From the depths of the eroding core of rhythm and blues, a 6-piece super-group has emerged to shed light on a genre with a flare that was once thought to be diminished. The Internet is a 6-person Soul band with an unrivaled sound that reaches into your chest and replaces your heartbeat with their infectious baselines and charming vibratos. Yes, that sounds dramatic, but if you’ve listened to their latest album, then you know why I’m so excited about these guys.
The group - made up of Syd, Matt Martians, Patrick Paige II, Christopher Smith, Jameel Bruner, & Steve Lacy - recently released their third studio album, Ego Death, and from the sounds of it this is sure to be a major catalyst in their journey to becoming iconic. Aside from having allies like Janelle Monae, Tyler, the Creator, and Vic Mensa (all featured on Ego Death), The Internet stems from a strong foundation.
They originally started with two members, Syd (23) and Matt Martians (26), but have since grown and evolved in numerous ways. Syd has been penning music since she was very young, but she put writing on hold to become Odd Future’s DJ and producer (a skill that was self taught at the age of 15). It wasn’t until 2011 that she picked her own music back up and made her first studio album with Matt Martians, who she met on Myspace in 2008. Matt both produces and plays synths.
The Internet as a collective is unstoppable. Their lyrics are created from experiences and their production is clearly constructed from the ear of a higher power. But what’s most alluring about the group is the individuality and dedication that power them. They make the kind of music that they want to hear. The Internet is beginning to emerge as leaders in the new musical free world with a spirit that’s reminiscent of pioneers like Pharrell, Missy Elliot and Timbaland.
After playing Ego Death on repeat for that past couple of weeks, I got a chance to get up with Syd and Matt to talk about life after the release of Ego Death, creating outside of Odd Future, the repercussions of using real-life relationships as content, and more.
Read the rest of our interview here.