Today, we’re super excited to premiere the new single and video from Columbus, OH group Topher James and Biscuit Brigade. “Be The Proof” is from the 8-Bit Soul EP coming out on March 10th. The EP will be released with a custom made 8-Bit style video game created by Eric Breschneider and music produced by Benji Robinson aka Reptile Fiction.
Here’s what Topher James had to say about his influences and the story behind the song and video:`
With my band I like to focus on soul. Artists I really dig right now include Daley, .Anderson Paak, Miguel, Hiatus Kaiyote, Janelle Monae, and Adele. I’ve always been attracted to that half time beat, the bob your head groove and really great vocalists as well. With the song “Be The Proof” I wanted to try and write a bouncy, double-time, dance-able song that talked about my struggles with being a musician. I want to be the proof, meaning I want to show people that doing original music and making a living is truly possible. This is a theme that I explore a lot with my music, really questioning what success is and always just trying to be positive and creative and take myself and my music to the next level.
This video is a metaphor that only I can do what I can do, I’m irreplaceable, not in a cocky way but in a way that I should be proud of what makes me unique. My friend Kerry, who produced the video, and I came up with the idea just brainstorming. We wanted to do something funny and thought people auditioning to be me would be funny. We had a limited amount of people to call from because the day of the shoot was a big snow storm but everyone that showed up was stellar. Dale (the pizza guy in the video) plays trombone with me and he was just at the shoot as a friend and we ended up needing him and he did a great job. Sheryl came dressed in drag as me and I had no clue she was going to do that and it just really, I think, made the whole video, she was hilarious. I’d like to thank everyone who acted in the video and Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza for allowing us to use the space.