You can hear Planetman’s own personal struggle for freedom in his music. The lyrics tell a story of a soul yearning for a better world. From the depths of his past suffering, rise songs designed to uplift and inspire. Described by the Evening Standard as ‘reggae master’, Planetman’s uplifting sound draws from many world influences. His songs “blend highlife guitars and reggae with earnest folk and brightly soulful vocals. The sounds are varied yet simply catchy; the spirit is infectiously upbeat.” (METRO) His latest release Love Rebel is the embodiment of the life and work of a musician who lives by the message in his music. The album deals with themes of love as a spiritual and unifying force and the true rebelliousness of refusing to submit to a system that crushes humanity in its coldness and selfishness.
Born in Israel as Adir Tov, as a youth he fought against the Israeli government, refusing to serve in the army and serving time in prison for his principles. Since then, his journey has taken him from living wild on the mountains of Sinai with nothing but a guitar to his name, through the psychedelic rave scene in 90’s Amsterdam, to the remote Irish countryside. Here he dreamed of making music that would transcend cultures –rebel music that would serve as a mantra of peaceful resistance against wars fought for profit and the injustice of Babylon. Planetman was born!
At the turn of the millennium, Planetman was drawn to London as a hub for multi-cultural music, and 2005 saw the independent release of his first album Unite! Planetman kept on pushing boundaries with extended live shows and trance-inducing jam sessions, including an infamous 2006 Sunrise Festival set lasting for six hours! Word of his full-power performances spread, leading to sets at Boom, Glastonbury and Big Chill festivals, Notting Hill Carnival and a residency at Secret Garden Party.
A founding member of iconic Dalston venue Passing Clouds, Planetman’s monthly Little Blue Ball parties spanned over a decade, and have become legendary for their eclectic mix of sounds from around the world and sky-high vibes. His Sunday Night Jam Sessions at the venue drew world music luminaries such as Baba Adesose Wallace and Joseph Cotton. Other projects include founding the Global Beats Festival, which he headlined at Wilton’s Music Hall, curating 18 different international acts. Not just a powerful vocalist, but also a talented guitarist, Planetman’s skill and authentic, larger than life personality have landed him gigs backing reggae heroes, Dawn Penn, Winston Reedy and Winston Groovy. He has taken his inspiriting message of unity through music across the globe, from Budapest to Ko Pha Ngan, and was invited to Tanzania by the family of Remi Ongala to play at a memorial show in the star’s honour.
The latest single No one can stop us, due to be released later this year, includes remixes by dub legend Gaudi and acclaimed producer Youth (Pink Floyd, U2, The Verve). And with more new music and collaborations in the pipeline, the future is looking bright for Planetman.
“I would recommend this music to anyone with a beating heart!” (Giulio Sica)