The Artful Roger
Dublin, County Dublin
The Artful Roger is piano-based music artist from Dublin, Ireland. Blending his classical influences with current pop/rock trends, his music evokes the emotion of real-life experiences. He performs with a relaxed, charismatic style, and draws in the audience with his words – both spoken and sung.
Every Time, the debut single, was released in 2016 under the name Roger Berkeley. The video hit more than 175,000 hits on YouTube in the first few months before Roger went on to pursue other personal projects.
Distractions off his chest, Roger Berkeley is back on the scene as The Artful Roger, ready to pick up where he left off.
The Artful Roger’s musical journey started properly when he stumbled across a video of Queen’s Live Aid performance from 1985. He was completely enthralled by Freddie Mercury’s onstage antics, from his interaction with the huge crowd to his sheer confidence. Already familiar with Queen’s musical masterpieces (Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody To Love, and others), and developing an interest in the alternative rock group, Muse, he decided to become a professional music artist. Years later, he is realising his dream.
Primarily a classical pianist (a former UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholar, Roger is working towards an Associate Diploma from Trinity College, London) Roger also plays guitar and sings. Laden with metaphors and symbolism, the songs usually feature an abstract take on events, fuelled by a range of powerful emotions.
After he secured a sponsorship deal for the music video, Roger released his debut single, Every Time, in October 2016. The video has received more than 178,000 hits on YouTube to date and when it was released, it attracted press coverage on three continents. The song is available on all online music outlets.
Never one for following the beaten track, Roger performs to inspire others to go their own way and be the best they can be. By combining a wide range of musical styles and injecting his maverick style and charismatic character, Roger Berkeley has become The Artful Roger.
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