a moment. It s about capturing them and the tech I've developed helps me do that, almost instantly."
Beardyman has toured the world consistently for over a decade headlining boutique festivals and performing on main stages and big tops ranging from Bestival to Coachella, Fuji Rocks to Glastonbury and everything in between. He was even asked to open the entire Glastonbury festival two years running which lead to him being credited by BBC Breakfast as the "King of Sound, Ruler of Beats".
Beardyman has previously collaborated with artists as varied as Chase and Status, Imogen Heap, Groove Armada, Jack Black, Herbie Hancock, Jacob Collier, Reggie Watts and Tim Minchin.
He has just announced a Spring 2020 live tour where he will be bringing his widely acclaimed talents to a range of venues. The tour will see the multi-vocalist and producer play 19 locations, throughout the UK and Europe.
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