Silas Armstrong wrote his first solo EP after the death of his best friend and frontman. The tragedy shaped him. He sticks with people he believes in and works closely with those he loves. Having performed at Glastonbury and toured Europe with Panic at the Disco! The 2020 lockdown gave him the momentum and material to pursue his lifelong dream of a solo career. “Live music was the thing I missed most during lockdown, but the space and time to write these songs gave me the self-belief to release them. Now’s the time.” Drawn from the musical influences of his parents as well as his own generation, Silas calls his music “Emotional pop, with the power of soul, r&b, and a constant nod to the 80s.” His earliest memory of recorded music is of listening to Michael Jackson’s Bad in the back of the car. He has written lyrics and music since he was nine and played in bands since his teens, most notably Kid Champion, Youth Club, Rocky Nti and LNLY. Silas’s experience is as rich as his influences. Starting out as a radio producer at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, he witnessed and interviewed artists from every genre. He was there when Prince played his impromptu gigs at the club, and discussed music with Quincy Jones. Five years of osmosis in the coolest club in London rubbed off, but pop music and the golden era of the 80s shines through his songwriting. His biggest musical influences are Marc Cohn, The Weeknd and Adele. Working with artists including Tom Walker, The Script, The Wombats and Rick Astley taught Silas songwriting, stagecraft, and hard work.