A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with London’s Billy Cullum about his debut single Back To My Youth, skipping on his bum, artists he loves, and all-time favourite pop tunes! We’d like to thank Billy once again for giving us his answers.
AMBY: Hello Billy Cullum! Please introduce yourself to AMBY.
Billy Cullum: Hello! My name is Billy Cullum and I’m a singer/songwriter from London. I started writing when I was about 16 after trying to learn Vanessa Carlton’s ‘A Thousand Miles’ on the piano and about 7 years later here I am releasing my own material – scary and fun times.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Billy Cullum: I always find it hard describing my sound but I think what I am potentially aiming for is atmospheric, majestic Pop music. I’m still developing the sound and I think it will head to possibly a darker more haunting sound but we’ll see.
AMBY: Your debut single Back To My Youth will be released on September 16th. What’s the song about?
Billy Cullum: It’s a nostalgic song looking back at a simpler time. I always get frustrated that I’m not as young as I once was…I think I get jealous that you’ve got you’re whole life ahead of you back then. This song is a sort of celebration of ‘youth’ and the desire to keep hold of the wild, unknown nature of it but also looks at the daunting, lonely side of growing up.
AMBY: How did you create the concept for the joyful Back To My Youth video?
Billy Cullum: Me and Steve Glashier (the director) literally wanted to create something simple and fun. I wanted the song to really be at the forefront, so by doing one shot you don’t get distracted, it pulls you in more. Everyone in the video are mates from school or work. As the song grows, the energy on screen grows as more people join in with the celebration. Sort of a small festival vibe in the end i guess?
AMBY: What’s next as far as recording goes?
Billy Cullum: I’m fine tuning songs and still writing with Alex Bakker in Bristol so I will be releasing some new material shortly. I’m also being put into some writing/producing sessions with some really exciting people courtesy of Sony Music which is very exciting.
AMBY: Who have you been listening to this summer?
Billy Cullum: I’m in love with Lorde at the moment, her EP is literally on loop on my iPod. Also I’m addicted to ‘Renaissance Girls’ by Oh Land – the video is perfection!
AMBY: You list some of your influences as The Police, Florence + the Machine, and Peter Gabriel. But if you could hang out with any one of your influences for a day, who would you be with and what would you do?
Billy Cullum: I would like to hang out with Florence for sure. Maybe record a duet and make a home-made video of the duet dancing in the woods with coloured smoke bombs. That would be epic.
AMBY: What’s your all-time favourite pop tune?
Billy Cullum: Hmm that question is too hard! I can’t say I have a favourite song because there’s too many with different reasons why they mean something to me or why I love them. ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurythmics is a killer and ‘Shake It Off’ by Florence + the Machine is one of my faves. There’s a song by Vanessa Carlton called ‘Who’s to say’ which I listen to constantly but I have many more songs I love….there’s too much to write.
AMBY: What’s the best song of the year?
Billy Cullum: Young & Beautiful by Lana Del Rey has to be one of my favourites from the The Great Gatsby Soundtrack. It’s so haunting and stunning. Oh and ‘Falling’ by Haim is a close second.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Billy Cullum that nobody knows yet?
Billy Cullum: I can skip on my bum?
Thank you Billy Cullum, for giving us your answers!