Years & Years are a London based electro-pop trio signed to Polydor Records. Current members are frontman and keyboardist Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player/beat-maker Emre Turkmen. Founding member Noel Leeman, left the band in 2013.
Years & Years formed in 2010, after Mickey moved from Australia and met Emre online through ‘findabandmate.com’. Shortly afterwards, Olly joined the band as lead vocalist after guitarist Mikey heard him singing in the shower. Alongside 90s R&B, the band cite Flying Lotus, Diplo, Radiohead and Jai Paul as core influences, describing their sound as ‘dance music with heart’.
The band released their debut single,I Wish I Knew in the summer of 2012 through the label Good Bait. Their follow up single in September 2013 was picked up by Kitsuné Records following support from Radio 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne. Dubbed Traps, it achieved support from BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6, as well as online publications including The Guardian, Clash Music and The Fader. “Traps” also features on Kitsuné Maison’s 15th compilation.
The band released “Real”, their second single for Kitsuné, in February 2014. The music video featured an appearance from Olly’s Peter and Alice co-star, Ben Whishaw, and former Misfits actor, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Despite having no budget and a very short time to shoot, the video – inspired by the work of David Lynch - received a warm reception upon its release.