Setting your sights high is one thing, but Bipolar Sunshine – an artist tipped for huge success in 2014 – has set his on surpassing even the biggest of expectations.

“I’d like to be on [Sir Richard] Branson’s flight to Mars,” he smirks, “hopefully I can get myself a ticket and see what it’s like to live up in space.”

But setting your aims that high can never be a bad thing. After all, it’s paid dividends thus far for Adio Marchant, who has performed under his Bipolar Sunshine moniker since the split of former band – Kid British – in 2012. Since then, it’s been full steam ahead for his solo project, which has received plaudits from the likes of NME and Radio 1, with both taking a big interest in the Mancunian singer-songwriter.

Although Mars may be one leap too far, where Adio is concerned as long as things keep progressing the way they are currently, then that’s good enough for him:

“We’re on a good growth; a good trajectory. Things are moving and as long as things keep moving up that’s all I can ask for.”

After things didn’t go exactly the way he’d planned the first time round with Kid British, Adio is clear on how he’ll continue Bipolar Sunshine’s push to the top of the music industry; reluctant to be pressured into doing it any other way than his own.

“I was more about just making sure that I was going to make music again that was something that I 100% like and it was on my terms.

“I thought that if I put out music that I was into and that I liked, then the right people will start to come on board and show interest. It’s nice that people are starting to shine towards it.”

After the release of debut EP Aesthetics caused a stir in June 2013, November’s release of his second EP Drowning Butterflies further cemented Bipolar Sunshine’s presence in the music industry. With a sound that Adio himself describes as “emotive, subtle and colourful,” the solo project has taken off as well as could be expected.

But, staying grounded, Adio knows that this is only the start of things to come:

“The highlight so far has been playing South by Southwest [because] it’s one of those festivals I’ve always wanted to play.

“To have the chance to play there, to play some really good shows, and to meet some really good people has just been an eye-opener of where I want to take Bipolar Sunshine.”

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ON TOUR: Demon Music writer Natalie Whitehouse with Bipolar Sunshine ahead of their Birmingham show last month

But first: cracking the UK. It’s now Adio’s second stint on the road touring the country as a solo artist, and he’s grateful for the positive reaction his songs have been receiving:

“It’s been amazing to be honest. The feedback has been good and I’ve received nice crowd reactions, I can’t complain!

“It is strange [going solo after being in a band]. I spent a lot of time with those guys and we’re good friends, but it’s good because we broke up at a time when we were all thinking the same thing and we all wanted to do something different musically.

“But we know that we’re all going to meet again at the top doing what we’re doing.”

Getting to Mars may be a stretch, but it’s clear that Bipolar Sunshine is set for big things here on Earth. The release of his debut LP is set for the end of 2014 in a year which will hopefully culminate in the success Adio deserves, and who knows, maybe a Will.i.am-esque stunt having his songs in space may be on the cards.


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