Burial

Last year I spent three hours researching the “Four Tet is Burial” hoax before realizing the tip I was working off came from a satire site. I felt dumb then and feel dumb now admitting it, but the truth is, if you squint hard enough and go down the wormhole, it wasn’t the craziest theory. It’s been part of the Burial mystique since Day One. But today, the man behind Burial has revealed his identity: and it is, as we’ve been told, one William Bevan (yep, this dude). That’s Occam’s Razor for ya. Bevan posted a selfie (above) and a short note on Hyperdub’s site earlier today to thank his fans and label and presumably to end the runaround once and for all. As long as he’s still making incredible music, I’m just as happy knowing who he is as I am being completely in the dark. Read his note below.

Hi this is will, I just want to say thank you to anyone out there who liked my burial tunes & supported me over the years. its really appreciated. Massive thank you anyone who got my records & all producers, DJs, radio stations, labels, shops, writers & journalists.. anyone who played my tunes, gave them a listen, or helped me out with it, made me want to keep going with it. Also shout out anyone who sent me tunes, messages, anyone I met along the way & a big shout out to anyone who supports or does independent & underground music.

I want to do some new tunes this year to send to my boss Steve and the label because they’ve been going 10 years now and have stuck by me. Hopefully by the end of most years I have done some tunes that are decent enough to release. but Dark Souls 2 is on the horizon soon so I’m not sure if I will have many new tunes for a while because I need to play that game a lot. But I’m going to try to get some new tunes together before it comes out.

Also I want to go and find some old tunes I did that still sound alright and never came out.. It would be nice to finally put some of them out on vinyl one day.

Also I want to tell my Mum my Dad my brothers and my sister that I love them to bits. Big shout out to the UK & everywhere else. Cheers & respect to everyone and anyone…be safe & take care

Will

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  1. Burial: Every guy wishes he were that modernly handsome. Every girl wishes her boyfriend would stop showing her pictures of Doink the Clown upon requesting to see a picture of him.

    • I don’t understand the downvotes. Y’all need to readjust the way you’re reading this, because I’m not saying Burial looks like Doink the Clown, but rather, any dude would pull out a pic of Doink the Clown instead and show that to his girlfriend instead because this man is intimidatingly good-looking with that tightly cropped haircut, perfectly manicured facial hair and a modelesque bone structure.

    • Every guy wishes to look like a fey English man? Speak for yourself.

    • He’s… a dude with a shaved head and some stubble. Not bad looking by any means, but I’m not sure where you’re getting this idea that women would lose their shit over him. A Ryan Gosling he is not.

      • But there’s that perspective-altering effect where an otherwise average looking person looks insatiably more attractive by a coefficient of 20 if they are a known publicly in any shape or form for their talents. Just look at anyone in indie culture who plays an instrument or tells jokes, and more often than not, you find yourself wondering if it weren’t for their talent, would they be as sought out romantically / lustfully.

        • Good point. Example, on the other side of the coin – St. Vincent. Were she an accountant or something, I reckon there’d be far less guys per capita (that is to say, out of all of the guys who know who she is in either circumstance) talking about how they want to wife her.

  2. A Burial selfie. Clearly the end of days is upon us.

  3. tunes tunes tunes tunes tunes tunes tunes tunes tunes tunes

  4. I love that he is a video game addict.

    The Internet tells me Dark Souls 2 comes out March 11th. So either expect another Burial tune between now and then or not until next winter.

    Can you imagine how amazing those old Burial tunes must sound?

  5. I think the real story here is why does he only have one ear

  6. Hmm… there was a picture of him in an old profile on LastFm, myspace, i don’t know, but there was confirmation about how he looked, even though the said confirmation was scarce.

    Not like the TMZ’s BREAKING NEWS about daft punk withouth helmets, when there are lots of unmasked photos on google.

