Ian Britt

Ian Britt Ian Britt

Ian Britt is a Sheffield based, singer songwriter who picked up the guitar at a young age because he wanted to be Michael J Fox in "Back to the Future".

Ian bothered his mother until she bought him a guitar to complete his fixation, having already got the skateboard and the haircut. (Ian even have the Flux Capacitor tattooed on his wrist.)

He doodled on the guitar until he got really quite good on it, even studying some classical whilst at school. He went from Cream and Hendrix to Paul Simon and Talking Heads, Van Halen to Rage Against the Machine to Red Hot Chilli Peppers then a bit of Hip Hop. 

After bashing guitars in bands, Ian went on to study music in Manchester after not really having any idea what I was to do in life & having no other discernible interest or ability.  Ian achieved first degree honours without doing much more than drinking himself stupid for three years. On the back of this “educational” focus on music, Ian recorded some demos which got him signed to London based label Jalapeño Records who released his debut album, 'One Day I' in 2005.

'One Day I' made it to number 2 in the iTunes folk charts; the lead single came 2nd place for record of the week at BBC Radio 2 (Damien Rice got top slot) and it saw Ian play showcases at BBC Radio One Live Weekend as well as the world renowned industry music festival South by South West in Texas.

After  the mild fervour of the album died down, the label and Ian “went their separate ways” and the hard, lonely, thankless graft years of seriously honing, developing and performing as an independent artist began.

Over a year or so, Ian self-recorded tracks in various tiny bedrooms which were whittled down into a follow up EP called “Big Light”.  He had also begun regularly touring Holland, something that has since carried on throughout and with mounting success. Then, in 2008 Ian's manager, who’d helped put all this success in motion, suffered a heart attack and passed away.

After all that effort and turbulence, more than ever, Ian was itching to move on and officially released 'BOX' independently in summer 2011. 'BOX' had numerous tracks on synced for TV; a Gray’s Anatomy indent for Channel 5, Aussie soap show Neighbours, numerous appearances on Hollyoaks, and a major mobile phone advert in Russia, setting the trend for Ian's music being a hit with TV music executives and bringing in new fans all the while.

In 2012 there was a huge influx of American & Canadian fans after the song 'The Shape of Us' was featured in a poignant scene in 'Parenthood'.  As a result, the various YouTube uploads of the song have exceeded 100,000 views and thousands have downloaded the track.

Ian's work has also  been used in 'The Real L Word', 'The Real World' and 'Keeping Up The Kardashians' and in the UK tracks have been used on Hollyoaks over 70 times in 12 months.

Since 'BOX', Ian has released a number of singles as well as further touring in the UK, Holland and Germany. A live album, 'Mezzalive', was recorded in 2012 in Holland to showcase the strength of his live performances and make some of the on-the-road favourites available to growing fan requests.

Early 2013 saw the release of 'Understood' EP, mixed in the renowned Sheffield studios 2Fly (Alan Smythe, Arctic Monkeys) as Ian begins to focus more on recording his music. Understood was initially released on beautifully handcrafted, limited edition CDs that sold out in 4 days.

This was followed by the next EP, 'In Mind',  which was recorded with well known Sheffield producer Tim Hampton (Bromheads), the tracks show stunning compositions with fresh new production directions as well as some wonderfully stripped back tracks.

Ian's next single 'Heatless Man' will be available on the 22 September.

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