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Tiberius b

Tiberius b - photo credit Leah Walker
Photo credit Leah Walker

Tiberius b (they/them) is a self produced singer-songwriter invoking the lonely magic of growing up on a remote gulf island in the pacific northwest of Canada while creating work in their birthplace of London. 

Tiberius b’s debut EP ‘Stains’ was conceived in a small village in North Wales during lockdown where they were asked by their uncle to care for their grandmother, Tommy. Tommy was hospitalised partway through their stay, and subsequently Belcourt spent over 6 weeks in near total isolation awaiting her return. Operating alone in the Welsh countryside with little to no human interactions day to day, Belcourt was able to explore their understanding of their humanity and identity in such a hyper focused way that it was at times excruciating.

The shift to a complete lack of responsibility caused by having no day job to attend or people to care for, paired with having no true autonomy due to the pandemic caused Belcourt to liken this period of time to a second puberty, or queer pupation. This sensation of deja-vu was exemplified by the supernatural physical surroundings that so closely resembled those which Belcourt grew up in in rural Canada. All this activated a visceral response musically, where with an audacious B.C. Rich axe guitar gifted by one of the villagers, Belcourt was able to pour their delirious energy into unfettered songs which explore themes of gender and sexual dysphoria, collective mourning, retrogression, and heartbreak.