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Gabe Karter is "Ug Orwell", or "Bum Uggy." Andy Kaufman (yes, his parents did it on purpose) is "August". Gabe and Andy are friends, Ug and August are Bi-Polar Bear.
The story of how they met isn’t so important (freshmen at the University of Arizona — one super fat, one super skinny), it’s more of a "why" thing. August had been bangin’ on the drums (electronically) since 9th grade, while Ug was the kid that was forced to freestyle anytime drinking was involved. Perhaps they knew then that they should sit down and discuss this whole hip hop thing, but they were too busy with the ladies (see: playing video games).
Fast forward three years, four relationships, five cities, and two overwhelmingly different paths towards a hazy destination. See Ugly graduating in Boston (that’s not in Arizona). See August fleeing from Hurricane Katrina and spending the finale of his undergraduate career in Connecticut (that’s not in Arizona either — no one stayed in Arizona folks). See two grown children with fleeting passions, reunited over an AOL Instant Messenger conversation in which Orwell informed Auggie that he had recorded an entire album, half of which included songs featuring the latter’s production. It had been a minute since August thought about making music, and this was refreshing.
Fast forward three more years. August and Ug, fully committed at this point to realizing their potential, now called Brooklyn home. Bi-Polar Bear greeted the world with Today I Found Happy. TIFH showcased completely original, homemade production, while Orwell distinguished himself as a lyricist without borders. Tracks like "F**k Her", "Nights Like This" and "Love Begins to Die" resonated with a growing group of supporters who connected with the raw honesty of the content. Despite the critical success of the group’s freshman effort, the kids knew that they had more to give. Bi-Polar Bear released their second album, When Ledge is Home, in 2012.
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