It’s unusual for new acts to appear with 3 Billboard Number 1’s and 2.5 billion streams already under their belts — but when you hear MYKL’s fresh, idiosyncratic take on pop you’ll know Anthony and Michael Hannides like to do things differently.
The brothers have been performing together since their teens but, having topped the charts as songwriters and producers for the likes of Zayn Malik, Rita Ora and Craig David the award-winning singers, songwriters, producers and multi-instrumentalists are ready to put their exciting new twist on emotional R&B pop front and center.
Their music’s roots lie in the music that echoed around the Southampton house the brothers once called home — everything from Michael Jackson, Elton John and Tracy Chapman to Boyz II Men, Dru Hill and Az Yet — and in the duo’s early forays into performance that saw Michael playing piano from age two, Anthony performing at his uncle’s wedding at age five, and the pair writing their first song together when they were 11 and 8 respectively.
In addition to writing Zayn’s debut single Pillowtalk, MYKL worked on a significant proportion of Zayn’s debut album, and it’s a relationship that’s continued into 2018 with their names also appearing on his recent single Let Me. But the brothers missed performing themselves and MYKL — it stands for Make You Know Love — was born.
With influences including Prince and Michael Jackson, MYKL’s sound is all about diverse sounds from a well-defined sonic palette. MYKL call it ‘electrosoul’, bolstered by their trusty OB-6 synthesizer combined with two lifetimes’ worth of love, life, heartbreak and experience dripping from the lyrics.
This experience makes itself felt in debut single Vitamin, which Anthony describes as “a fantasy — a song about envisaging your future with someone and how your new love will build, and the simultaneous feeling of nervousness that what you’re dreaming of hasn’t even begun yet”.