Alex Day

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Alex Day
Alex Day ChartJackers gig for Children in Need.jpg
Alex Day in 2009
Background information
Birth name Alex Richard George Day
Also known as Nerimon
Born (1989-04-08) 8 April 1989 (age 25)
Origin Hornchurch, Essex, UK
Genres Synthpop, folk, acoustic, electronic
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, writer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, ukulele, bass, keyboard, drums, appalachian dulcimer
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts Chameleon Circuit, Sons of Admirals
Website alexdaymusic.com

Alex Richard George Day[1][dead link](born 8 April 1989) is a musician, vlogger and writer from Essex, England.[2][3] Day has released three studio albums, two EPs, and had three UK Top 40 hits—"Forever Yours" at No. 4, "Lady Godiva" at No. 15 and "Stupid Stupid" at No. 25.[4][5][6] Alex's song "Forever Yours" is currently top in Guinness World Records for highest-charting single by an unsigned artist. He appears in the 2014 Edition Guinness World Records.[7] Day is credited with pioneering a new style of releasing and distributing music and his YouTube channel[8] has received more than 1,000,000 subscribers and over 130 million views.[6][8] His first book, provisionally titled The Underground Storyteller, is due to be released in July 2014.[9]

Personal life

Alex Richard George Day was born in Essex, England. Day grew up in Essex, where he started his YouTube channel, nerimon, in 2006. Day attended university but never received his degree, instead treating his independent music and video blogging as a full-time profession. Day used to live with friend and collaborator Charlie McDonnell.[10] Alex Day is an atheist. Alex announced on 14 February (Valentine's Day) 2014 that he has been dating fellow YouTuber Carrie Hope Fletcher since October 2013, although Fletcher announced their break-up via Twitter in March 2014.[11]

In 2014 Day admitted to having previously engaged in "manipulative relationships" with some women, saying "[t]he model of consent that I followed ... was that only, 'no' meant, 'no'. That is not what consent is."[12]

Life and career

Musical debut: 2008–2010

Day first became interested in music in 2005 when he bought an electric guitar at the age of 15.[13] He started his YouTube account one year later on 4 August 2006.[13][14] In 2008, Day founded Chameleon Circuit, a Trock (short for "timelord rock") band that wrote music inspired by the British TV show Doctor Who.[15][16][17] In June 2009, the band released its first self-titled album by YouTube musicians' record label DFTBA Records and a second album Still Got Legs in July 2011.[18] Wired noted that Chameleon Circuit "puts out titles that could pass for chart-toppers – if they weren't excessively nerdy in the subject matter department."[19]

Day released his debut album Parrot Stories in April 2009 through DFTBA Records,[20] which was produced by fellow musician and friend Tom Milsom. This was then followed by an EP, 117% Complete, in March 2010 which contained songs referencing various video games such as Pokémon.[21] His second album, The World Is Mine (I Don't Know Anything), was released in June 2010 contained a more electronic-Dance sound than his previous folk album. To ensure he did not alienate his fans of his debut album, Day released an EP of acoustic songs, Soup Sessions: Acoustic, in November 2010 which contained newly recorded acoustic versions of half the songs on the album.[22][23]

Epigrams & Interludes: 2011–2013

For Christmas 2011, Day released his single "Forever Yours," which reached No. 4 in the UK Singles chart after selling over 50,000 copies in one week.[24] Day released the single without support from a record label or TV coverage, and beat out songs from multi-platinum artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, and Katy Perry.[24][25] The Official Charts Company lauded Day's success, stating " 'Forever Yours' is certainly one of the most successful self-released tracks we have ever seen, the Official Charts are based on sales, and sales alone, so Alex's achievements this week are a genuine reflection of the passion of his army of fans, and of course, the power of social media."[26] Day also released 11 alternate versions of "Forever Yours", which he confirmed that all sales revenue made from the alternate versions would be going to charity, chiefly to World Vision.[27]

Sample of the song "Forever Yours" by Alex Day, which made it to No. 4 in the UK Singles chart after selling over 50,000 copies.

