While a talent show like Britain’s Got Talent is not something I’d normally watch, this year’s edition had a nice departure from the acts one tends to expect.
A person’s essence comes through when they put their all into what they are doing, and with this 32-year old from West London, that essence shines brightly through.
Tokio Myers delivered performance after performance that was unexpected and refreshing. The best part of it all is that once you take away the production level and the lights and all of the pageantry added to a talent show like this, Tokio at his core delivers talent through a fusion of classic and contemporary styles.
How many artists out there will deliver classical training on a piano with beat production that you might expect from an up-and-coming producer in the hip-hop/grime/pop world?
I lied earlier about the best part about Tokio Myers. It’s not that he is such a talented individual, it’s that he has stayed true to his vision and to himself. He genuinely enjoys what he is creating, and he is always challenging himself to try something new.
That kind of commitment is what people are always asking for, and now that an artist is delivering it, there’s not as much buzz as one might think there would be for someone delivering what music listeners are always asking for. Music fans ask for something new, yet familiar. Something they haven’t heard before, but at the same time strikes a chord that they were in search of with other artists.
Music fans, in general, are fickle and demanding, and despite all of that, here is an artist who provides something fresh and yet what I have been waiting for for quite some time.
The two videos linked above hopefully have grabbed your attention and inspired you in some form or fashion. However, his final performance (spoiler alert: that helped him win, by the way) has to be given your full and undivided attention:
The composition of this track—the choir singers, the beats played, and of course, the piano playing (not to mention the transitions from piano to drums back to piano) meshed so well together. In addition to the composition being effortlessly integrated, the feeling of hearing a cinematic score never quite leaves you in this composition or the two previously shared; that’s essential because Tokio creates artwork that everyone listening can interpret in terms of what kind of cinematic visuals pop up in their heads.
There are really few musical acts in the world that create something so vivid to your ears and yet allow freedom to the listeners to interpret what they can picture those sounds being accompanied with. I might not have listened to all of the music on this planet, but from what I’ve heard, that’s something that you don’t come across every day.
Myers doesn’t have to be your all-time favorite artist, or even your top five. But with the kind of music that is being made popular thanks in part to streaming services and music charts, he’s worth a listen or two.
I’d almost be willing to bet that’s all it would take to have you hear what I hear when listening to this fantastic musician.