  7. “But today, the man behind Burial has revealed his identity” Like he did five years ago? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7544933.stm

  8. Guys, rival dealer is incredible AND socially conscious. What more do we need?

    Other than more burial :D LOLOLOLOL KEEP EM COMIN’ WILLY!

    • To be fair, his earlier unmasking has been pretty regularly viewed with significant suspicion; there’s a reason the “Four Tet is Burial” hoax continues to confound people. If you read enough Pynchon, man, none of this stuff seems implausible. (Talking about myself here.)

      Nice handle btw!

      • Regardless of any confusion, that exact note that is posted above as being posted “earlier today” was posted on drownedinsound in August 2008.

        And thx.

      • Aw, now you made me a little upset that it didn’t turn out Burial was really just Byron the Bulb, somehow removed from the Grid but making incredible tunes to send back through it, in all their rhythmic 1′s and 0′s, trying to warn us all…

        Oh well.

      • I only trust my scoops from Mikey Nel so I wouldn’t believe even if CBC ITSELF reported it in 2008. You all should be ashamed.

  9. Tomorrow it will be revealed that Burial is actually Mike Valelly. Don’t tell him you dislike the EP format, he’ll beat the shit out of you and three of your friends…

  10. Sadly, this will likely not quell the flippant, attention-seeking Four Tet = Burial conspiracy theorists. Anyone who has followed his career has had no reason to conclude this based on his interaction with other peers in the U.K.

    William Bevan is real and he’s a very private individual. That’s really not unbelievable, but I suppose it is to many people in this day and age of social media. Kudos to him for responding, it’s a shame he had to. He’s a class act.

  11. I’m not convinced.

    I need to see him in Bey’s Grammy dress to confirm for sure its not her.

  12. I had always secretly hoped that I was Burial…

  13. He would be a Dark Souls fan

  14. I thought Burial was Beyonce!

  15. Is this guy in Four Tet?

  16. Just crossed this off my list of Most Unlikely Headlines of 2014. Still to come:

    MGMT at Work on “Accessible” Fourth Album
    Stream New Albums from the Avalanches, D’Angelo, the Wrens
    Watch Jai Paul’s Reddit AMA

  17. We’ve known who he was for years, we just didn’t have a good picture of him. So I’m not sure it’s fair to say his identity was unknown.

  18. why is this news? hasn’t this been common knowledge since 2008?

  19. He looks exactly like I thought he would…

  20. will Gotham still be safe?

  21. I was really hoping for a left field surprise, like Burial actually being Ringo Starr or something

  22. I always hoped and thought maybe, just maybe … Burial was a WOMAN! That would’ve been cool.

  23. Well that’s the most obvious Life Model Decoy I’ve ever seen.

  24. Finally, now I can start eating again and go back to work.

  25. There ya go everyone. It’s a guy with a face. Mystery solved.

  26. Babe-rial

  27. There’s a ridiculous picture of Burial and Thom Yorke from a few years ago. Thom knows exactly what he found.

    Praise the sun.

  28. Hang on, am I confused? When I first heard of Burial he’d already revealed his name was Will Bevan and posted a picture of himself- and that must have been like 5 years ago. And it’s not like it was info you had to dig for, it was the first stuff that would come up if you googled ‘Burial’ or ‘Burial interview’.
    How is this a surprise to anyone who has previously had the remotest interest in the dude.

    • Yeah, stupidly misleading headline. Should read: Burial CONFIRMS identity, as he’d yet to do so up until now. He did post a pic back in 2008 but I the speculators have continued since. So hopefully people will get over it and focus on the music.

  29. jloo  |   Posted on Feb 1st 0

    Aaaaaaaaaand I officially have a crush on Burial now.

  30. We’re all Burial. Find the Burial in YOU

  31. There may be a man named Will Bevan. He may even be the guy on the pic. But are we sure that he is a man behind Burial. What if Mr. Bevan is just posing for public or being his avatar IRL? It seems quite possible. That said I refuse to consider the Burial mystery to be solved.

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