Manchester native Adio Marchant, aka Bipolar Sunshine, combines elements of pop, R&B, and dance to create his own unique sound.
Before launching his solo career in 2013, Marchant was lead vocalist for six-piece ska band Kid British
. He found the approach of multiple songwriters too constricting, so upon their dissolution in 2012 he decided to strike out as a solo artist. With the help of producer Jazz Purple, Marchant began to construct a sound and image that aimed to be thought-provoking and musically diverse. His vision of alternative pop gained him many fans early on, with artists such as A$AP Rocky
and London Grammar
eager to endorse his music. In June 2013, Marchant released his debut EP, Aesthetics, which he quickly followed with the Drowning Butterflies EP in November. Throughout his early career, Marchant would self-release his music, but in 2014 he signed to Polydor
; a full-length debut was initially set for release around the same time, but ended up being delayed for a few years. In the interim, Marchant appeared as guest vocalist on numerous dance productions, including Lane 8
's "I Got What You Need" and DJ Snake
's "Middle," the latter of which saw release in 2016. The following year, he delivered the emotive single "Are You Happy." ~ Liam Martin