On our second Syncr Spotlight, we speak to rising Birmingham artist Felix Shepherd.
We first heard Felix Shepherd with his amazing debut ‘Always Been’, a brilliantly crafted tune about an on-off relationship, detailing its little arguments and frustrations via memorable melodies. “It’s basically the concept of it always being that one person – you always go back to them.” Lyrically, he excels at painting pictures, starting the track with the memorable lines “Tryna tie my shoes, but I can’t make the loop, I’m trippin’ over you, oh its bad…”
His E.P Polar Points was released soon after and saw him experimenting with more electronic sounds and styles. “It’s something that has always interested me” he says, adding that it’s “definitely” going to play more of a part in his upcoming music.
The songs on the record are personal, drawing from his life experiences and “the people I meet, places I see and all the new music I hear.” Much of the inspiration comes from his native city, Birmingham. “The scene [there] is actually amazing.” “I’ve been getting so much support over the last few years, but recently I have been overwhelmed with all the love.” This encouragement has extended to a nomination for the Rising Star award at the Birmingham Music Awards.
While he’s “a huge fan” Birmingham’s Grafton Ash, he also praises Irish Singer-Songwriter James Vincent McMorrow as an influence. “He thinks out of the box. His albums all sound different, but they’ve got his sound.” In a similar way, Polar Points sees Shepherd experiment with new sounds and ideas while still remaining uniquely him, with the tracks working cohesively despite their differences.
While he’s “gigging like crazy” as more people discover him, you can check out the E.P below and get excited for the new material he’s currently writing and recording.