BY: VASHNI BALLESTE FOR EBONY.COM
Many music prodigies and old souls have swept through the neo-soul scene. Nowadays, L.A.-based group The Internet is at the forefront. Today, Matt Martians (26) and Syd the Kyd (23) drop their third album, Ego Death, with much anticipation for their distinct sonic evolution.
The Internet sound encompasses genre-bending melodies matured with experimental jazz and sweet lyrical utterances. The pair faces the bittersweet reality of fame and coming of age in an industry met by various egos and fronts.
While speaking with EBONY, Matt and Syd disclosed some of the various lessons they’ve learned while navigating their distinct talent and managing the rough patches of growing up during their emergence as musicians. As for Ego Death, it’s a collection of songs containing exactly that: a narrative of how exciting, yet melancholy times, coiled with the unique construction of pop and textured jazz.
EBONY: What inspired your name the Internet?
Matt Martians: The story behind it is literally that we met on the Internet. MySpace kind of connected all of us at the beginning. It’s very simple and it’s kind of the overall concept that connects everybody. It’s kind of cool.
EBONY: Your new album is called Ego Death. How does it reflect the stage of growth you guys are at individually?
Matt Martians: Individually, this is maturing for us. Both of us have become adults and are understanding who we are more, just around the topic outside the music. I think the album title, the music, is just an overall coming-of-age type of situation.
Syd the Kyd: At the same time, I think it’s about becoming vulnerable and becoming sure of yourself within that vulnerability and learning about our egos. Realizing that we have them, trying not to deny them, but at the same time being conscious and trying to use them the best we can.
EBONY: Has there ever been a moment where you felt like you had to contain your ego in a situation?
Syd the Kyd: It’s actually funny, because there’s been a lot going on in our personal lives, and not just ours but in those of our bands as well. It’s been kind of testing our egos in strange ways. And it’s different for everybody, whether it’s been like somebody breaking up with somebody or someone losing somebody special, or somebody moving far away and having to deal with it and realize that were still grinding.
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