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INTERVIEW: Bipolar Sunshine

press_shot__largeAdio Merchant is delighted that it’s festival season and is looking forward to the sunshine and people but remains greatly inspired by his mother.

Bipolar Sunshine, brainchild of Adio Merchant, recently revealed his latest single in ‘Deckchairs on the Moon’ and  plans for his debut album set to be released later this year. We spoke to him ahead of festival season and of course his Belfast show on 27th September 2014 in the Limelight.

How are you feeling ahead of your set of your shows in Spain supporting Lily Allen? Looking forward to the sunshine and heat?

Yeah I’m pretty excited, it’s going to be a good experience playing with Lily Allen. She looks like she can have a good party – let the madness begin.

And of course, you’ll be playing Glastonbury this year. Is this your first time and what are you most looking forward to?

Yeah it’s my first time playing as Bipolar Sunshine, can’t wait! Glastonbury is the biggest festival and it’s two days after Ibiza Rocks so we will be on great form. I’m looking forward to seeing some other great acts and just the whole festival life, I love it.

How do you feel about playing festivals in general?

I prefer festivals as everyone’s sets are straight to the point, they play what they think is their best stuff. The crowds are always up for having a good time because they have paid their money to see acts they love and that energy transcends on stage.

What advice would you give to musicians and bands who are constantly looking for that break?

Faith!! Keep the the faith and belief that you are good enough and try and make yourself undeniable.

Who are your inspirations when it comes to the music and then of course in your personal life?

My mother is a great influence on both as she is one of the strongest women I know and always remains upbeat and positive and I love that about her. Musically she got me into reggae music and The Carpenters but I’m drawn to great music and always listening to see what I can use to aid what I do.

Your latest single Deckchairs on the Moon is released in July. Can you describe the meaning behind the song?

Finding that space with yourself, someone or with friends where you all go and it’s special to you and you know about it, like finding your inner sanctum where you can explore and do exactly what you want.

Your full UK tour truly kicks off in the Autumn, stopping off in Belfast on September 27th. What can everyone expect from your live shows?

An honest performance. I want people to get involved in what I do so crowd participation. I want them to feel as uplifted as me. I always wanna leave a part of myself on the stage so I give it my all.

Finally, your debut album. Give us all the details. I’m sure that it feels like a long time coming?

Yeah it feels long but it will come at the right time. There are a lot of songs that I can’t wait for people to hear so it’s exciting times.

Bipolar Sunshine play Limelight 2 on 27th September 2014. Tickets available now.

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