‘…he is no one trick pony, he is an artist with staying power and true musical ability.”
– Bitter Sweet Symphonies
Scott Lloyd is fast becoming one of the most significant singer-songwritersin Manchester. Starting his musical days in his hometown of Middlesbrough, he moved to Manchester permanently in 2011 after studying music at MMU Cheshire.
His main musical influences come from American, Folk singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s. Having a sound that has been liked to artists such as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. His songwriting and lyrical style brings out elements that make him stand out and very authentic against a mainly ‘band based’music scene.
‘…a track that could have been written by Johnny Cash but sung like he’d been born in the North…’
– Ralph’s Life (on the track ‘Lock The Door’)
In June 2013, Scott independently released his first EP entitled ‘Long Live You EP’. The EP was almost completely acoustic; playing, writing and recording the whole thing himself. This EP gained Scott a lot of strong praise from reviewers, critics and bloggers, instantly putting him on Manchester’s musical map.
Less than a year later in 2014, Scott released his second EP, ‘The Northern Gate EP’, which was met with equally as much gratification from listeners as his first release. Scott explored different arrangements and instruments for this EP, showing him as a multi-talented musician with many strings to his bow. This EP also saw the first music video from Scott, for the song Lock The Door. On the 10th November 2014 Scott released his third EP entitled ‘Give Me Something’. A music video for the opening track, ‘God I Say’, was unveiled along with this. Scott went on his first UK tour in December 2014 visiting Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, London and a special homecoming gig in Middlesbrough.
‘Scott Lloyd’s debut shows that he has the talent to make it, and on occasion this ep is beautiful, captivating even.’
– Backseat Mafia
As well as releasing music, Scott has gigged relentlessly around the North of England over recent years. From open mic nights to festivals to sharing the stage with living legends, Scott has made his way around the circuit numerous times. In 2014 he played at Manchester’s famous Dot To Dot Festival, playing to a full house at The Thirsty Scholar. In 2013 he supported the legendary Terry Reid at the Blue Cat Cafe in Stockport. Terry was a major player in the British singer-songwriter scene of the 70s and was the man who introduced Robert Plant to Jimmy Page before Led Zeppelin. On Boxing Day 2014 he support Young Rebel Set, performing to a sell out crowd at KU Bar in Stockton-on-Tees.
It’s plain to see that Scott Lloyd is really someone to keep your eye on. His raw, authentic and exciting sound proves he can be a really great asset to the British singer-songwriter scene.