Next week Billy Lockett will perform for the Music Venue Trust’s ‘Fightback’ gig at The Roundhouse in Camden. It’s an important gig as it will raise awareness of venue closures… and if we want to encourage talent like Billy Lockett to flourish then keeping these venues running is crucial!
So we got lucky a couple of weeks ago as we were able to convince Billy to come to the basement of Zigfrid von Underbelly in Hoxton Square to perform a couple of songs for our SoundCheck series.
But first the chat!
Disorder: What are you working on right now?
Billy Lockett: I am currently working on my debut album; I started writing it two years ago and am close to the finish line.
D: What people, places or things inspire you?
BL: I think relationships are the biggest influence, that might seem cliché but I feel people and relationships – whether they are partners, family or even enemies – are the most impactful things in life. For me they are.
D: What artists turn you on?
BL: I love Einaudi’s music; he's a modern piano composer. His music changed the way I play. It showed me music isn't about complex chords or technical skill, it's completely about feeling and how a combo of chords actually makes you feel.
D: What is your ultimate ambition? / Who do you want to be when you grow up?
BL: My ultimate aspiration is to have an album that can make everyone feel the way I felt when I was writing it. I don't want to be the next anyone, I want to be the first me.
D: What got you started (the secret of your success)?
BL: My dad got me started with music and was always the main drive in the early days. I think success shouldn't be about stats or chart positions; it should be about loving what you're doing and having a good time with music. The moment you started trying to be successful and stressing over it, is the time it starts going bad.
D: What has been the biggest surprise/lesson along the way?
BL: The biggest surprise/lesson has been realising that to find your sound you have to stop looking too hard and do what you naturally do because that is always the most honest and real way of doing anything – it always has the best results.
D: Who was your first crush?
BL: My first crush was the ginger girl from Girls Aloud. Honestly can't even remember her name haha.
D: Who are your favourite fictional heroes?
BL: My favourite fictional character is Spider-Man. God knows why!
D: What/where do you like to eat or drink?
BL: I like to drink at Spiritual Bar in Camden; it's the best place for live music and good company in London by far!
D: Where do you feel most yourself?
BL: I feel most myself when I'm writing. Feels a bit cliché, but it's the only time I can properly open up.
D: When are you at your worst? / What is your worst trait?
BL: I'm at my worst when I can't fix a song – drives me mad sometimes. I worked on 'Wide Eyed' for nearly four months before finishing it, and it's only 2 mins long haha.
D: What would you most like to change in the world?
BL: I would love to change the way the school system teaches kids that they are useless if they aren't good at any subject on a curriculum.
D: What talent do you wish you had?
BL: I wish I could do me a gut-wrenching solo on a guitar.
D: What is your dominant characteristic?
BL: My dominant characteristics are my piano, my hair, my Joshua Kane jackets and my Jeffery West shoes.
D: What do you appreciate most in your friends?
BL: Thing I most appreciate about my friends is their brutal honesty.
D: What innovation/invention do you love most?
BL: My favourite invention is the Hoover. I love hoovers I have six – two from the 1960s.
D: What is your idea of happiness?
B: Dominoes, cats, tea and Can't Pay? We’ll Take It Away! (my favourite show).
D: What is your present state of mind?
BL: Pretty cheery as I've just seen Jack Whitehall live.
D: What would you do if you were not doing this?
BL: If I wasn't doing this, I'd probably be a snooker player.
Sound Engineer: Bobby Latter
Thanks to Zigfrid von Underbelly