Johnny Lloyd has come a long way, along riskier roads, finding a plot of his own and starting to rebuild. In 2014, after two top 40 albums, world tours and support slots with Pixies and The Rolling Stones, Johnny disbanded the critically and commercially beloved Tribes. Taking the hazy pop sound he’d spearheaded with is bandmates, Johnny spent little in time taking it into darker, rougher territory. He founded a new musical home and friendships with Jamie T, Mike Crossey (The 1975, Hozier) and Hugo White (The Maccabees), who helped guide the recording of his first two solo EPs.

His debut EP ‘Dreamland’, released in 2016 by Xtra Mile Recordings and produced by Jamie T and Hugo White is a rousing but melancholic attempt to “find a new place in life” full of “new beginnings (and) realisations”. His journey continued on 2017’s Eden EP, which shows further depth to Johnny’s sound and intentions. But after almost 200 shows in support of his new songs, in the UK and Mexico, and with plans for a debut album well on their way, a new route presented itself.

Johnny started to expand his songwriting abilities away from his own songs and instead producing music for television and film with over 1,000 uses of Johnny’s music on TV in 2017 alone. This included film trailers, the acclaimed serial-killer biopic My Friend Dahmer and even getting the chance to score his first full-length feature film, Rare Beasts, in 2018. As productive as he was in the last 12 months, and relishing his work, a lot had begun to change in Johnny’s life and his own music now needed to reflect that.

With the album set for release in early May 2019, and tours being booked for the UK, Europe and further afield, Johnny Lloyd is back with a renewed sense of direction, a sure and steadfast attitude that is echoed throughout the album. The blurred sonics are no longer part of his vision and a stark, solid monument to his future has been built.

When we rebuild, our foundations tend to be stronger than ever, and Johnny Lloyd’s groundwork means the sky is within reach, a better launchpad to go beyond expectations, of others’ and his own.

Johnny Llyod Links: WebsiteFacebook | Instagram 

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Birmingham based songwriter Matt Millard provides ‘an alluring and refreshing blend of folk and pop that takes a different route from the rest’ – Wolf In A Suit.

First appearing in late 2016 with early online demo ‘Berlin’, Matt soon became a fond favourite of BBC Introducing, receiving regular airplay and being invited to play live on BBC WM. The following Autumn saw Millard up his game, with his first official single release ‘Salt’, offering a more textured and atmospheric production that was again championed by the BBC, described as ’Absolutely Gorgeous’.

With a growing loyal following after a string of successful support slots with the likes of Fenne Lily and Allman Brown, in 2018 Matt released a handful of self produced works including his debut EP ‘Take Me Anywhere – EP’. Proceeded by the beautifully yearning lead single ‘Take Me Anywhere’, described by Wolf In A Suit as ‘a song that has the magic and capacity to become a modern day anthem’ and later followed by the full band single release ‘Featherlight’.

More recently since his return to England Matt has adopted roles out of the spotlight, producing for other artists and composing for film, but there is only so long the Birmingham musician can stay away. With talk of new music in the works and his first live show in over a year announced, there is definitely more to come from the singer-songwriter. Matt will be returning to his hometown in November to play a long overdue intimate acoustic show at The Cuban Embassy supporting Johnny Lloyd.

Matt Millard Links: Facebook | Instagram | Spotify

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