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Years & Years burst onto the music scene in 2015 with the release of their sixth radio single Kings and haven’t looked back since. After pounding the pavement and touring Europe for years, Kings hit number one in their native UK and went on to win the band the highly coveted BBC Sound of 2015 award.
Our cameras recently caught up with the trio, made up of Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen to talk about their newfound success and where the inspiration for their biggest song came from.
The band’s breakout single Kings may play like an upbeat pop track, but it has a much darker origin story. “I was going out with a guy that was kind of a douche bag, but I still really liked him,” explains Olly. “I know lots of people can related to this. It’s a song about how it feels good to be treated badly by someone.”
The mix of electronic and pop that has made Years & Years a critical and commercial success is not the same genre the band has always played. “Our sound has changed quite a lot from when we started,” says lead singer Olly. “We were quite a mix between Beirut and Fleet Foxes. It was kind of acoustic-y, more guitar-led and then over the years we became more electronic and we produced more.”
Although Years & Years only just released their debut album Communion earlier this year, British trio are already thinking about how they want to be remembered. “As long as people think that it’s honest” says Emre. “The music itself doesn’t date and it’s not embarrassing and it’s got some meaning to it so that it sticks with people.”
Check out Much’s full interview with Years & Years below!