At 39 years old, Bipolar Sunshine has this physical status:
Marchant was born and raised in Manchester, the son of Jamaican parents who separated when he was still young. In 2007, he co-founded and contributed vocals in the six-piece Kid British. The band went on to have a moderately successful career and released five EPs between 2009 and 2012 before splitting with a final farewell gig in Manchester in December 2012.
He was influenced by funk band Sly & The Family Stone, Bass Player, Bootsy Collins, Genesis Drummer Phil Collins, & 90s Rock Bands Such as Linkin Park, t.A.T.u, Radiohead, AC/DC & Metallica. His debut solo EP as Bipolar Sunshine, Aesthetics, was produced/co-written with Jazz Purple and released in June 2013, with the lead track "Rivers" becoming iTunes' 'free single of the week'. His next EP Drowning Butterflies followed in November 2013 and featured the single "Love More Worry Less".
In 2014, Bipolar Sunshine embarked on A Dream for Dreamer's Tour in the UK, with his London show at XOYO sold out 5 weeks in advance. He released two singles: "Where Did the Love Go" produced by Jazz Purple which was featured on BBC Radio 1's playlist and "Deckchairs on the Moon" which charted at no. 85 in the UK Singles Sales Chart also produced by Jazz Purple and no. 93 in the UK Downloads Chart. He appeared at Blissfields festival and headlined Shepherd's Bush Empire.
His song "Daydreamer" was used in BBC One's 2015 trailer. The track became arguably his most successful single to date, peaking at no. 67 in the UK Downloads Chart and no. 129 in the main UK Singles Chart in February 2015. He supported The Courteeners at their gig at Manchester's Heaton Park and performed at Kendal Calling in July 2015. He contributed vocals on DJ Snake's popular 2016 single "Middle".
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