‘Very impressed’ – Gary Crowley -BBC Radio
‘So uplifting’ – Shell Zenner – BBC Radio
‘Wonderful debut album…that deserves to be heard.’ Jim Gellatly – Amazing Radio
Michael Hyland is a songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and audio producer from Aberdeen, now residing in London.
Hailing from Aberdeen/Scotland, Michael is a songwriter and producer. His music’s been broadcast on stations including BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and BBC London. Performing as an instrumentalist and front-man with many bands, he has supported acts including Maximo Park, Bombay Bicycle Club, Real Estate and the Mystery Jets, from New York’s Bowery Ballrooms to London’s Brixton Academy.
Reflecting a love of classic groups such as Buffalo Springfield, Love, The Byrds, Steely Dan and Television, there’s a beautiful mix of textures to discover within his music, all held together with intricate arrangements, an open-hearted singular voice and a love of melody.
Starting his musical life in a variety of bands in Scotland, Michael played with an eclectic mix of groups from jazz combos to rock, punk and salsa; even a Frank Zappa cover band. His first song was broadcast on local radio aged 14 and he spent the remainder of his teenage years gigging and recording with bands in Scotland before moving to London.
With a long standing obsessive love of recording and production, Michael has charted his life through recording songs starting on four track tape as a teenager, often playing all the instruments himself. Hundreds of recordings have been ammased over the years, but ony a few yet released.
Michael played bass with the alt-indie pop group Stricken City who enjoyed success touring the world including shows at SXSW. He co-wrote and produced their second LP ‘Losing Colour’ which was released by New York label ‘The Kora Records’ receiving favourable reviews, national radio broadcasts and synchs on several TV shows.
After ‘Stricken City’, Michael started his own band called Manistone self-releasing their debut LP ‘Everyone Has Their Time’ in 2017 A number of tracks from the album were picked up for broadcasts on stations including BBC 6 Music. The record was written and produced by Michael who also performed the majority of the instruments. A 12″ 180 gram vinyl of the album was sold in shops such as Rough Trade and a new gigging line-up came together to support the release with London shows.
In 2021 Michael began releasing new material under his own name with a few singles teased out early in 2021 and a new LP due out 1st October 2021. Plenty more music is in the pipeline.