Following a social-media appeal, Westport musician Uppbeat has announced the release date for his much-antipated new single, ‘2020’: Friday, January 10.
The hiphop artist, whose real name is Finn Costelloe, took to Facebook and Instagram last Friday asking fans to share news of the upcoming single before he announced the date. He explained that he had been working on the track with acclaimed Irish DJ and record producer John Gibbons, who told him that if the post were shared 250 times, they would release the single within a week. Fans happily obeyed, and the date was duly announced.
The singer said that ‘2020’ is the first track he’s ever had signed to a label, so its release is a really big deal for him. “This song marks the start of a new chapter and a new sound … I’m no longer specifically a hiphop artist, I’m just an artist and I will make that more clear as the year goes on,” he added. “This is a moment I will always remember and I’m really grateful for everyone who has been a part of getting me to this point.”
Over the past year or so, Uppbeat has been making big waves in the vibrant Irish music scene. He has packed out prestigious venues in Dublin like Whelan’s and The Grand Social, while his music has won critical acclaim in Hot Press and elsewhere. He also performed at Westival – Westport Music and Arts Festival last October.
Reviewing his earlier track ‘Hold Me Close’ in Hot Press, impressed critic Selina Juengling wrote: “In today’s time, traditional (or toxic) masculinity becomes more and more questionable and is challenged day by day. Uppbeat’s new song and music video is a testament to that much needed change of social structures … ‘Hold Me Close’ sheds light on the difficulties men face towards showing affection to their fathers, brothers, uncles and any other men in their lives. It discusses just how dangerous it can be when pride gets in the way.”
Uppbeat’s new song, ‘2020’ follows on from his earlier single, ‘Broken’ (featuring Aaron J), which was released in October. It will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and all streaming platforms from Friday.