Bicep flexes its vocal muscles
Remember when you were young and carefree and had nothing better to do than daydream about being a rock star? Bicep pretty much started out that way, except it happened to be a bunch of kids in Belfast, Ireland obsessing over disco, house and techno.
From a shared fascination to actually making noise on the UK's underground house scene (and beyond), Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar continue their rapid ascent as two of the biggest names manning the turntables. They've landed residencies at Space Ibiza and The Warehouse Project, and continue to rrun a website called www.feelmybicep.com that started as a joke back in 2008.
Who's laughing at Bicep now? Their first 12" on Citizen Kane's Ghost Town Records sold out within a week of going on sale. Their debut on New York's Throne of Blood Records was one of the most downloaded trcks on xlr8r.com, topped the charts on boomkat.com, and made many 'favorites' lists over at Beats in Space.
Bicep remains busy producing original music (like the summer smash "$tripper) and DJing around Europe, Asia, and North America. They told Mixmag that their continued success has made them independent, both financially and creatively. They spent a good chunk of time working on their label and cutting tracks, and otherwise making the fans dance, dance, dance. They also rolled through the summer of 2014 playing hot spots like Hideout, Movement 2014, The Garden Festival, Lost & Sound, Farr Festival, Dekmantel Festival, South West Four 2014, the Bestival and many more.
Bicep also has tour dates nailed through the spring and summer of 2015. They're playing the Fngrs Crssed x Crssd Festival in San Diego (March 19) and Prototype 005 at Lot 613 in Los Angeles (March 20) before returning to the UK. The In fact, the band has events booked all the way through July and a special date on the calendar in September at Festival No. 6 at Portmeirion, West + Wales.
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