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On 1 April 2012, Day released his second single, "Lady Godiva", a cover of the 1966 Peter and Gordon song. The single was Day's first to get a physical release in UK record stores following a one-single distribution arrangement with HMV and other stores.[4][5] Within its first week of release, the song charted at No. 15; Day's second UK Top 20 hit.[28] The song also charted in 15 other countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Sweden, Norway, and Spain as well as reaching No. 1 in Slovenia.[29] In May 2012, Day released three singles—"Good Morning Sunshine", "She Walks Right Through Me", and "This Kiss"—on a single day, selling nearly 150,000 copies.[30][31] This "disruptive" model largely ignored the conventional method of releasing one single every few months, and its success was profiled in MTV and Billboard.[32][33][34]

Day has received millions of views for his music by releasing music videos on YouTube, with his most popular being the 2011 single "Forever Yours", whose music video reached 1.5 million views in its first week of release.[35][36] On 16 December 2012, he attempted to break a world record with his song "Stupid Stupid". The song later peaked on UK charts at No. 25. In order to promote the single, Day held a one day tour entitled Stupidfest, which was free for entry.[37]

Epigrams and Interludes

Day released his third album entitled Epigrams and Interludes on 17 March 2013. It contains all his previously released singles since "Forever Yours".[38][39] He also released a music video for 'I've Got What It Takes' starring Tom Ridgewell, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Khyan Mansley.[40] The album debuted at No. 2 on the UK iTunes charts, beating Justin Timberlake's release The 20/20 Experience.[41]

Day partnered with the file sharing service BitTorrent for an exclusive bundle with the release of Epigrams and Interludes. The package was downloaded over 1 million times in the first week of release.[42]

Day ended the year taking part in the annual You Tube video You Tube Rewind.

Other Work

YouTube

Day has been described as "one of Britain's most popular YouTubers."[43][44] He created his first YouTube channel, nerimon, as a teenager making videos in his bedroom, stating, "I was making a video podcast to entertain family and friends – just a little comedy series."[43] Day produced a popular series of humorous videos entitled "Alex Reads Twilight," in which he read and critically analysed the popular young-adult novel Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. The videos have received 14 million views.[45] Day has denied ever continuing the series on with an 'Alex Reads New Moon' but released a somewhat spiritual sequel in 2013 entitled The Dolphin Diaries where he reads the non-fictional diary of a woman called Margaret as she attempts to teach a dolphin to speak English.[46]

Day also received international attention for his video entitled 'Alex and Liam Do Walmart' in which he visited his first ever Walmart megastore alongside fellow YouTubers and Chameleon Circuit band members, Liam Dryden and Michael Aranda. CBS called the titular v-loggers 'delightfully confused,'[47] while the Huffington Post described the video as possibly providing detail into American Pop Culture, placing a poll at the end of their article.[48]

Amongst these, Day's YouTube channel contains travel vlogs, music videos and satirical rants.

As of Tuesday 3 December 2013, he has over 1,000,000 subscribers and his videos have been watched over 100,000,000 times.[8]

Television

Day was a featured artist on the BBC Two reality show Chartjackers in 2009.[49] Chartjackers challenged four YouTube video producers to write, record and release a pop song in ten weeks, using YouTube as a tool to get lyrics and singers,[50] with the proceeds going to the BBC Children in Need charity.[51] The completed single, entitled "I've Got Nothing", was sung by vocalists Miranda Chartrand and Adam Nichols, and was released worldwide through the iTunes Store on 9 November 2009. It was reviewed with varying degrees of approval by various media outlets, including The Times,[52] Yahoo! Music's James Masterton,[53] BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog[54] and Popjustice.[55] The song peaked at No. 36 on the UK Singles Chart[56] and raised almost £10,000 for Children in Need.[57]

Day also appeared with the Chartjackers at the Hammersmith Apollo for the BBC Switch Live 2009 show, along with artists such as Black Eyed Peas, N-Dubz, and Pixie Lott.[58][59] Day was also a member of Youstage, an ad-hoc group of YouTube vloggers who competed successfully on the BBC Three talent show Upstaged during March 2008.[60][61]

Other media

Day has presented a weekly comedy podcast with fellow vlogger James Hill (known as jimmy0010 on YouTube) called VaguelyLiveRadio. This podcast featured strange news stories, magazine articles, stories from their day-to-day lives and general conversations between the two hosts. The show has also spawned a range of segments such as Jimmy's Random Wikipedia Page of the Week, Boredom Busters, and Alex's Life Tips.

The show has spanned three seasons. Day or Hill have not announced the show's cancellation, however a fourth season has not been announced either.

Day has also announced that he has completed work on his first book, with the working title The Underground Storyteller,[62] which is about the London Underground. It is twelve chapters in length and, after Day received a publishing deal in January 2014, will be published in July 2014.[9][9]

Reception

Day's "disruptive distribution" strategy has been lauded as "the future of music."[6][30] He is noted as one of the most successful and popular YouTubers in Britain.[43] Day has been profiled on BBC and CNN and in world publications like Forbes, The Guardian and Holy Moly.

Discography

  • Parrot Stories (2009)
  • 117% Complete (2010)
  • The World Is Mine (I Don't Know Anything) (2010)
  • Soup Sessions: Acoustic (2010)
  • Epigrams and Interludes (2013)[38]

References

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