Bipolar Sunshine takes us on a soul-igniting introspective journey as we delve into their debut album, 3034. tells us, “I put all my energy into creating something that felt deep and vulnerable.”
Manchester-born, Los Angeles-based artist Adio Marchant, known by his moniker Bipolar Sunshine, unveils his long-awaited debut album, 3034. The 11-track collection showcases his most “deep and vulnerable” music to date.
Since bursting onto the global music scene in 2014 with chart-topping singles, where did the love go, sun loungers on the moon Y DreamerBipolar Sunshine has performed at sold-out shows and festivals around the world, has been featured on acclaimed tracks with the likes of DJ Snake, Petit Biscuit and The Avener to name a few, co-wrote the Grammy-winning song. brown-skinned girl by Beyoncé and WizKid, and the list goes on!
Now adding a debut album to his stellar record of achievement, Adio reflects on his career: “For some time I have felt that in order to progress in my career, I need to give the world a body of work. I love all the roles I’ve done, but they don’t fully showcase all of my skills. For this project, I put all my energy into creating something that felt deep and vulnerable.”
After the release of 3034, we caught up with Adio, who gave Happy Mag a peek behind the unique creative lens that led to the making of their debut album. Join us as we chat about the inspirations that fueled the album, dream collaboration experiences, music festival highlights, Jamaican food spots, and more.
GLAD: Thanks for chatting with us! What are you waiting for this week?
BYE: I am looking forward to sharing my album. I’ve been working on this for a long time and I’m glad I can share it with anyone who wants to listen. For some time I have felt that in order to progress in my career, I need to give the world a body of work. I love all the roles I’ve done, but they don’t fully showcase all of my skills. For this project, I put all my energy into creating something that felt deep and vulnerable.
GLAD: Born in Manchester but now based in Los Angeles, you have lived in many different places with different localized scenes. What do you love/don’t love about where you live?
BYE: I love where I live now. It’s constantly sunny, which is completely different to Manchester. But sometimes I miss the seasons. I like to wear jackets and Los Angeles doesn’t offer that, but it’s great. If LA had more Jamaican food places it would be perfect. That’s the only thing missing. I feel like I get to create with amazing new people every day and that’s a big plus for me.
GLAD: What does your last day entail?
BYE: be with ffamily to start the day, then go to a Manchester City game and then play at a festival. That would be a great day for me… Oh, and between each activity, I would get a 30-minute body massage. That sounds incredible!
GLAD: Tell us about your creative community.
BYE: me I have many artists that I work with. I recently finished my album with Malay and amazing writers like Paul Phamous. Luca from Toronto is a general! Recently I’ve been working a lot with P on the boards and Benji Miller and Jessie Mason. You should hear some of the stuff we’ve been up to soon.
GLAD: You have collaborated with so many amazing artists! Describe what your writing sessions are like when you work with them.
BYE: The best part of collaborating is that you really get to know the person you’re working with. For me, the best sessions have come like this. Most of the time, you need to chat for an hour and completely forget that you are meant to make music. Escapism opens the portal to creativity.
GLAD: How was the recording experience for you? 3034 album?
BYE: The experience took many different turns. Most of the project was done before COVID. So I had a lot of time to sit on the songs and overanalyze them. This resulted in me writing American dreamwhich I think really shows a different way side of me that wasn’t on the album.
GLAD: Are there any books or TV shows that you are currently enjoying?
BYE: I am currently reading a book by Karline Smith called massive mossy side. Favorite TV shows are game of Thrones, barry Y top boy.
GLAD: What did you listen to growing up that fueled your inspiration for your music?
BYE: I used to listen to a lot of garage music, then I moved on to Lil Nas X, Jay-Z, DMX, Kanye and Tame Impala. Strong influences on me.
GLAD: What did you read or hear that opened your eyes and mind to the perspective you have painted on your album? 3034?
BYE: I watched a documentary about AGI and was amazed at how far we’ve come. And the level of information that an Ai can do. It’s got me thinking about our human extinction in a big way.
GLAD: Of all the festivals you’ve played, which has been your favorite and why?
BYE: Glastonbury. Easily one of the best festivals in the world.
GLAD: If it was the last day on Earth, what would you be doing?
BYE: I would be youtrying to find an artificial intelligence company that can freeze my brain, until the technology advances enough to restore me to a new shell. Or he would be having a feast full of Jamaican food. Go outside lol.
GLAD: Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Congratulations on the new release.
Stream 3034 via Spotify below.
Interviewed by Olivia Adams.