He’s got a great career ahead of him’ – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6
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RELEASED MARCH 27TH, 2020
In just six months alternative Hip-Hop artist Hyphen has gathered quite the collection of accolades. Having seen support from London Evening Standard, Fubar Radio, BBC 6 Music and BBC Asian Network, Hyphen also appeared on Metro’s Mental Health podcast Mentally Yours, to share his battle with mental health. Now, Hyphen returns with another jazz infused anthem ‘Celebrate’, March 27th.
Hyphen has made quite a name for himself on the live music scene. Uniquely in the world of rap, Hyphen performs alongside a 6-piece live Jazz band. His iconic performances have led to him securing a slot at Reading and Leeds Festivals as well as BBC Introducing Live. Now in the semi-finals of auditions for 2020’s Isle of White Festival, Hyphen is set for another exciting year of live performances.
Using his music as a platform to maintain a conversation on mental health, Hyphen frequently finds solace in songwriting and is not afraid to address and share his personal aperture. Having single handedly raided over £6.5k for New Horizons a charity that works to alleviate homelessness in London. He also performed for Sanctus, a mental health charity, to raise awareness for depression in young men. Now, Hyphen is working with Young Minds, a charity which helps raise awareness for mental health issues in young people, and will be hosting talks at secondary schools in the UK to share his experiences.
Speaking more on the track, Hyphen explains: The world is an awful place. The news exists to terrify you, and I can’t think of a single person, regardless of political views, who likes any politicians. I personally spend a lot of time thinking how to be happy despite the harsh realities of life. I love how music can provide a respite when everything is going wrong. I wanted this song to be a celebration even when there is not that much to celebrate. The line I think which summarises the message of the song is ‘If we’re still alive, then we celebrate.’ Wars, protests, sports events and music are probably the only things that bring large groups of people together – music is the only one where most of the people in that context are happy. I wanted this song to help create that celebratory atmosphere.
Celebrate is set to release March 27th on all streaming platforms.
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