Just over a month ago, we shared with you the debut single from London boy Billy Cullum. It was a single that had a cool, summer festival vibe and made us positively giddy with excitement for Billy’s possible future releases. So whilst we wait for that to happen, here’s a little Q&A with the man himself, where he talks about Back To My Youth, his evident love for Florence + The Machine and the fact that he’s a Buffy geek!
What inspired Back To My Youth?
Billy: I actually woke up in the middle of the night with the hook in my head. I went to my computer and started to record it at about 4 in the morning. It turned into this nostalgic anthem of youth and growing up. It’s about the wild and wonderful nature of youth but touches on the lonely world of it too. It’s definitely a celebration.
Describe your music in one sentence…
Billy: It’s atmospheric, majestic pop music.
Who are your musical influences?
Billy: 90’s pop music has to be in there somewhere because I grew up in that era. Artists such as Hurts, Bat for Lashes, Florence + the Machine influence me in terms of the soundscape of their music, they’re not afraid to make it big. Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, and Kate Bush creep in too, as I grew up with my dad blaring that music when he’d get home on friday after a week of work.
What do you think is the best album ever written?
Billy: Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials album is just flawless I think.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Billy: The best gig i’ve been to was probably Hackney Weekend 2012 with Rihanna headlining. Azealia Banks was out of this world!
If you could duet with anyone, who would it be?
Billy: I love Annie Lennox. I think her voice is unreal and her theatricality would be an experience to collaborate with.
What TV show would you like to hear your music featured on?
Billy: That’s a wicked question. I’m obsessed with Breaking Bad at the moment but I don’t think my music would slot in somehow haha! If Buffy the Vampire Slayer was still on I would’ve given anything to be playing at The Bronze…i’m a Buffy geek.
Where in the world do you most want to perform?
Billy: Coachella festival in California would be a dream of mine, as well as all the British festivals.
What’s your fondest musical memory?
Billy: Do you know what? Hearing Back To My Youth in its full glory was pretty special. I also think when I first taught myself piano by copying Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles was definitely a musical moment – it’s from that moment on I began to write my own music.
What are you listening to right now?
Billy: The new EP by Lorde is on repeat as well as the Paper Crows EP Changing Colours. Renaissance Girls by Oh Land is amazing too – I can’t stop watching the video!