‘If there is one thing we love to emphasize here at HumanBeatbox.com, it’s this: beatbox is music. Ed Geater is a perfect example of how beatbox can be used in magically creative ways.’ – Human Beatbox
'Proving six strings and one brain can go a long way' - Louder Than War
'One of the West Midlands' most exciting talents' - BBC Introducing
'Stunning' - It's All Indie
'A truly unique sound' - Counteract
‘The pools of music influential to Ed Geater are varied at least, confusing at most: folk, electronica, hip-hop and alternative rock. However, the precision with which he prises elements from each genre and perfectly balances them embodies the unique sound of Ed Geater’ – Bab Mag
For Birmingham born singer-songwriter and beatboxer Ed Geater, rhythmical dexterity is complemented by lyrical prowess.
Growing up on a staple musical diet of alternative rock, folk and electronica, equally matching his love of classical music, Ed switched his primary childhood instrument from violin to guitar and pursued his love of song-writing, whilst harnessing his metronomic skills as a beatboxer.
Influenced by his obsession with ambient electronic artists such as Bonobo, Boards of Canada and Four Tet – Ed set out to create the same vivid and textural musical landscapes, but only using his organic vocal beats, acoustic guitar and loop station. The resulting sound is an electronic infused, pop-laden and folk inspired tapestry, with clear nods to revered songwriters such as Jeff Buckley and Ben Howard.
Whilst Ed creates this sound completely authentically live, without any sampling, when producing in the studio he is not afraid to weave in layers of sonic textures and bass lines into his acoustic arrangements, adding depth and richness to the end product.
After signing a management deal in late 2015, 2016 has been a year of real growth for Ed. After signing a non-exclusive recording deal with London based independent label Music Mandi, ‘Barriers EP’, spearheaded by lead single and video ‘Don’t Think’, was released in March. The EP received significant support from BBC Introducing including a live session at BBC WM’s headquarters in the Mailbox. This all lead to Ed’s first UK headline tour in June and appearances at national festivals including Cornbury and Beautiful Days.
2016 then stepped up another gear with Unseen EP, the second extended player to be released on Music Mandi, released on Friday 14th October. The hotly anticipated extended player will be lead by the house tinged pop banger ‘Symmetry’, the video for which was premiered on It’s All Indie’s website and the song was played at Villa Park, which was a special moment for Ed as a lifelong Aston Villa fan.
Unseen, which received rave reviews from Louder Than War, was supported by a headline show at the legendary Troubadour in London and a packed out EP Launch at Mama Roux’s in Birmingham, the show achieving strong critical reception from Counteract, Bab Mag and Brum Radio.
With 2016 the beginning of an exciting journey as a signed artist, the year has served as a period of real growth for Ed Geater. Momentum is being firmly established behind this uniquely talented musician as he moves forward into 2017 and beyond.
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