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...

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 artistry. Thomas grew up in Long Island, New York, with Trinidadian roots, and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. 

Along with other controllers, live instruments and his smooth vocals, he fuses his roots in Hip-Hop with electronic and soul music; forging 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 new album “(A) Permission to Live?!.” He recently released his single Requiem for a Sunny Day (2017) and the accompanying video. DJ Carlos Sanchez shares, “Thomas Piper has a true understanding of who he is and beautifully conveys his thoughts through vivid lyrical and musical storytelling. His baritone voicing and harmonies uniquely highlights the lyrics of his soul-stirring yet, evocative songs.” Once complete, Thomas will have sung, produced, performed, recorded and mixed the records, in addition, have filmed several of the videos himself. 

This multi-skilled musician has been featured artist 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, 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 including other artists.

Feel free to come to his shows and say ‘hi’.  Join the republic and enjoy the journey.