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This is M. 

In 2015, Berkeley, California songwriter Kyle Terrizzi, who had been writing and performing music in the Bay Area as The Plastic Arts since 2009, immersed himself in the I Ching -- an ancient Chinese book of divination and philosophy. The spiritual awakening that followed inspired him to abandon his previous work and launch an entirely new creative life as M. the Heir Apparent.

“It was like a key turning in my brain,” says Terrizzi. “Finding that book felt like encountering my true self for the first time.”

In the few years since, Terrizzi has been on a journey, and he’d like to take you on one too…

With the release of his debut EP as M. the Heir Apparent, Be Free, in 2016, Terrizzi began making the music and videos he felt compelled to create by something the songwriter can’t quite name. Call it mysticism, call it fate. Terrizzi knows this much: the calling is an urgent one, and -- not unlike an ancient touchstone of Eastern philosophy -- it’s much, much bigger than him.

Now, with his new EP, Save Yourself, Terrizzi reflects this renewed sense of purpose through another age-old, sacred object: the pop song. Recorded and produced by frequent collaborator Gawain Mathews, Save Yourself is a self-revelatory record, packed with confessional lyrics; bright, plaintive vocals; and melodies that curl up inside your head and stay for days. But it’s also a manifesto of sorts -- both a look at where Terrizzi has been, and a clear-eyed glimpse into the future.

“It may sound grandiose,” says Terrizzi, “but what I’m honestly striving to do is take the pop song and raise it to the level of high art.

Armed with only his voice and guitar, Terrizzi has shared the stage with artists as dynamic and diverse as Jon Bellion, Cody Simpson, Tennis, Laura Gibson, Matt Pond PA, Holly Miranda, David Ryan Harris, Gracie & Rachel, and many, many, many more.

His most recent singles, “Time of War” and “The Fall of Rome,” were released on MLK Day and President’s Day respectively, and are available now everywhere good digital music is sold and streamed.

Terrizzi will also be supporting Matt Nathanson on the west coast leg of his upcoming U.S. tour in March 2019. Tickets and more info available at http://thisismxoxo.com/tour.