With an enviable string of swirling synth-pop odysseys to her name, Ellie Isherwood (AKA Byfyn) is certainly a name to get familiar with.
The Stevenage-based producer’s latest dose of infectious ambience is called ‘Me and You’, a technicolour dreamland of a song that nestles itself somewhere between Grimes and Animal Collective.
How would you describe Byfyn to a stranger?
“Kooky synth-pop princess.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Changes all the time based on what gets me going. I listen to loads of different styles of music and if a song gives me that tingle on the back of my neck I listen back to it, again and again, to figure out what gave me that feeling and then try to bring that into my sound. I guess the bands that do that the most for me are Animal Collective and Grimes.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“Latitude Festival 2019. Played on the BBC Introducing Stage in the woods and it was magical.”
You’re based in Stevenage – what’s your local music scene like?
“To be honest I haven’t interacted much with the local scene bar listening to BBC Introducing Beds, Herts and Bucks every week, which is always packed with amazing music from new local artists!”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Connie Constance – she’s just incredible, her music spans so many genres effortlessly and her voice is packed to the brim with expression and emotion.
MX World – Her self-titled EP from 2017 blew my mind. It’s incredibly well produced and the lyrics are so raw and genuine. On ‘Excavating’, she sings “I’m getting older, I need someone to distract me and I’m feeling less reckless, give me a sense of purpose”, that gets me every time. Really hope she release some new music ASAP!
A House In The Trees – Manages to seamlessly mix amazing earworm songwriting and mind-bendingly maverick production like no one else I know. A constant source of inspiration to go that extra bit further and keep pushing the envelope with my own production. They’re set to release a new album very soon and I cannot wait.”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Byfyn?
“I’m going to be releasing a new single at the end of August called ‘Trying’. Then after that, I’m hoping to release an EP before the end of the year! I’ve had an amazing year so far so I’m hoping it’ll carry on getting better and better. I have a good feeling about it!”