Following a flurry of uncooked and heartfelt choices these previous few months, together with “Straightforward,” “Completely Damaged,” “Retains Me Going,” and “Happier,” Liverpool native Michael Nelson, aka BANNERS. returns together with his eagerly-awaited new EP I Want I Was Flawless, I’m Not, alongside the mesmerising new single “In Your Universe.”
Marking his first assortment of latest music because the 2021 EP It’s Gonna Be OK, which has since garnered greater than 20 million streams since its launch, I Want I Was Flawless, I’m Not goals to cement the following daring step inside his glittering profession up to now.
Talking concerning the new EP, he says, “I skilled the pandemic primarily by myself and I spent numerous that tearing myself aside in entrance of the mirror. I believe, throughout that point, all people’s trauma surfaced in sudden methods, and this was the best way my mind determined to do it. This EP is a mini celebration of me popping out the opposite facet and being at peace with my imperfections. And being a lot happier due to that.”
Showcased by the brand new providing “In Your Universe,” his newest reduce appears for example the nice and cozy and welcoming texture he has injected into his latest EP. With its heat and tender textures and explosive crescendo, completely measured in opposition to his personal elevated voice, he caps off this section in his repertoire with a superbly endearing delight.
Including about “In Your Universe”, he says, “I believe this track appears like falling in love. The explosion of it. Feeling just like the universe has created this lovely factor for you and all you’ll ever want is to be someplace in that ambiance.”
I WISH I WAS FLAWLESS, I’M NOT EP TRACK LISTING
1. Completely Damaged
2. Retains Me Going
3. In Your Universe
6. Miles Away
BANNERS additionally lately introduced a UK headline tour, the Completely Damaged tour, kicking off in Scotland at Glasgow’s Oran Mor on February 18th. The twelve-date tour visits key cities throughout the nation together with London’s Scala on February twenty third. Full record of dates under. Tickets are on sale HERE
18 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
20 – Birmingham, The O2 Institute
21 – Bristol, Thekla
22 – Manchester, Gorilla
23 – London, Scala
25 – Brighton, Patterns
26 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
27 – Cambridge, Cambridge Junction
28 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
2 – Sheffield, The Leadmill
3 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Membership
4 – Newcastle, The Cluny
Award-winning singer-songwriter Michael Nelson, who data below the moniker BANNERS, has a staggering 1.5 billion streams to his title up to now – not unhealthy for a lad from Liverpool who started his musical profession within the metropolis’s well-known cathedral.
Michael was simply seven years previous when he began what he describes as his “musical apprenticeship” in his residence metropolis, singing daily after faculty in one of many UK’s most well-known cathedrals. “It was like a full-time job,” he laughs from his residence in Liverpool, having moved again there lately after a spell in Toronto, Canada. “When all my pals in school have been watching like Terminator 2 or Again To The Future, I used to be simply singing songs from the 1600s! It was actually, actually exhausting work but it surely was such a superb coaching floor for me. Everybody was simply so pleased with singing in that constructing that you simply gave it your all. It was an exquisite schooling.”
Michael sang within the choir till he was 15, after which era he began to spend time at Liverpool’s well-known Parr Avenue Studios after faculty and at weekends, hanging round musicians at any time when he had the chance.
Nelson’s father is well-known document producer Ken Nelson, who produced albums for the likes of Coldplay, Gomez, and Badly Drawn Boy. “I keep in mind going to the studio and simply being enthralled by all of it,” he recollects. “I knew that was the place I wanted to be for the remainder of my life.” Michael noticed his father working with bands and began to consider the craft of songwriting for the primary time. “I began to jot down songs. At first, I wrote a couple of for a lady I had a crush on,” he says, laughing about his early teenage ventures in songwriting. “After that, I additionally began doing a little backing vocals within the studio and began to attempt to discover my very own path on this enterprise.”
He went on to play any and each open mic night time he might in London and throughout the Northwest, but it surely was an opportunity journey together with his father to Toronto that proved life-changing for the musician. “I used to be in the midst of nowhere on this studio in Canada, in like -30 diploma situations,” he laughs. “I used to be making cups of tea for the blokes within the studio as per, however I began to fulfill a bunch of musicians whom I jammed with and we had one thing,” he remembers of his time on the market. After returning residence, he saved in contact with the musicians and determined to avoid wasting up to return on the market as quickly as he had the prospect. Working any and each job he might discover, he saved the cash, flew out a couple of months later and began his first critical makes an attempt at skilled songwriting.
Inside a short while, Toronto taught him find out how to “navigate the enterprise of music” and offered a wealth of alternatives for younger artists like him to make their title. A demo CD he made discovered its strategy to Grammy-nominated producer Stephen Kozmeniuk (Koz). A short while later, his first single shot straight to primary on the choice radio charts in Canada, garnering 10 million Spotify streams nearly in a single day. Quickly, he discovered himself signed to a serious label and invited to carry out on Jimmy Kimmel Stay. “What was mad about that efficiency,” he says laughing, “was that I’d not likely performed a variety of gigs earlier than that. It was like my tenth gig possibly! I used to be nonetheless on the level the place I used to be in my bed room, writing songs and immediately I used to be thrust into this world at full velocity. It was a loopy, unreal time.”
His ascent didn’t cease there. He grew to become a family title in North America and Canada, had a viral TikTok second together with his track ‘Somebody To You’ that led to him incomes 15 million engagements every day (a determine that’s nonetheless rising) and his music amassed over 1.5 billion streams. ‘Somebody To You’, additionally went Platinum and Gold in a number of international locations and he appeared on American Idol as a mentor to the contestants.
He’s Liverpool’s best-kept secret proper now, however that received’t final for lengthy. It is going to solely be a matter of time earlier than town has one other musical hero to name its personal.