Between 2014 and 2018, a mysterious artist named WEIRDO released some tracks sporadically online. Each track received a great amount of press and buzz but who was this WEIRDO?
It is the creative project of Josh Christopher, formerly of electronic pop outfit IYES and his ‘bedroom studio’ project.
The first release was a demo called ‘Disco’. Majestic Casual posted the track on their popular YouTube channel to much acclaim, then silence… Nothing. The WEIRDO had done a disappearing act.
2016 arrived, WEIRDO returned, and released a debut single called ‘Butter’, a quirky odd-pop track which hit #1 on HumanHuman, entering various Spotify and Apple Music playlists (including Fresh Finds and Best of the Week) and receiving plays on BBC Radio 1. The second release that year was ‘Armanio’, which was more of a dirty lo-fi motown-inspired number and was premiered by Pigeons and Planes to then hit the Hype Machine #1 spot – sparking more support from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac who listed the band in her May 2016 ‘New Names’ on her daily show. The next release ‘Attitude’, a more rocky track, was on Spotify’s New Music Friday whilst Huw Stephens took the band under his wing with BBC Radio 1 plays and an addition to a BBC Introducing playlist. ‘Sapphire’, a fourth release which felt like an 80s-influenced love ballad, was premiered on W Magazine, a US based fashion website powered by Condé Nast.
There has been more silence since 2016. Busy with his job to pay the rent, and whilst putting his creative career on the side to develop other artists, Christopher lost the trail of time.
The year 2019 is here, and Christopher is not only launching his own label, but also has an EP and Album, set for release in 2020.
Is this the return of the WEIRDO? Let’s see.