The People's Republic of Sound

Welcome.  I'm Thomas Piper Jr of The People's Republic of Sound. I'm a Digital Creator & vocalist, and here is where I showcase my work. I've worked with The Last Poets, Public Enemy, MTV, Propellerheads, Amel Larrieux and others. This is my home, come in and stay for a while...

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videos & LIVE performances

Thomas Piper - Ableton Documentary interview of independent singer, producer, beat maker, videographer and blogger Thomas Piper to learn about his weekly Beat Design series.

Thomas Piper Live @ Soul In The Horn witness revelers groove to "Get It'. Video directed and edited by the artist.

Thomas Piper - "Requiem for a Sunny Day" Video edited and directed by artist.

Thomas Piper entrances audience with "Start Living" Live @ Sofar San Francisco


Bio Thomas Piper - Pushing His Artistry

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Thomas Piper - Pushing His Artistry

Thomas Piper Is An Accomplished Vocalist, Sound Sculptor And Visual Artist Who Encompass A Wide Array Of Multimedia Processes To Highlight His Musical Artistry. Thomas Has Finessed The Art Of Uniquely Playing The Ableton Push By Facing The Controller Towards The Crowd, As He Exploits The Capabilities Of This Instrument As If Playing The Piano. He’s A Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Performer, Producer, And Visual Craftsman Who Combines These Elements To Realize His vision. Mr. Piper, taps into his Trindadian roots and draws inspiration from the world around him in his Brooklyn, NY home.

Along With Other Controllers, Live Instruments And His Smooth Vocals, He Fuses His Roots In Hip-Hop With Electronic And Soul Music; Blending A New Musical Genre. In Mastering The Push, Coupled With His Endearing Voicing And Vibrant Melodies, Thomas Has Innovated Its Use To Draw Sweet And Complex Cords Akin To A Jazz Pianist, Yet As Energetic As A Whaling Guitarist. 

Currently, Thomas Is In His Studio Finishing His Debut LP (A) Permission To Live.?! ,  a collection of modern soulful songs that award listeners permission to live freely. The record was inspired by watching people hesitate to engage with the show, though they wanted to Dance and Clap. These songs culminate in records, that’s elevated by Thomas’ soulful baritone, which punctuates life’s journey with hope. Over the years, he's incubated his captivating performance and musical storytelling while performing throughout the U.S. Thomas Shaped all aspects of this project, including directing, shooting, editing and releasing videos for the album. 

This Multi-Skilled Musician Has Been a Featured Artist on Ableton’s Website Documentary Series - Thomas Piper: This Is My World; Push Performances: Five Of Our Favorites; And Create Digital Music Which Highlighted His Soulful Songs And Lively Stage Performance. Thomas Has Showcased At Aqua Art Miami, Webster Hall - NYC, Soul In the Horn - NYC, Tekserve, Make Music NYC, Maker Fair-NYC, SoFar San Francisco And Various Venues. He’s Written And Produced For Hank Shocklee, And Amel Larrieux, And Various Artists On Gee Street Records. His Songs Were Featured In Films How To Be A Player, Great White Hype And An Over Simplification Of Her Beauty.

Through The People’s Republic Of Sound, His Musical And Visual Production Company, Thomas Piper Hosts And Performs Live Beat-Making And Singing Sessions, On His YouTube Channel, Beat Design. Recently, He Sang, Wrote And Directed Let’s Move Your Body, A Jumping Jack Song For Sesame Street’s You Tube Channel - Sesame Studios. In Addition, He's An Accomplished Videographer And Director For Motema Records: Joey Alexander And Gregory Porter; Georgia Ann Muldrow and many Artists.

Feel Free To Come To His Shows And Say ‘Hi’.  Join The Republic And Enjoy The Journey.


