Talented Dartford bassist hopes to make it big

PUBLISHED: 12:16 24 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:16 24 June 2014



A talented musician is hoping for his big break after a number of successful performances.

Jak Coleman, 23, who works as a sales assistant at The Entertainer in Bexleyheath’s Broadway Shopping Centre, hopes that his hip hop metal band Cyphar will make it big.

The five piece band released their debut album Cryptology at a launch show at London’s award winning live music venue, Barfly in Camden and Jak is hoping this could lead to a record deal.

The group, made up of Jak on bass guitar, Martin Buchanan on vocals, Rob Fox on guitar and vocals, Dan Farrugia on drums and percussion and Mateusz Dzienski on scratch and samples, is preparing to embark on a tour which will take them to cities including Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

Their influences include bands like Linkin Park, Rage Against the Machine, Chase and Status and Nero.

Jak said: “Our sound has a big hip hop and rap foundation with a down tempo and a rock/metal edge.

“There is definitely something there for everyone to grab on to.

“We’ve been gigging all over London and recently performed on the same bill as Elesha Paul Moses’ band Hyperreal at a show in Canterbury as well as Black Futures, who themselves have supported The Prodigy.

“We are hoping that by promoting our album and performing in other cities across the UK, our music will really take off. It would be a dream to get signed.”

Jak, who was a late comer to Cyphar, explained that his musical journey had begun at an early age.

“I started playing six-string guitar when I was around 13 or 14 years old and from there, I began joining bands and performing on stage.

“After learning the craft, I picked up my dad’s bass guitar that he had lying around the house.

“I really took to it and that became my main instrument.

“I continued to join numerous bands and knew that music was all I wanted to do so I did a music course at college.

“It became an obsession and something I could never imagine leaving alone or continuing as a hobby. My ambition has always been to have a musical career.”

Jak added that the support he’s had from his family has been “crucial”.

He added: “Joining Cyphar was meant to be a temporary thing. It came about when a former band member, who I’d lost touch with, contacted me to say his band needed a bass player.

“I had every intention of just standing in until they could find a replacement, but the second I heard their music, I loved it and wanted to be a part of it.

“I’ve been a member of Cyphar for around a year now and have added my own style to some of the tracks.

“We went back and rerecorded some of the bass lines, which I’ve made my own and I’ve added in some extra backing vocals.

“We’re all really pleased with the final result.”

Peter Sedge, Broadway Shopping Centre Manager, said: “It is always fascinating to hear about the many talents which lie behind the people who work at the shopping centre and Jak is no exception. We wish him all the best with his music ambitions and his band look well on the way with their first album launch under their belts.”

Cyphar’s album launch will be followed by a digital release on iTunes and Spotify. For more information, search for Cyphar on You Tube, Facebook or follow @CYPHAR1 on Twitter.

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