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William Doyle (born 29 January 1991), formerly known by his stage name East India Youth, is an electronic musician originally from Bournemouth, England.[1] His debut album, Total Strife Forever, was released by Stolen Recordings on 13 January 2014.[2][3] It was nominated for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize Album of the Year award,[4] as well as the Independent Album of the Year award at the 2014 AIM Independent Music Awards.[5]

East India Youth
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Background information
Birth nameWilliam Martin Doyle
Also known asEast India Youth
Born (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 28)
Bournemouth, Dorset
United Kingdom[1]
GenresElectronic, synthpop, ambient, experimental, IDM
Years active2012–2016 (as East India Youth), 2016-present (as William Doyle)
LabelsStolen Recordings
XL Recordings

The name East India Youth derived from the East India Docks area in East London, where Doyle lived during the writing of Total Strife Forever, an album influenced by Tim Hecker, Brian Eno and Harold Budd.[6] And the Youth part: "That's because this place was the start of something new for me; I was creatively reborn".[7] The flat he shared was also colloquially known as the "youth hostel", owing to friends – and friends of friends – staying over on a regular basis. It's for this reason his first EP was titled Hostel. Doyle was previously lead singer of indie band Doyle and the Fourfathers.[7]

On 27 January 2015, it was announced that Doyle had signed with XL Recordings and that his second album would be called Culture of Volume. The album was released on 6 April 2015; the name of the album comes from a fragment of verse from the poem "Monument" by Rick Holland.[8]

On 19 February 2016, Doyle announced that he would be taking an indefinite hiatus from his East India Youth moniker. In a lengthy post published on his website, Doyle stated that it was time to take a break from the project and no more shows are planned for the foreseeable future.[9]

Doyle continues to release music - now under his own name, including the 2016 ambient album the dream derealised. In early 2017 he supported Sohn on tour in the US and in UK/Europe. Doyle released a 2nd instrumental solo album "Near Future Residence" on 11 December 2018.


Year Album details Peak chart positions
2014 Total Strife Forever 85
2015 Culture of Volume 50


  1. ^ a b "East India Youth – Free Listening, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  2. ^ "East India Youth – Total Strife Forever : Festivalrykten". Festivalrykten. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Total Strife Forever Reviews – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Mercury Prize 2014: The nominees – BBC News". 10 September 2014.
  5. ^ "FKA Twigs, East India Youth, Future Islands nominated for AIM Independent Music Awards". 13 August 2014.
  6. ^ Riccardo Zagaglia (19 March 2015). "East India Youth biography" (in Italian).
  7. ^ a b Kate Hutchinson (18 January 2014). "East India Youth: giving a face, and a flowery shirt, to electronic music". The Guardian.
  8. ^ "East India Youth signs with XL Recordings, announces new album CULTURE OF VOLUME". 27 January 2015.
  9. ^ "THE END OF THE ROAD". East India Youth. 19 February 2016.
  10. ^ EAST INDIA YOUTH | Official Charts Company, Retrieved 2015-04-25.

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