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We Want To Speak About Sydney Bryce


As we speak’s liquid & minimal drum & bass listeners will know {that a} tune that includes Sydney Bryce on the vocals calls for a pay attention. 

Seemingly shortly she’s made a reputation for herself as a brand new, however important vocalist within the scene, trying to carve her place amongst names like Riya and Charli Brix – the unmistakable voices that completely complement a gentle breakbeat and thick bassline. 

As a skilled singer and pianist since she was 5, and a raver since earlier than she may legally enter nightclubs, her potential has been brewing longer than you’d assume. However confidence knocks, spurred by a scarcity of seen feminine illustration on the stage, led to her holding again. 

Nevertheless, with moments like incidental people who smoke space chats, the event of a ‘don’t ask, don’t get’ strategy, and the invention of extra function fashions within the scene have all served her effectively lately – rising shortly to realize a strong string of releases on labels like Context Audio, Spearhead, Crucial, Flexout and, most not too long ago, Pilot alongside pyxis and IYRE on her new single Psychedelics.

Now, with an album on the way in which and a contemporary strategy to dwell exhibits, Sydney is poised to make an enduring influence. UKF wished to find extra about Sydney’s rise, her course of, and what’s subsequent for the up and comer… 

I feel I first heard your voice on Act Like That with Path – what a tune, and an amazing intro to your sound. How early was that for you and your singing profession?

My very first launch was round 2018, however Act Like That in 2021 was positively my greatest on the time when it comes to the producer and the label. I’d actually cherished what Flexout have been doing for a very long time, so regardless that it wasn’t that early in my profession, it was an enormous deal for me. 

It acquired performed out loads – so possibly should you hadn’t heard of me earlier than, then you definitely have been listening to me considering “the place’s she come from?”. However I’ve truly been hanging about within the background for some time. 

Positively a breakout tune – and we’ve been seeing your identify ever-since. So when did you begin singing?

I’ve been a musician since I used to be about 5. I began taking part in piano and did my grades and every little thing, however with drum & bass I’ve at all times been a raver. I didn’t actually ever assume I could possibly be on stage although. 

Ten years in the past or so once I began going out, you didn’t actually see that many females concerned within the scene in any case. So for me, it didn’t actually register that I could possibly be concerned in that approach. However it was about 4 years in the past, I used to be within the smoking space at an occasion in London, and me and my brother acquired speaking to Pete Deadline, who additionally works at Shogun. Him and Ollie have been trying to do their first launch. They have been saying they wanted a vocalist and my brother goes “she’s a singer!”. I used to be a bit shy, however they took my particulars and we went from there. 

That was my first perception into working with drum & bass, receiving a observe and writing to it. 

You touched on the method there… how has that labored for you? Do the lyrics come first, the instrumental, or a mixture of each?

The best way it’s labored for me is, usually the producer contacts me in the event that they assume I’d go well with the observe. Then I simply load it up into Logic and do voice recordings, attempting to get melodies or no matter involves thoughts. I feel the very best melodies are those that simply pop into your head, and also you’re already discovering them catchy. I’m at all times simply recording random noises and sounds and seeing what works. 

I’ve acquired to say, Pete was fairly robust with me on that first observe, however I’m glad he was – as a result of once you’re surrounded by individuals who actually help you, it doesn’t matter the way you sing or what you say, all your mates are going to say it’s superb. So it was the primary time I truly acquired critiqued on it – it was very forwards and backwards… “I like this, hold that, change this, the ad-lib into the drop must be one thing totally different”. So I actually love him for that, he wished it excellent which I completely perceive. And I’m actually glad that I acquired dropped within the deep-end working with somebody skilled who is aware of the scene effectively.

However to return to your query – I’ll often ask the producer if there’s a theme they need, as a result of clearly they’re the one that’s created the primary vibe. Perhaps they assume it must be about love, or a rave, or regardless of the lyrical content material is. So I usually ask the questions earlier than I get going, after which I’ll ship a bit minute-long demo and we simply vibe on it.. 

It sounds just like the lyrics typically come final within the course of?

Lyrics are crucial, however on the finish of the day, folks need one thing they will hum alongside to or sing alongside to, and so I feel melody is primary. When you’ve acquired that down you possibly can discover lyrics or take into consideration what’s essential to say. I by no means thought of it, however you’re proper; melody first after which work-in what you need to sing about. 

I’m often interviewing producers, so the vocalist perspective is contemporary to me – fairly shocked to listen to lyrics come final however once you clarify it like that it makes complete sense. 

Have you ever interviewed many vocalists earlier than?

You’d be my first!

Aw sure, depraved! 

Shifting onto a few tunes I wished to ask about. The primary is Strawberry Fields – is there a background to the lyrics?

Dan Construction and I’ve labored collectively for fairly a very long time now, we have now working relationship, it at all times flows very effectively, it’s at all times straightforward – I like straightforward processes. However he despatched me that observe throughout lockdown once we weren’t in a position to see anybody. And me and my finest buddy are very, very shut. So in that interval, to not be capable to see her was the worst factor on the earth. She’s simply a kind of folks the place you don’t realise how a lot you see them, or how concerned they’re in what you’re doing, till they’re not there. 

We’ve acquired so many nicknames for one another… and that is going to sound so foolish… she loves strawberries, and so considered one of them is Strawberry Jam.

Hahaha – I really like that. 

And with the tune I used to be simply vibing on it for some time, after which I used to be desirous about her loads – so I wished to work the tune round the way it was feeling about not seeing her on a regular basis. 

So once I sing: “I’d prefer it, if over time, you might come over to mine…” – that’s actually me saying I can’t wait to be with you once more, and have a dance and amusing like we usually do. So yeah, it’s a tribute to my finest buddy. 

Superb – and that’s positively a well-recognized feeling for lots of people throughout lockdown I feel.. The second tune I wished to ask about is Psychedelics – how did this one come about?

I’ve acquired to confess, It was the simplest observe I’ve ever executed – flawless course of. I’ve recognized Pyxis for some time and he or she’s acquired me concerned with loads, and is an enormous help. She related with IYRE they usually despatched me the observe. I believed it was very nice, however nothing got here to me within the second. 

Then they instructed me the identify and theme of it – so this is among the conditions the place the theme was there already. It has form of a trippy instrumental, they usually stated they wished a very delicate vocal, so Mel (Pyxis) considered me. From there it took me about 20 minutes to do, after which the tune acquired signed that afternoon!

Wow. Loads of additional time to make a video for it.

Yeah the music video is so cool. Billy from Bones Productions did it, who’s buddy of mine truly. It’s such a vibey tune and I believed if we may have actually sick visuals to go along with it, it will full the entire thing. With Billy being mate of mine it didn’t take an excessive amount of time or cash to get it executed both. Then it acquired placed on UKF, which is simply unreal. It appears to be like like persons are actually having fun with it, which is superb.

So going again to my first query about linking up with Path – how do you make these connections within the scene? Is it numerous networking? 

I’m a really ‘don’t ask, don’t get’ sort of particular person – so I like to simply message folks. I am going out to numerous drum & bass occasions too. They’re simply the very best place to fulfill folks – I don’t even smoke however I’m at all times within the smoking space. 

That’s humorous – I’m the identical.

You by no means know who you’re going to stumble throughout! And when you make that dialog or little connection, you’ve sparked the connection and it’s loads simpler to get in contact or collaborate. 

However anyway, that Path tune was by way of Flexout. Tom (Bassi) has been superb, he’s actually mentored me. I do know that he’s been an enormous help for Charli Brix’s profession, and I’m an enormous fan of her. So when he contacted me a few yr in the past it was actually thrilling. I didn’t know he even knew about me, however I actually wished to get into that Flexout aspect of drum & bass. I feel every little thing they put out is sick, top quality. 

When he acquired in contact he stated he may join me to producers. I feel he despatched me like three tunes, and I despatched the demos again right away, and he was like “okay sick, that is going to work”. That Path tune was one of many three. So I owe loads to Tom at Flexout as a result of he actually bridged the hole for me. 

I used to be about to say to you, the primary particular person I considered once I heard your voice was Charli Brix. You each work so effectively on these silky rolling beats. So she’s an enormous inspiration for you? 

Yeah massively. Once I was a lot youthful, possibly like 14-15, the ladies I used to be listening to have been Lucy Kitchen, Katie’s Ambition, Colette Warren, Riya – they have been at all times in my ear. However then once I matured a bit extra and located Charli Brix, it was subsequent degree for me – it simply resonated. Her voice is so soulful, she’s acquired nice vary, her lyrics are sick, her melodies are sick. She’s simply pure class. She’s at all times been approach up there for me. 

Completely. So she was key for you in realising that you might mix your vocal means together with your love for the D&B scene? 

Yeah, I imply I by no means used to see the ladies on stage. Again once I began going out round ten years in the past, you solely had male MCs internet hosting. The females on stage simply weren’t actually there. However on the tunes I used to be discovering and listening to, they have been there. So all of it felt fairly distant, and tough to determine make a begin. 

Plus, confidence was an enormous concern for me. Once I was rising up I used to write down songs for my mates, however I’d shit myself performing to them – I actually held myself again for years. I don’t need to say I remorse something, however I’m 27 now and I actually want I’d executed this ages in the past. As soon as I began singing for folks and getting suggestions, that’s when my confidence was gained. Additionally, my boyfriend is a producer, and when he inspired me to sing on his tracks, that’s once I was in a position to hear myself recorded.

So it was a mixture of confidence, and never figuring out the place to look that delayed me getting began. Like I stated, I’ve solely been releasing for 4 years, however I’ve wished to launch for like ten years or extra.

Not less than you’re right here now and making an influence. Trying forwards – who can be your dream collabs?

Calibre. 

Yeah, is smart.

I not too long ago went to Phonox for his residency and fell in love with him and his music much more. I booked tickets right away for the subsequent week as a result of I used to be like, I’ve acquired to do this once more. 

So he’s primary, however I guess he’s primary on everyone’s listing. Pola & bryson can be a duo I’d like to work with. And a collab with Fox can be superb – I’m an enormous Fox fan and I met him not too long ago, and it simply made me extra of a fan. There’s so many, my listing is big actually. 

And what’s your plan for taking part in out extra – do you see your self internet hosting and performing extra nights quickly?

So final yr I had fairly just a few bookings, and I used to be actually excited for this yr – however I’ve probably not had any to be sincere other than working with Unorganised Ostrich, who’re a Bournemouth based mostly label. I work fairly carefully with them they usually’ve booked me a few occasions. However the way in which it really works is that I don’t know who I’m internet hosting for, I don’t know something concerning the set, I don’t even know if my very own tunes might be performed – and this makes it tough. It’s not a good way to showcase your self as a singer, or perhaps a host. 

I realised the opposite day that I don’t need to get booked with random folks anymore although – what I would like is one thing just like what Charli Brix has with Bassi. I’m hoping it may change to the place I can go along with my very own DJ, actually know the set and plan it out properly, in order that it simply flows loads higher. 

My brother DJs and produces, and we have now a present on SelectRadio each third Saturday evening (Sydney Bryce & Tones). In order that’s the plan shifting ahead – I actually simply had the dialog with my brother James the opposite day. 

Good, that appears like strategy shifting ahead. Trying again, what’s been your profession spotlight up to now?

Actually, in all probability getting the Psychedelics music video on UKF – that was actually loopy for me, I’ve adopted UKF since I can bear in mind, when it began.  I additionally simply love going into raves now, and having that connection on one other degree – simply being within the scene is a spotlight for me. 

Once I first began raving, I couldn’t consider that this music acquired performed out. On the time, I used to be hanging round with folks that basically weren’t that nice for me – so once I began going raving it was like wow these persons are like me, they usually take heed to the music I really like. So my one spotlight is that UKF video, however simply being within the scene and truly being concerned is the good factor ever. 

Completely agree, simply to be concerned and contributing is so depraved. 

Everyones so good, chilled, gifted, inventive. You may go in and put on what you need, be who you need. I feel that’s fairly uncommon as of late. Though we’re in a very accepting world, I discover that everyones simply so nervous about what folks take into consideration them. However in drum & bass, it’s simply this little world that doesn’t fall into these destructive methods, and yeah, we want extra of it. 

Properly stated. So the ultimate query I’ve acquired for you is: What’s developing subsequent?

Properly I’m buzzing as a result of Flexout is doing an LP with me. I’ve now acquired two producers concerned, Atlantic Connection (beneath the brand new alias Nathan Hayes) and Jackie Marua, who is definitely a hip-hop producer. It’s going to be a pleasant multi-genre album – storage, home, drum & bass, afrobeat – no matter we make and like, we’re gonna put it on there. Aside from that, I’ve additionally acquired an EP with Primitive Intuition additionally approaching Flexout. Heaps with Flexout, which is fairly surreal. 

Additionally, speaking about highlights, Atlantic Connection is considered one of my all-time favourites, so to have him on my album and to change into good mates with him is fairly superb. Everytime I speak to him I really feel like I’m residing in a dreamworld – however he’s essentially the most regular, nicest man. 

An album. On Flexout. Good one! When’s this due?

It is going to be accomplished in 2023 – that’s all I can say for now. 

pyxis, IYRE & Sydney Bryce – Psychedelics is out now

Comply with Sydney Bryce: Fb / Instagram 



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