The Internet

THE INTERNET – the Los Angeles-based, R&B/soul band fronted by Syd and Matt Martians – have cemented their position in the industry as a lauded collective experimenting with the sounds of soul – significantly deviating from hit-seeking commercial R&B with a mixture involving understated, poignant vocals and loose, live instrumentation. Formed in 2011, the six piece made their debut with the release of "Love Song - 1," a tender, left-of-center ballad that had more in common with Meshell Ndegeocello than with the year's pop-R&B hits by the likes of Kelly Rowland and Chris Brown. The band then released their debut LP, Purple Naked Ladies, a 14 track record that established the band amongst music lovers and critics alike. Follow-up Feel Good, highlighted by the loose disco groove "Dontcha," arrived in September 2013 with a more organic, sometimes seemingly improvised approach. Two years later, The Internet released their most evolved album yet: Ego Death. The critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated album has since appeared on numerous 2015 Best-Of lists including NPR, The Fader, Complex, LA Times and more. The record, with the addition of new members in bassist Patrick Paige II, guitarist Steve Lacy, drummer Christopher Allan Smith, and keyboardist Jameel Bruner, boasts refined and yet characteristically frank songwriting from Syd and consistent production by Martians. Fresh off performances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE and multiple internationally sold out shows, there seems to be no stopping this diversely talented band.