I first heard the music of Mr Floyd Larry on the Janglepop Hub music blog and was immediately taken by its haunting vocals and ethereal, chiming guitars. It’s a bit of a cross between the indie electro-pop of Nation of Language and the guitar work of my recent guest Eric Maynes of Saves the Witch. Digging a little deeper, I found Mr Floyd Larry to be a sensitive and prolific songwriter with a full length album and several singles under his belt. Curious about his influences and his musical process, I recently got in touch with Mr Floyd Larry to ask a few questions.   

How long have you been making music, and what got you into it?

I’ve been making music since summer of 2018, so roughly three-and-a-half years. I saw a video about how Steve Lacy made music on his phone, so I did the same. I downloaded Garageband and got to work. I decided to pick up an electric guitar a year later (2019) as I started realizing I wanted to achieve an indie-band like sound. After getting comfortable with my guitar, I decided to get a bass and here I am.

Wow… That was fast! Do you produce your own tracks? What’s your process?

Yes! I produce, mix, and master all my tracks myself! I usually start by creating the beat for the beat for the tracks. After I get done playing everything and structuring the song, then I start the mixing process to clean up the overall sound.

Speaking of sound, your music has an ethereal, dreamlike quality, but some of your songs also have a funky edge. How did you come by this sound, and who are some of your musical influences?

When I create music, my focus is the feeling it brings because music is how I express myself. My main influences are Beach Fossils, Dream Ivory, Inner Wave, Steve Lacy, Pretty Sick and so much more. I get influenced by every artist around me as well.

I’m also curious about your guitar tones. There’s really something hypnotic about your playing, and I noticed a few effects pedals pictured on some of your album art. What effects do you use, and what do you like about them?

The pedals I use are a Compressor sustainer pedal (by Boss), British sound pedal (by JOYO), Chorus Ensemble pedal (By Boss), Reverb Pedal (by MXR), and Delay Pedal by (Flamma). I love everything about these pedals, I love the dissonance and distortion it produces.

You have an album coming soon—February 22, to be exact. Or, numerically, 2/22/22. Is the date significant to you?

Yes, this date has a certain significance to me. These numbers are supposed to represent that I’m on the right path in life. 22222 is supposed to convey a message about keeping up faith. This will be a big release for me, and the release date just adds some more luck toward my music career

Can you say a little bit about the album?

The album is an experience! You can expect to hear a lot of bass heavy songs while being melodic. There will be one feature on the album. My goal for this album was to achieve a very happy sound while keeping a sad undertone in the lyrics. I wanted it to feel as if you’re having an out of body experience while listening. The album is roughly 40 minutes long so you’re in for a treat.

The punk aspect of Dream Punk is interesting, and I definitely hear a punk influence in some of your earlier songs like “Moving On.” The bass on that one gives it a Joy Division feel. What is it about punk that attracts you?

I love the energy punk brings! Something about the overall vibe and sound is very intriguing. From the fast tempos to simple riffs, to power chords and shouted vocals. I thought it was crazy that such a simple song structure can create such a sound.

In addition to your music, I was also intrigued by your name—specifically the “Mr” at the beginning. I also noticed that your Twitter mentions that you don’t exist. It’s all a bit mysterious! What’s it all about? Are you playing with the notion of identity in some way—what it means to be an artist or a performer in today’s world?

Okay, so I made the name Floyd Larry around 2012-13. I came up with name as joke for video games because I thought it’d be funny. The name comes from the main characters Lloyd and Harry from Dumb and Dumber, the comedy film. I added the “Mr” to give the name more of an identity. As for the “I don’t exist” portion, yes it does play into performers today but also towards your average person. We live in a society where you can feel alone at times while being surrounded by the ones you love. It can feel as if you don’t exist in the world.

Do you get many opportunities to play live? If so, what does your live show look like?

I haven’t had the opportunity to perform yet, but when I do. I have the feeling that my performances will include lots of smiles, dancing, and shouting.

What are your plans after the new album drops?

After I drop this new album, I plan to start my merch line, networking with people in the music industry, playing live shows, and just continuing to grow as an artist.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, Mr Floyd Larry! Good luck with the new album!

Mr. Floyd Larry

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