The man who has become famous for walking around the streets of Bristol with a techno-pumping shed on his head has revealed his secrets.
Michael Shedworth first shot to fame when he was caught on camera walking through his hometown with a shed on his head which played loud techno music, had disco lights and spouted 3ft high flames into the air from its chimney.
Mr Shedworth has made a few appearances at music festivals over the past few years, and once uploaded a video to YouTube of him going for a job interview – and being turned away because he had a shed on his head.
And during the coronavirus lockdown in 2020, he hit the headlines again after delighted customers at his local Aldi photographed and filmed Mr Shedworth queuing to get in, doing his shopping and waiting at the till.
Now, reports Bristol Live, he has spilled the beans on his extraordinary life to Big Jubba’s YakShak podcast.
Host Jacob Kuenzler-Byrt was stunned to hear Mr Shedworth insist the shed is actually his head, his parents were sheds, his head grew a fire-spouting chimney as part of his adolescence and the loud techno music which plays when he walks simply “emanates” from him naturally.
“I feel like I need to make it clear I’m not just some kind of attention-seeker trying to live out some weird alternate reality. This is my life,” he insisted.
He told the podcast he was around 13 when a “small lump” began to grow on the apex of his roof, and it became a chimney which spouted fire.
Mr Shedworth added: “I wasn’t really sure at the time what was happening to it, but fast-forward 12 months and it’s developed into a chimney with this stuff that shoots out of it, flames and music and I developed a glossy coat and I think it’s just something that happens with a shed’s journey into adulthood.
“One day I was walking down the street and this music started emanating from the back side of me. I wasn’t really sure where it came from, and it’s just been with me ever since.
“I guess it’s my own song, it must be something internal that comes out of me. I agree it’s quite a catchy tune, it’s quite banging – it gets a lot of attention.
“A bit of unwanted attention as well, I must say, I’ve had problems with people following me around recording it, to the extent that I’ve had a couple of cheeky kids from Bristol that managed to record it and pass it off as their own.”
He continued that all he wants is to be left to live his life in peace.
“It’s just the unwanted attention sometimes that these things bring. It’s not helpful to be recognised in the street as a famous face around town,” he said.
“I want to be able to go to Aldi in peace to buy my bread and my wonky mushrooms and some wood preservative without being ogled and people badgering me in the queue and trying to take selfies with me.
“A lot of this media attention, although it’s well meaning, a lot of it is unwelcome, ultimately.”
“I don’t walk around Bristol with a shed on my head,” he said.
“I walk around Bristol, and that’s it. These people just can’t look past the shed sometimes,” he added.
When asked what his message to the people of Bristol is, he said: “I hope your listeners have learned a bit and will keep away from me when they see me in the street…generally to not talk to me or bother me and just b****er off.
“I don’t really like humans much to be honest,” he added.