MASS!VE DYNAMICAfter winning two awards at a worldwide remix competition in 2015 for his drum ‘n’ bass reimagining of Zanga’s “I Need You,” and the self-release of several tracks, British progressive rock multi-instrumentalist Benedict Harris-Hayes returns with his project MASS!VE DYNAMIC (stylized as M!D!) and the upcoming, debut album, Progress, releasing the first song and music video, “Let Me Sing For You.”
The album is a 13-track journal through hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, dub/reggae, EDM-trap, chillhouse, trip hop, bass house, and more, inspired by Harris-Hayes’ travels throughout Asia before the pandemic and the writing at home that followed.
“I feel that writing Progress is quite an achievement, considering I wrote and arranged most of the album on the road while traveling throughout Asia in late 2019, 2020. Equally, what I am proud of is that this all came together during a pandemic. The guests I have on the record are from all across the globe. That’s a heck of a thing to do in these strange times … and I feel this community of artists helped me grow as a songwriter and producer. It’s a true worldwide affair and just shows how small the world is when it unites for art,” he says.
“I cannot underestimate what traveling throughout other parts of the world has done for me over the years. Embracing all those different styles of music really sparked a different approach to writing things on this record. It’s not immediately obvious, but this album is as much influenced by Western genres and artists, as it is by styles such Gamelan, Nurthi, and hearing tons of music I’d never usually come across at home.
“The different rhythms, the non-Western melodies, and the different instrumentation just swept away my cobwebs of musical inactivity and allowed me to freely write what is effectively my ‘pop record’ without restraint!”
The project acts as a tribute to all the music and creative that have brought Harris-Hayes joy over the years, looking to return that joy with his music.
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