It was nearly six years ago when Mikey Goldsworthy met Emre Turkmen online through The two band mates along with Olly Alexander now make up one of the most influential British groups of the 21st century.

Before ever topping the music charts, Alexander (vocals) was pursuing an acting career, winning supporting roles both in TV and Film. Goldsworthy (bass) was cooking up a storm as a waiter, and Turkmen (keyboard) was juggling his time between producing beats and architecture (he helped design Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium!).

Just over a year ago they released their first album Communion, which entered the UK Album Chart at number one. As their song King was being played all over the country, the band was busy at work with their first headlining tour. In January 2015, Years & Years won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015 Award. It was announced April 2016 that they have been nominated for Most Performed Work at the Ivor Novello Awards in London for their single King.

Years & Years’ music has been described as electro-pop drawing up influences from artists such as Flying Lotus, Diplo, Radiohead and Jai Paul. They are highly regarded for their open and authentic stance both in their lyrics and in their public personas.

Even with their sudden success, the trio makes sure they continue having fun at their job and use their platform for something good. Vocalist Alexander has even become a powerful voice on mental health issues and LGBT rights.

The band is currently touring across the United States. Their latest song Desire featuring Tove Lo is currently in the top 10 on iTunes.

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