Former Kid British frontman cloaks under the new moniker Bipolar Sunshine and performs an exclusive acoustic version of ‘Trouble‘, which is lifted from the new EP ‘Drowning Butterflies’.
Bipolar Sunshine is the solo venture from Manchester’s Adio Marchant whose haunting, semic-electonic pop melodies can levitate the darkest of moods. Subtle beats, hypnotics vocals and a sparkling new ideology, we spent the afternoon with the northern soul as he performed a special track from his new EP ahead of the release of new single ‘Love More, Worry Less’.
Does it feel almost liberating being a solo artist in your own right and do you still keep in touch with any of the Kid British brood?
Yeah I’m in touch with all the boys, we’re still friends as we our split was mutual. They all have music coming out so that should be interesting to see what they’ve been working on.
Do you have complete creative control over the new project now?
Yeah and it feels great to not have to compromise my ideas, it’s nice to have this new found freedom .
What did you want to achieve with this project?
I wanted to create an ideology for myself ,something to write towards that gave me scope to write what ever I wanted without being constrained anything.
Manchester is awash with amazing musical talent. What do you love most about the city and how does it compare to other leading cities?
It always rains so it’s great writing material. The attitude in Manchester is very much our own where we don’t really care what most people think. The people in Manchester are great and there are so many characters. I have a real soft spot for London as it’s the creative hub and everything is happening here. I split my time between the two cities. It’s kind of like a work commute.
You’ve been publicly showing A$AP and Kendrick Lamar some love but what else gets your creative juices flowing? Who are you enjoying at the minute.
I really love the new Arctic Monkeys record and i’ve also been listening to Chance The Rapper, Miguel and Kanye West. I’m really hoping Pharrell Williams drops some new solo material soon because his features over the summer have been crazy-good.
If you could collaborate with any other artist, who would be your first choice?
I think Alex Turner and Adele are the best songwriters of this generation. I need to hone my own craft before I start working with other people though and borrowing vocals.
Tell us a little bit about your involvement with Bacardi Beginning this year and it’s rather intense process?
Rudimental chose to work with me to create a song in 24 hours which I was happy about. We got in the studio and the process was easy as they are all great guys and amazing at what they do. We wrote the song in less than an hour. We performed it at the end too which was slightly nerve wracking.
The second EP’s out soon. How will it differ from your debut ‘Aesthetics’ and what can we expect from it?
It will be the next level up for me as I have a good introduction and hope to build on it. The sound will differ but the sentiment will remain the same. I never want to recreate the same thing twice.
What can we expect from your live shows?
Three red balloons, Gone With The Wind playing in the background and an engaging atmosphere.
Words: Shane Hawkins
Photo: Elliott Morgan