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Riks began his career as a solo artist, performing locally. He has since built a large internet following, attracting more than 60 million hits and 70,000 subscribers across social media websites including YouTube and Facebook.
More TV appearances followed, and in 1995 while filming Who Do You Do for Sky TV Riks was approached by the Manager representing the 1960s band The Rockin' Berries, who enlisted him as their front man. Riks then toured the world for five years, working venues throughout Europe, Hong Kong and the Middle East.
Riks returned to his solo career, launching his self-written one-man performance "The Stevie Riks Show" in 2000. Over the next few years, he toured clubs and theatres. In his career, he has performed at some the United Kingdom’s most prestigious venues - including Wembley Arena, London's Grosvenor House Hotel, The Café Royal and The Savoy as well as appearing in The Ken Dodd Laughter Show and Ricky Tomlinson's Variety Show.
Riks entered the world of the internet in 2006 and established his presence on YouTube.
Also in 2008 Riks worked with Bob Mortimer of Pett Productions, writing and performing on the ITV programme The All Star Impressions Show. He portrayed Paul McCartney, Paul O'Grady, Tommy Robinson[disambiguation needed], Noel Gallagher, Russell Brand and Tom Jones for ITV.
Riks is additionally a voice-over artist, providing celebrity and character vocals for clients including Virgin Radio, Opera Telecom, Alton Towers (character voices), Flamingo Land Resort as well as radio voice-over work and international radio advertisements.
Career detail and highlights
In May 2016, Stevie Riks' vocals on his take of David Bowie singing "My Way" - Bowie's attempt to write the song for Frank Sinatra and re-creating it on "Life on Mars?" - were featured around the world - on the air, online and in print - by newspapers and trade magazines including Rolling Stone, NME and Billboard. The confusion caused in the music world began with Riks' vocals being replaced by pictures of Bowie on a YouTube video by an unknown source, credited as Bowie’s "newly discovered, unreleased music" and had to be subsequently retracted by the media outlets.
Also in 2016, Riks recorded several video comedy sketches on the streets of London with world-famous Producer/ cameraman Tony Briggs for Comedy Central.
Riks hosted "The Liverpool Beatles Matthew Street Festival" from 2009 through 2012, where he compered and performed as John, Paul, George and Ringo. He has branded himself as "The One-Man Beatles" as his video impersonations incorporate each of The Beatles together, as well as individually.
Riks currently performs at The Greenroom in Liverpool.
Riks is additionally an avid animal rights activist who's taken part in protests to protect wildlife and spends his free time advocating for animals as well as creating pastel and other artwork of the rock and pop personalities he respects and impersonates.
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