William Doyle is steadily creating his own way in the British musical landscape. Under the name East India Youth, Doyle has shown that electronic music can be exciting and surprising. And a surprise we had when the suited songwriter sat down at a piano for a secret set during End of the Road Festival.
Proving that he is as comfortable in front of an acoustic instrument than a midi controller, Doyle played for the assembled crowd melancholic song "Don't Look Backwards" from his latest XL-released album Culture of Volume.
Doyle said of the set: "Hopefully the songs are strong enough that they don't need all the production all the time to succeed. That's sort of the idea of what I do anyway - that if you strip back all the stuff at least there'll be some semblance of a half-decent song. That's what I was trying to put a spotlight on."
Judging by the crowd reaction, he succeeded. Watch above.
East India Youth is currently on tour and is playing Coventry and Leeds on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2015. Buy tickets on his website.