|Born||Rio Alexander Haigh|
Bunbury Regional Hospital, Bunbury, Western Australia
|🏡 Residence||East Fremantle, Western Australia|
Singer/songwriter • Record producer • Composer
|📆 Years active||2014-present|
|Quietly (Alex Belman song) • Welcome to the Twenties (Alex Belman song) • Treasure (Alex Belman song)|
|🏡 Home town||Margaret River, Western Australia|
Rio Alexander Haigh, known professionally as Alex Belman, is an Australian singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, rapper, and writer. He is known for his musical versatility, playing a wide variety of instruments and having written and performed music in a range of different genres, styles, and languages.
Alex Belman was born Rio Alexander Haigh on the 24th of March, 2005 in Bunbury, Western Australia. He lived in Margaret River, Western Australia for almost 12 years, attending Margaret River Independent School, and moved to Fremantle, Western Australia towards the end of January 2017. He currently attends high school in Fremantle.
2016-2018: Early Career
Alex Belman started writing songs at a very early age, recording his first EP, Wild Animal Heart at the age of nine. He made his solo performance debut at MR SAM 2016 (Margaret River Skate, Art and Music Festival). He has also starred in theatre productions with the Margaret River Theatre Group and West Australian Opera, as well as placing first in the 58th WA Performing Arts Eisteddfod for a group drama performance.
2018-2019: Five Ord Street
On the 30th of November 2018, Belman released his debut single "Quietly". As of May 2019 it is still his most successful release. Just a week later, he released his second single "On Christmas Eve", which was his take on, as the title suggests, a Christmas song.
On 21st December 2018, he released a remix of "Quietly", which would be his last release until January 4th 2019, when he released the fourth and final single from his then upcoming debut album, "Yeah (feat. Hunter Haigh)".
On March 1st 2019, Alex Belman released his debut album, Five Ord Street. He livestreamed on Instagram during its release.
Mid-late 2019: Aural Fixation and Devil
In mid-late 2019, Belman released two EPs, containing many of the songs that would be later included on his second album, Revelations. The first of the two was Aural Fixation (released 20th September 2019) and the second was Devil (released 1st November 2019).
Alex Belman released the last three singles from Revelations, "It's Only Fair", "Welcome to the Twenties", and "Different", on 20th December 2019, 27th December 2019, and 10th January 2020 respectively. On the 31st January 2020, he released his second album, Revelations. It featured most of the songs from Aural Fixation and Devil, as well as 9 new songs, and varied widely in style from his previous album, Five Ord Street, which was firmly rooted in the pop genre. Revelations featured songs in the pop, psychedelic, hip-hop, easy listening, and singer/songwriter genres.
Mid 2020: The Lonely Night
On 17th April 2020, Alex Belman released “I Miss You”, the first single from The Lonely Night. Some months later, he was inspired while driving down a particularly long stretch of country highway on the way back to visit his hometown of Margaret River, Western Australia, and decided on a whim to make an EP. The Lonely Night was released on 7th August 2020. The opening song, “The Boys Are Back”, made with his brother Hunter Haigh, is an upbeat song about the two boys’ return to their hometown. This contrasts vastly to the heavy subject matter and generally-slow tempo of the other songs on the recording. These are mainly in the Adult Contemporary genre of pop, and discussed topics such as separation/longing (“I Miss You”), reminiscence (“How to Surf”) and insignificance (“Life Goes On”).
Mid-late 2020: Alex Belman After Dark
On 25th September 2020, Alex Belman released his third studio album, Alex Belman After Dark. In prior releases, he had been known to stray more and more from his pop roots, however Alex Belman After Dark has been the farthest leap so far. Containing no traces of any genre Alex Belman has made music in before, Alex Belman After Dark is comprised entirely of Cool Jazz. Notably, the album is also the first time Alex Belman has made a song completely in a language other than English ("Blauw" - written fully in Dutch), although he has used other languages in his music before.
- Five Ord Street
- Aural Fixation
- The Lonely Night
- Alex Belman After Dark
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