This feature is taken from our End of Summer season.

You may already be familiar with Adio Marchant. He's the former frontman of the now defunct six-piece Mancunian band KiD BRiTiSH. Originally a ska/reggae band, Marchant now goes by the name of Bipolar Sunshine and has switched to a more indie pop sound and a possibly a more (dare I say it?) "radio-friendly" sound.

Having made the move from up north to North London, Marchant reveals it was the "squared off tropical oasis" that played a part in staying in his current location. "It's beautiful; I kind of just go in there and escape. The first day I got here, it was quite late at night so I couldn't really see what was there. When i woke up in the morning I looked out and I was like 'Wow', it's like something out of Jurassic Park. It's like Jurassic Park in the middle of Finsbury Park!" He loved the location so much that he extended his stay permanently ("It was initially supposed to be for just six months.")

Like most northerners who decide to transition to the country's capital, Marchant appears to be enjoying London but misses the somewhat quieter solace of Manchester. "I'm enjoying it, I'm thriving in it! I'm fully taking to what it is. If you want to party every night and day then you can do that here. But if you're trying to find somewhere to escape... you've got to find that balance." And while his "tropical oasis" is his favourite place in London, back home in Manchester his favourite place is a little simpler. "Outside my first house, there was a massive field. It wasn't huge but it had a ramp on it that you could sit on and just chill out. I used to go there and hone my skills, MC or just listen to music. We'd all just gravitate to this area. We all used to just hang around there."

It was also here that his love for music was born; originally starting out as an MC having seen UK Garage legends Heartless Crew perform as a youngster before going on to university where he discovered a variety of new genres. "I saw Mighty Moe MC'ing and I was like 'This guy's sick!' That's what got me into MC'ing. I started off MC'ing just with friends, having a bit of fun. From there it spiralled into going to university and meeting people who were into all types of music that I probably would have never gotten into. Because that happened, it enabled me to find this niche and say 'this is what I want to do'" An unlikely source, Acid House interestingly also plays a big part in Marchant's musical influences. "It wasn't even that big but these kids on my estate used to always play it. They'd drive their car up and down this road on my estate playing the hardest Acid House, it was just mad. Kids would just start dancing in the street and people would go wild! Plus I thought they looked cool in the car and I wanted to be them because they got all the girls."

Musically, Bipolar Sunshine appears to be in the best possible shape. To date he's released three EPs and looks set to release a mixtape ahead of the first single from his long awaited debut album through his own label. "I'm working on a mixtape that's going to be the first launch of our label called Aesthetic Records. That's going to be myself and [producer] Jazz Purple, hopefully that will be out sometime soon, then a couple more singles will come. But it just feels good to put be able to put out music while we're still working on the album."

Earlier this year, his single 'Where Did The Love Go' was added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist, skipping past the usual 1Xtra barrier. Marchant doesn't find this discouraging, however. He seems to understand that his music doesn't fit into their remit and seem just genuinely happy to be receiving radio support. "There's nothing you can do if a station that serves for black music doesn't play your music! [laughs].That's not to say they shouldn't or won't in later days or they have to get used to it. I have to do certain things to hit their demographic of what they're trying to achieve... I think you've got to just try your best to make the best music you can and forget the whole black or white thing. Good music will always stand the test of time."


However he seems to question whether their intentions are indeed genuine and whether BBC Radio 1Xtra is really out to support "black music." "I think there's a spot of black music that we're forgetting that's slightly more on the alternative side. I don't think it's being catered for in any particular way. We've got the 1Xtra's and I thought that was going to help that but I don't really see many of those artists. I think to cut the argument, they need to just change the name, just say it's "urban music" and get rid of the "black music" thing because I don't really think it's representing that. Maybe "urban music" a better title for a station like 1Xtra to have because then it just cuts the argument of saying 'We're trying to go for black music' when it's not all black music that they're trying to represent."

Later this year, Bipolar Sunshine heads out on a UK tour, which includes a stop at the legendary Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. "That's going to be massive. I've supported a few acts there before but you get to play more songs when it's your own show and that's what I enjoy the most, getting to play more music!" His live sets have already earned him the attention of festival organisers, having already played Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Parklife this summer. "It was such a beautiful experience. When you're asked to play Glasto, that's already a great statement, it shows we're moving in the right direction. I got such a great turnout from people that were just enjoying it, getting down with the music and really catching the vibe and starting to understand where I'm coming from." With that, his outlook for the remainder if 2014 is full of optimism. "I want to keep things growing, moving and to enjoy making the music! I think by God's grace, that I'll keep making the music and a lot of things will be happening for me and I just want to take it as it comes and maintain putting out good music. I feel like if you put out good music constantly then the right things will come to you."

This feature is taken from our End of Summer season.