Pop enigma David's Lyre not 'holding back'

Pop prospect David's Lyre has said he chose his name because he is "not a fan of cheap publicity stunts based around people's private lives".

The solo artist, whose real name is Paul Dixon, has been tipped for success with his single, In Arms.

He said that while he was using an alter-ego, it was not because he wanted to disguise anything musically.

He said he did not think he was "holding anything back, more just trying to keep a low personal profile".

The singer, who is originally from London, came to Manchester to study at university a couple of years ago and has since "been writing, recording and touring; generally just having a lot of fun".

While studying, he recorded some songs and was played on BBC Introducing in Manchester, but that was under his own name.

He said that using the name David's Lyre was simply about marking out his new songs.

"I started making a new type of music and needed a fresh start and a new name to go with it.

"I wanted the project to be about the songs, rather than who it was playing them.

"It hasn't seemed to have backfired yet."

That approach has carried through into the video for his single, In Arms, which is an entirely animated affair.

The singer said the choice to make it that way came from finding "a great short film animation which fitted the song extremely well".

"We asked for permission to re-edit it and they were really into what I was doing.

Image caption David's Lyre is the alter-ego of singer Paul Dixon

"It all came together really well."

His tracks have turned many music industry heads and, with features in national press and a Radio 1 session for Huw Stephens already under his belt, chances are high that he will fulfil the promise he has shown both under his own name and as David's Lyre.

Before he does though, he has a tour to complete, which means travelling to both London and Manchester for shows.

As he has spent time in both cities, he might be thought to have split loyalties, but he said that the reality was quite different.

"I was brought up in London and moved to Manchester for university and currently split my time between the two.

"So I guess I'm fortunate enough to feel like two dates on the tour are homecomings."

David's Lyre plays London's Heaven on Tuesday 16 February and Manchester's Night and Day on Thursday 18

In Arms is out on Hideout on Monday 21 February

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