FRESH: ‘Fakin’ – Weirdo

Weirdo is not “Fakin'”

British artist Weirdo’s new dark pop gem, “Fakin'”, is a catchy, ironic, simple yet rather cut-deep track that eludes prowess and sincerity throughout. WEIRDO explains and defines his past experiences lyrically and sonically. Driving drums and dirty synths push forward the lo-fi vocals which hail both sarcasm and true meaning. As he explains: “Fakin’ is a song I wrote about the world we live in, the people that surround us and the complexities of the modern age. I spent way too much time with and around materialistic people who were in denial of it and once I spent some time alone in thinking mode, I realised that honesty seems a thing of the past for many people nowadays”.

The accompanying music video to the track is a stunning depiction of modern-day social issues by film director Lubos Rezler and DOP Filip Marek. The main character shows someone who builds his life on materialism and social status, yet behind closed doors is broken, hollow and empty. As director Lubos Rezler tells us: “This short story portrays a dark side of an online influencer. He desires a lot of attention from his followers and people around him. Surrounded by luxury and armored with a bold image, he carefully builds his own fake kingdom full of digital dreams. However as it turns out, being the most popular person isn’t always the best outcome”.

The latest BBC Radio 1 fan seems to be Jack Saunders who’s played both of the latest singles on his Radio 1’s Indie Show, and with new support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, Amazing Radio, a slot in Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Pop playlist, and online outlets such as Vice, Wonderland, Complex, Hypebeast, and EARMILK talking about it, alongside another #1 Hype Machine, WEIRDO has proven he is not just a flash in the pan.

When WEIRDO first emerged from the studio a few years back, he started out by releasing a demo called “Disco” on Majestic Casual’s YouTube channel which quickly spun up a fuss and amassed more than 1 million plays, he then disappeared. After some studio time and then re-emerging from the silence, he released “Butter” and “Armanio”, two quirky singles which both received No.1’s on Hype Machine and Human Human whilst entering various Spotify and Apple Music playlists.

With the track “Sapphire”, he collaborated with some friends; on drums played by Debbie Knox-Hewson (Charli XCX, Nasty Cherry) and bass played by Pierre Leck. Renowned photographer James Perolls took pictures for the release. Annie Mac announced WEIRDO in her New Names playlist on her BBC Radio 1 show whilst it was also included in the BBC Introducing Best Of playlist, by his newest fan Huw Stephens. After hitting a creative block and focusing on “the normal life” for some time, the non-conformist returned in 2020 with two singles, “Eurotrash” and “Fakin'”, both minimal, sly electronic pop tracks that shone and reignited the flame of media buzz.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!