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MUSIC: Dublin date for Tokio Myers one ho 2018

Sunday, 31st December, 2017 11:00am

AFTER captivating a nation’s hearts as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2017, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Tokio Myers, has announced his first ever UK and Irish tour next spring.

This will include a must-see Dublin show at the Olympia Theatre on Monday, April 30.

Tokio Myers is totally unique. He’s created a sound all his own, fusing an array of musical influences that have shaped him as an artist, ranging from classical and cinematic to hip-hop, dance and 90’s soul. 

Tokio grew up in North London before being awarded a coveted piano scholarship at the Royal College of Music.

A stint as a studio musician led to recording and touring with some of the biggest names in music including Amy Winehouse, The Police, Kanye West and Mr Hudson. 

Featuring a mix of original songs as well as innovative and inventive re-workings, ‘Our Generation’ includes the hypnotic original compositions ‘Baltimore’ and ‘To Be Loved’, plus ‘Bloodstream’, a cover of Rudimental and Ed Sheeran’s hit, The Weekend’s ‘Angel’ as well as ‘Children’ by the late Robert Miles.

"Instead of asking 'why?', we should be saying: 'why not?',” he believes. “That's always been my attitude, from when I was a small kid. I don’t recognise those so-called boundaries. In music, you can do anything you want."

As those remarks suggest, Tokio Myers isn't a person who is terribly bothered by convention

The multi-talented pianist, composer and producer, who stormed to victory on Britain's Got Talent earlier this year, is a man on a mission.

Fusing the classical music he fell in love with as a young child with the beats and textures of the dance music he immersed himself in during his teens, Tokio is a compellling example of what can happen when you throw away the rulebook.

An hour in his company is an inspiring and revitalising experience. Tokio talks about his upbringing, his musical journey and core beliefs, with infectious zeal and unapologetic passion.

The days when you needed to seek permission to go against the grain as an artist are gone, he argues. 

"I really do feel that the structural rigidity we grew up with is slowly melting away,” he states.

“Young people today are much more open-minded about music, and its infinite possibilities. People my age, we've had to un-condition ourselves, if you like. Kids now, though, they're approaching life, everything, in a completely different way."

Growing up in a household full of warmth and nurture, his childhood was also marked by the gang violence that dogged the north London streets he grew up among.

He believes that music kept him on the straight and narrow, and eventually ledhim away from the temptation of the streets.

and announcing the imminent release of his debut album ‘Our Generation’ on 

Tokio Myers is live at the Olympia Theatre on Monday, April 30.

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