London-based DJ, producer, and rapper Example makes synth-heavy club music with a touch of hip-hop influence, a dash of humor, and plenty of pop appeal.
• As a kid, Gleave was diagnosed with Asperger's, ADHD, and OCD. Exhibiting a high aptitude for numerical problems and a photographic memory, he started rapping at 12 as a means to fit in socially.
• His 2006 single “I Don’t Want To” is a hilarious storytelling rap track with a cool dance beat. It received airplay on BBC Radio 1, and Example soon signed a deal with The Streets rapper Mike Skinner’s label.
• Example dropped his debut LP, What We Made, in 2007 and achieved major chart success with his 2010 sophomore effort, Won’t Go Quietly. With coproduction from electronic heavy-hitters like Calvin Harris, Don Diablo, Sub Focus, and Chase & Status, Won’t Go Quietly reached No. 4 on the UK charts.
• His third album, 2011’s Playing in the Shadows, hit No. 1 in the UK and yielded two chart-topping singles: “Changed the Way You Kiss Me” and “Stay Awake.” The former was nominated for Best British Single at the BRIT Awards.
HOMETOWNHammersmith, London, England
BORNJune 20, 1982