- 16 Nov 20
An ambitious rapper from the West of Ireland, his debut single 'Embers' set the tone for his successive releases in 2017.
The soon-to-be anthem fusing his hiphop, punk and pop influences into one; assisted by acclaimed producers John Gibbons and Fob.
'Tin Can Man' was written in Uppbeat's childhood bedroom during lockdown after finishing the Skins series, with inspiration from The Wizard of Oz.
“Without being cliche, I was watching an episode of Skins - which is like what I do to get away from my thoughts and ground myself basically because growing up. Skins is how my life was in reality and it reminds me how messed up certain things were and who I am and where I come from basically, and how I have a responsibility to tell the story of those people who I feel don’t really get seen or heard.”
“The song itself is about just the way my mind messes with me," Uppbeat adds.
"I don’t think I have any literal mental illnesses but my mind just messes with me so much. I don’t have a reason to be unhappy but yet I spend so much of my time feeling upset and embodying other people's pain and anxiety. That's what the song is about.”
Between multiple number ones in the Irish chart and Track of the Week on RTE 2fm, it has been a consistently positive foundation year for Uppbeat.
His September 2019 single 'Hold Me Close' shed light on the difficulties men face towards showing affection to their fathers, brothers, uncles and any other men in their lives.
The song is a cry for help as the mental health of Irish men and women deteriorates and the importance of compassionate role models becomes more and more significant.
His previous single 'Tsunami' has reached over 45,000 listeners on Spotify and was described as an “underground hit” by Shane McAuley of Soul Doubt.
Uppbeat has also been featured in Townlands Carnival, Make a Move Festival and Other Voices.
Listen to the new track 'Tin Can Man' below: