The Internet is a soul band created by producer Matt Martians and lead vocalist Syd “The Kyd” of Odd Future. The two met via Myspace in 2008, and later became good friends when Matt moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles in February of 2011. They began their first project together in May of that year, and by December had released it as a full-length album entitled Purple Naked Ladies.
Syd, who started her career in music at 15 as a self-taught recording engineer and producer, had only begun to try to sing at the age of 16, when she produced and wrote a song called “Flashlight,” after which she wrote one more song before going on a three year writing hiatus. During those three years, she got deeper into the art of music production, began working primarily with Odd Future, mixed and mastered several Odd Future albums, and toured with OFWGKTA as their DJ. She started writing again when she and Matt began working on Purple Naked Ladies, which she is proud to say she wrote almost on her own.
Matt, producer and primary illustrator behind all of The Internet’s work, started his career as a musician in college with a production group he named The Super 3, before the other two members ditched him and he decided to keep the name and pose as a three-man production team. Instead of posting pictures of himself, he’d draw the three original members as space habitants. After producing various tracks for almost every member of Odd Future as The Super Three, he left Atlanta to further pursue his career as a music producer.
Originally, Matt and Syd planned to release Purple Naked Ladies for free with very little promotion, and they never planned on performing it live. But after being persuaded by management to take the project more seriously, the two decided to release the album under Odd Future Records, making it the first album to be released under the label. The subject of live performances was daunting to Syd, who had just begun to sing, had never had a singing or vocal lesson, and wasn’t quite comfortable with her singing voice yet. So when talks of live performances got serious, Syd and Matt insisted on performing with a backing band instead of backing tracks, hoping it would take some of the pressure off of them on stage. So they teamed up with some of Syd’s old friends, Patrick Paige II (bass), Christopher Allan Smith (drums), and Tay Walker (keys) and turned The Internet into a band – a band that has in one year performed over 60 shows in North America and Europe…
The Internet recently released their second LP, a soul album entitled Feel Good, on September 24th through Odd Future Records. The whole band helped produce it alongside Chad Hugo from The Neptunes and Grammy award-winner Mike Einziger, who earned executive producer credit on the album. Chris and Patrick can be heard playing live drums and bass on almost every track, as well as keys by Tay who is also featured vocally on the album twice. The sultry instrumentals are complemented by heartfelt lyrics from Syd and guest vocalists such as Yuna and Mac Miller. Together these parts coalesce to present a fuller, more dynamic sound that has evolved and matured significantly since their debut album. Ultimately, you’ll witness a group of good friends having a great time creating something they hope will stand the test of timeless music.