Beloved UK Soulsmith, Phat Boy and Funkateer Greg Blackman is best known for his uniquely versatile voice, his passionate approach to his subject matter (wether that be life, love, social upheaval or just having fun) and his memorable hooks. He has been drafted in by the likes of DJ Vadim, Daz I Kue, Moquee, Herbgrinder, Featurecast, Renegades Of Jazz and Nightmares On Wax for his always in demand vocal swagger and has appeared on releases from BBE, Tokyo Dawn, Jalapeno and Bombstrikes.
His songs have been played on MTV and featured on the NME website, played on the Craig Charles Funk & Soul show on BBC 6 Music and reviewed in Blues & Soul Magazine. With more and more material from his extensive backlog being released and new material being cooked in his Soul Kitchen all the time, it’s looking like 2014 will be The Year where Greg Blackman is placed among his contemporaries as one of the UK’s finest Blue Eyed Soul Voices.
Steve Bird AKA Mr Bird is originally from Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK, but in 2009 decided to follow his heart, spread his wings and jumped ship and moved to sunny Lisbon in Portugal, still looking for that perfect beat…
Spending his formative years between playing guitar in bands, dancing in forests, recording vampire films onto a Tascam 4 tack cassette recorder and studying music technology and production, Steve has always been heavily into music. He released 2 albums on the Brighton based labels Frequent Sounds and Hertz Recordings, and on the strength of the 1st album was invited to record a session for John Peel at the BBC Maida Vale Studios in 2002.
Since moving to Lisbon and having the chance to get into music production full time, Steve has been remixing and collaborating with singers, producers and musicians worldwide and writing original music for TV, documentaries and theatre and DJ’ing at bars and clubs in Lisbon. Steve has always been into a wide variety of music, and this has been distilled over the years in to the Mr Bird sound, always an ear for a catchy melody with strong hooks, a mixed blend of soul, funk and hip hop beats.
Steve has started a third label called Fat Bird Sounds in the summer of 2012 and recently had his third album ‘Bird bird bird’ released on the new Dublin based Vital Force label.