About Bloc Party
Bloc Party began in 1999, when Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack decided to form a band inspired by their love of Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Pixies, and DJ Shadow.
∙ They landed their big break when Okereke got the demo of “She’s Hearing Voices” to BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq, who played it on his show.
∙ During the band’s formative years, Okereke studied English Literature at King’s College London but dropped out after Bloc Party signed with Wichita Recordings.
∙ Silent Alarm was nominated for Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize and was named Album of the Year by NME.
∙ Their sophomore album, A Weekend in the City, hit No. 12 on the US charts and made the Top 10 in the UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand.
∙ Okereke has been a featured vocalist on numerous tracks by other artists, including “Believe” by The Chemical Brothers and “It’s Not the Things You Say” by Tiësto.
∙ Okereke has released four solo albums under the name Kele, including the UK Top 20 hit The Boxer.