Hailing from the much-maligned town of Slough – a cultural cauldron 20 minutes West of London – Byron is an artist whose wickedly descriptive lyrics have illuminated the gloom of the grey English landscape since he began treading his own path as a solo artist. After 5 successful years as part of hip hop collective Nine High – which produced 2 mixtapes, an album & an Australian tour supporting Ghostface Killah & The Game in some of Melbourne’s most legendary venues – Byron chose to return to England and pursue his true goal – recognition & respect on ‘home soil’.

Since then there has been debut mixtape “Jack Of None” that was supported heavily by BBC 1xtra’s Ras Kwame & DJ Target – who made the ‘New Day’ feat Emeli Sande his World Exclusive Record of the Week in late 2010. Then followed 140bpm-led project “Deep Lyrics/Dirty Beats” – released in 3 parts through the UK’s leading youth broadcaster SBTV – which hit impressive download figures and single “Thank You” produced by long-term collaborator Chris Loco (Rita Ora, Leona Lewis) was also supported by a host of DJ’s on 1xtra and Choice FM. The project culminated in the 3rd installment including street single “Secrets” feat UK legends Dot Rotten & Ghetts which was picked up by none other than BBC Radio1’s Zane Lowe, as well as Kiss 100’s Grime aficionado DJ Logan Sama amongst others. Byron also supported The Milk on tour throughout the south of the UK, the final gig being a sell-out at Hammersmith Apollo. A spate of high quality visuals followed in association with award-winning company Kissinggate Productions, and the creation of the animated video for ‘Secrets’ with Quenched Music (Channel 4, Skins).

2013 has begun in earnest with the release of “Sunshine Music” – a feature-free body of work created closely with Chris Loco, released through the aforementioned – that promises to be the perfect accompaniment to the sunshine…or the perfect remedy for the gloom.

Written by: Ben Tallon

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