Multi-talented pianist, composer and producer Tokio Myers isn’t joking when he says the past 12 months have been “beyond anything” he could ever have imagined.
Some £250,000 in prize money for winning Britain’s Got Talent, his debut album which went straight into the top five, selling more than 60,000 copies in the process, plus an appearance at the Royal Variety Show cemented his reputation as one of 2017’s biggest breakthrough artists.
Such success, he says, has been “especially” gratifying for an instrumentalist.
“I don’t rap or sing,” the 33-year-old pianist from north London notes, ahead of his appearance at Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Saturday, April 28.
“I don’t think this is something I could have ever dreamt or planned for, so just to find myself here, with a top five album, is beyond anything.
“You’ve got solo piano tracks which are very much cinematic, like Polaroid and Limitless, and you’ve got To Be Loved which is drum and bass mixed with piano and then Children, the Robert Miles cover, and then Angel and Bloodstream – they’re all so different. I don’t think anyone’s put an album out like that before and that’s not just coming from me, that’s actually coming from the public and people who’ve been messaging.”
For tickets, priced from £26.95, visit sheffieldacademy.co.uk