PHOTOS

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What the Press is saying

"I love his positivity. Thomas is an example to all of us about productivity and hard work." -----                                                                                  Interview With Thomas Piper: How To Overcome Creative Blocks & Build Community     Afro DJ Mac, AfroDJmac.com July 2017                                                   
"Creative powerhouse producer behind The People’s Republic of Sound brought the 🔥 on his latest BeatDesign series." -----                              Output. Inc (instagram) 2017
 "As Thomas Piper demonstrates in the video below, the old paradigm of working in relative obscurity until one gets ‘discovered’ is no longer the only way forward. The tools for making and distributing one’s own music are now available to anyone willing to learn how to use them. And while it may be daunting for one person to wear so many hats (not that Thomas has a problem with hats), the artistry and self-discipline fostered in one creative field can be applied to any other field."  -----                                     Ableton Inc - May 2017  
"Thomas Piper, Jr. is at his absolute best in a soulful, no-holds-barred, energetic performance New York’s famed Webster Hall." -----               Create Digital Music Sept. 2013
 "From his Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn-based studio, Thomas Piper Jr. balances a multitude of roles: singer, songwriter, producer, photographer, cinematographer, and director. Take a look at how his home office, the headquarters of his creative venture, The People's Republic of Sound, is evolving into a space that accommodates his complete artistic vision. -----                                                                           Thomas Piper Jr. Cyberpunk Aspirations, Gregory Han, Apartment Therapy.com - Oct. 2012

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    Shows

    • Soul In the Horn 2017 - 2018 (Brooklyn, NY)
    • BRIC TV  -  Live on Air 112BK w/ Ashley Ford 2018 (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Sankofa - Black History Month Artstory 2018 (Brooklyn, NY)
    • the LAB (Life and Beats) - 2018 (bronx, NY)
    • In Plain Sight (residency) - Father Knows Best 2017 - Current (Brooklyn, NY)
    • BeatHaus 2017 (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Pushing Buttons Collective 2017 - 2018 (Brooklyn, NY) 
    • Hotel RL 2017 (Brooklyn, NY; baltimore, MD; Washington, DC)
    • Towson College Ableton University Tour 2017 (Baltimore, MD)
    • soFar 2017 (oakland & San francisco, CA)
    • The yard 2017 (San Francisco, CA)
    • Make Music NYC 2016-2017 (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Maker Fair-NYC 2016 - 2017 (Queens, NY)
    • Figment Festival NYC 2016 (Manhattan, NY)
    • Kicks & Snares 2016 (brooklyn, NY)
    • Warper party 2014 - 2017 (New York, NY)
    • The Ear Wax Sessions 2014 (Long Island, NY)
    • Make Music NYC 2014-2017 ( Brooklyn, NY)
    • Tekserve Audio Fair 2014 (Manhattan, NY)
    • Shocklee Ent. @ Tekserve 2013 (Manhattan, NY)
    • Webster Hall 2013 (Manhattan, NY)
    • Aqua Art miami/sound Miami Vision 2013 (art Basel Miami, FL)
    • SXSW 2008 (Austin, TX)

    audio & Video Credits

    • Remixer - Public Enemy
    • Producer -  Last Poets
    • Additional production - Amel laruixx
    • Producer - Amber Sunshower
    • Video director - Georgia ann Muldrow
    • Video Director - Johnny Prince
    • Video Director, song Writer producer, composer, editor - sesame street studio  - let's Move your Body
    • Videographer for Soul In The Horn - instagram
    • Videographer And Director For Motema Records: Joey Alexander & Gregory Porter & others
    • Videographer / Director/ DP - Audiophile PLUS & Lyons Wier Music - Aqua Art Miami
    • Film Credit - An Over Simplification Of Her Beauty, origunal score
    • Film Credit - How to Be A Player
    • Film Credit - Great White Hype
    • Ableton, Baltimore Towson College, Presenter

    Interviews

    • Ableton, INC. 2017
    • BRIC TV - 112BK 2018 (Brooklyn NY)
    • visual Caffine BRIC TV 2018 (Brooklyn, NY)
    • create Digital Music.COM 2013
    • Apartment Therapy.COM 2012 (Manhattan, NY)
    • DJ AfroMac.COM 
    • Push tutorials.cOM (chicago, IL)

    Booking - Join The Republic

    Now accepting bookings!  To book Thomas Piper for an event, Concert or festival, please feel free to Contact us with your inquiries.