Years & Years are an electronica trio founded in London, and they consist of frontman and keyboardist Olly Alexander, bass guitarist Mikey Goldsworthy and synthesizer player Emre Turkmen.
The band’s music has been described as a mixture of electro pop, R&B and 1990s’ house, with Flying Lotus, Diplo, Jai Paul and Radiohead being among their core influences.
The band formed back in 2010 after Goldsworthy moved from Australia to London where he soon met Turkmen online. Shortly after Alexander joined the band as lead vocalist after Goldsworthy heard him singing in the shower. Back then the band were a five piece which included Noel Leeman and Olivier Subria but the pair both left the band in 2013.
‘I Wish I Knew’ was the band's first single which was released in July 2012 under the Good Bait label, but in 2013 the group signed to French label Kitsune Records as a three piece where they released their second single ‘Traps’ in September of that year. Following on in February 2014 the band released their fourth single ‘Real’ whose video stared former Misfits actor Nathan Stewart- Jarrett.
It wasn’t until the band signed to Polydor Records in 2014 that the three piece started gaining momentum and the recognition they had worked hard to get. The band’s EP reached number 1 on the Itunes UK Singles Electronic Chart and in December 2014 their fifth single ‘Desire’ peaked at number 22 in the UK Singles Chart.
With the help of BBC Radio 1 and in particular Zane Lowe who chose ‘King’ as his Hottest Record of the Day in January 2015 the band’s sixth single hit the number 1 spot in the UK Singles Chart when it came out in April of the same year.
In January 2015 Years & Years won the highly prestigious BBC Sound of 2015 award, and they were nominated for the Critics Choice Award at the Brit Awards. The band's next single ‘Shine’ went on to reach number two in the UK Singles Chart, while their debut album ‘Communion’ entered the UK Album Chart’s at number one when it was released on 10th July 2015. With such successful tracks the band went on to play to packed tents at 2015’s Reading and Leeds’ Festival and a near enough sold out a UK tour across October and November of the same year as everyone rushes to catch the next big thing!
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