Ones To Watch┃ Words by Amy Woodroffe ┃ 01.04.2020
MXYMS’s musical mix of electro-theatrical tracks leave you pumped full of art - his best track San Clemente Syndrome smoothly leading your imagination to the glistening fields of Call me By Your Name. Lyrically thoughtful ‘fooling hearth & innocent minds’ really present the youthful, romantic feel of the track - and if you want to see the visual creations of this unique artist head over to MXYM’s YouTube Page, where he also covers classics such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Tiffany’s Think We’re Alone Now.
IZLAND interviewed MXYM, delving into the details behind his eccentric style and bopping tracks.
What makes you make music?
There's a collective of celestial beings in the cosmos that send signals to my brain and tell me what to write and sing. When I was 13 I sold my soul to the devil in a very glamorous and goth-chic satanic bat mitzvah, which was when he gave my sight into other areas of existence and the ability to transcend reality. So now the voices of distant angels, aliens, and archaeologists puppet my brain until I've created my next single. That and money (when I start to make some).
When did you start making music?
I started writing lyrics in secondary school but it wasn't until I left college that my dad taught me how to play guitar and I could actually start MAKING music. Initially, I was just putting all those old songs I'd written to music but since I was out of education and had literally nothing to do with my life I wrote so much every day, then on valentines day of 2016 I released my first EP (which thankfully is not available anymore) and I've been imposing my music on everyone ever since.
There is a lot going on in the world right now, what is your next step from here?
I had a lot of plans for 2020, a load of releases, an even bigger load of videos, and now a lot of those plans are totally up in the air. I was going to film a music video for Feast to be released in June and now who knows when everything will be back in place to do all those things. So for now it's making plan B's and Plan C's and even a couple of Plan D's, but all the while jamming to some Hannah Montana cause life's what you make it (so let's make it rock).
What are you most proud of so far in your journey?
It's a bit of a cliche answer but I'm wholeheartedly most proud of my new single Sixteen. I've been working on this song so absolutely ages (I first sang it live in June of last year) cause something about the track just kept me coming back to it, when I couldn't figure out the production or why the lyrics weren't working there was just something in my brain that kept saying I need to finish Sixteen. And my Brain was right cause it's a bop. Beyond the song even I'm so proud of the whole presentation, the imagery that I and TJmov created for this single, both the photoshoot and the music video, is in my opinion the best work we've ever done and it just looks and feels so nice. Plus the B-side 'Feast' is a full-on banger that's pretty different for MXYM and was incredibly important for me to write and it helped me deal with a lot of anger and toxicity that I was dealing with. I'm so proud of this whole project and I can't wait for the world to see hear and feel it all!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Right now I've fully fallen down a rabbit hole of Nina Hagen who I discovered while I was in secondary school but she's just had a resurgence in my brain. She's this punk, operatic, new wave, Kate Bush on acid, Queen of the 70s+80s and she just has this mental positive energy that I think we need right now. She has a cover of My Way which is 110% one of the greatest moments in music history that everyone needs to listen to right this second. Other than Nina Hagen it's just been a lot of Hannah Montana thanks to my binging of the show during isolation.