Meet the Family

Although a brand new project, each member boasts respectable solo careers and followings, with decades of experience collectively.

OFFBEAT

Defined by Webster’s dictionary as “Different from the ordinary, usual or expected”, rapper Offbeat more than lives up to his name. Fusing Hip Hop vocals with Electro Swing inspired beats, he has quickly carved a niche for himself and gained recognition from fans of both genres.

 

With a style that has been described as “Mike Skinner meets Will from the Inbetweeners”, Offbeat’s trademark humour and lighthearted lyrics perfectly encapsulate the fun and upbeat energy of the Swing-inspired instrumentals over which he raps, resulting in a truly original and feel good sound.

 

Offbeat (AKA ‘The Swingpin’) is the front man of The Swinghoppers and hosts the show with a vibrancy and warmth that enable him to connect with an audience and ensure they have as good a time as he’s having.

PYE

Pye has been Beatboxing and hosting on stages for over 12 years; supporting acts such as Rahzel, The Chicken Brothers and KRS-One, while collaborating with groups including Ushti Baba, The Infinite Collective and The Dutty Moonshine Big Band.

 

Since reaching the quarter finals of the 2015 UK Beatbox Championships he has been hightailing it all over the country, performing to 1000s of partygoers at festivals, nightclubs and (bizarrely) an award winning festival shed.

 

His beatboxing is performative and musical spanning Hip Hop, Ghetto Funk and Drum n’ Bass. His hosting is high energy and exciting, delivered with confidence and professionalism. From head-bopping to jaw-dropping the PieMan live show is something that has to be seen to be believed.

SHARLEENA RAY

Sharleena Ray is the leading lady of The Swinghoppers and provides a sweet and soulful contrast to the boys’ more aggressive styles.

 

Named after a Frank Zappa song, Sharleena is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has more than lived up to her namesake. Immersing herself in the array of influences of her hometown of London, Sharleena has lent her vocals to classic big bands and jazz ensembles, electronic DJ production teams, traditional Folk, Country and Blues groups, and even Cuban Hip-Hop and Nigerian ‘Yorubeat’ bands.

 

With a foremost love of Gospel music and harmony, she has also shared stages as a choir member for high-profile names such as Bobby McFerrin, Alice Russell and ESKA (Eska Mtungwazi). More recently, she became a choir ma’am herself, founding Bristol’s Voices From The Rave Choir for whom she was Music Director, arranger and leader.

 

Sharleena gained a Classical Music Degree from the prestigious Goldsmiths College University during which time she was tutored in voice by renowned Scottish soprano, Nan Christie.

EXTENDED FAMILY

ODD CHAP

New Zealand based producer Odd Chap is the man behind the music and has made all of the instrumentals for The Swinghoppers’ debut E.P. ‘Welcome to the Family’.

An exceptionally gifted beat maker, despite being geographically bound by distance, Odd Chap is very much a member of The Swinghoppers in spirit.

CAMERAMAN COL

Often described as “The Fifth Beatle” Colin Hajee is a professional photographer and video editor who regularly attends shows with The Swinghoppers and captures them in their best light.

Owing to his formidable size, he also doubles as The Swinghoppers’ security and resident party animal, carrying on late into the night long after the rest of The Swinghoppers have gone to bed!