July 10th, 2019
What makes you different to any other artist out there?
I don’t really think of myself that way, in terms of comparing myself to other artists. I’ll find inspiration from other artists though, but I think the biggest difference is probably that my music is really focused on telling some kind of story. My earlier stuff was about love, but recently I’ve been writing about the human condition, basically anything that I think may be universal. If people like left of centre pop and want something that dives into philosophy and different ways of thinking about age old problems they might like my stuff.
You’ve been a model alongside a musician – how have the professional worlds mirrored and differed for you?
At first they were pretty contradictory to each other, I found that it was hard trying to be a model and a musician and figuring out which one I was supposed to be. As time has gone by and I’ve grown and matured I think each industry has respected the other more. I’m both a model and a musician and always have been, so it’s nice to see that there is mutual recognition.
You’re a maverick on the piano – how did this instrumental love affair come about?
Thank you. I was about 12 I think when I really got into it. One day my mum brought an electric piano home and I started lessons, I was just really gripped by it and loved losing myself in it.
List the reasons why playing the piano is quite simply the best!
It’s a universal instrument, once you understand the piano and how it works, it’s easier to understand music and how it works. Because the keys are all out in front of you, you learn where pitches are and can use that skill to create harmonies vocally. It’s kind of the grandfather of music. It’s also a beautiful instrument with tons of history behind it. Also, it’s sexy.
How would you sum up your music?
I tell stories. I find things that are unique to me and I write about them, usually they are problems I’m dealing with or thoughts about life. I find that type of topic to be much more interesting to me than writing the same love songs over and over, but I do write those too when the time calls for it. Sonically it’s left of centre alt. pop. I take cues from Radiohead a lot. It’s unique stuff I think.
What’s taking place in Chapter 4, and what were the chapters leading up to this?
Chapter 4 is a story about understanding that a relationship or a specific time in your life is coming to an end. It’s a story about looking at that time as it’s happening and appreciating it for what it is.
Let’s go all philosophical – where do you see yourself by the time Chapter 10 comes about?
I never really thought of chapter 4 as a specific chapter of my life. It was just something that the song called for, but the song was autobiographical. I have no idea where I’ll be in “chapter 10“. Hopefully I’ll be happy, successful, and enjoying life.
Chapters in life that have defined you?
I think chapters are just a way to condense what is happening in someone’s life. I’ve been really fortunate to have a successful family that has been really supportive of me and my interests. I think a question like that is really hard to answer quickly. Usually a question like that is something that I would write a song about.
Quote in a book that you live by or simply admire?
I don’t read many books, but I’ve been thinking about reading more. Usually I get inspiration from watching media, television shows, or movies. I’m a big fan of storytelling, especially good storytelling. Although one of my favourite books I’ve ever read is “Flowers for Algernon.” I just really appreciate this story growing mentally and physically.
What’s been your favourite summer experiences so far this year?
Going to Japan to visit my brother and playing with Ramin Karimloo. That was amazing.
What’s on the winter wishlist for the rest of 2019?
To have a successful year, play more shows, maybe write music for tv. I’d love to see my career really start taking off and falling into my niche.
We invited you to Superdry on Regent Street recently, and loved having you! What did you pick out and make of the brand?
I had a really wonderful time, I had actually been there many years ago for modelling but wasn’t aware of that until I was there again. The brand is really cool and has some great vibes. My personal favourite is the leather jacket I got, it’s rare I can find one that actually fits me.
What’s your style advice in life?
Be present, be comfortable, be authentic.Read more
June 26th, 2019
You hail from Edinburgh, which is wear the infamous Fringe Festival takes place – so a great icebreaker is to tell us your finest joke!
What do you call a dinosaur with no eyes?
What was the pinnacle moment when music became a career reality and not just a love?
My dad said one summer “we both need a holiday but I don’t have much money; we can go to Tenerife and camp or we can drive down to the south of England, go through the lovely wee towns and go to as many gigs as we can. But we have to sleep in the car.” It was a no brainier we slept at service stations most nights and the first show we saw was Rogers Waters (Pink Floyd) at Hyde Park. My dad asked me to turn on my young puppy dog eyes and ask for two tickets from a ticket tout, and he gave us them for face value after pulling a few sad faces on haha. It was that night I thought wow, this is it! Light bulb moment, I want to be that person playing to thousands of people.
Many artists pride themselves on hard graft and good luck to get to where they are – what are key moments, stories and achievements in your path to success?
My first job after school was pushing trolleys in Tesco. I used the high viz jacket to sneak into festivals and pretend I was working there. I’d hand out demos to rockstars on the hope they would listen. I had a few drinks at T in the Park in Scotland with Kings of Leon backstage and managed to jump on stage to 80k people during the REM performance! I’ve always been willing to go to extreme lengths to have my music heard ha!
How would you best describe your sound?
Autobiographical, therapeutic, popular music.
How did you handle London when you moved to the capital? Tell us some highs and lols and lows of the city!
I soon realised that I was going around in circles staying in Scotland hoping that someone would walk into a pub and see me play. Every night I’d wait and watch hoping he was the guy that was going to catapult me to where I wanted to be. I realised quickly it was all down to me. So I moved to London, got a job washing dishes at a posh pub and got sacked one week after Christmas. I think I was too common for the owner ha.
Most surreal moment of your career to date?
Glastonbury! I played my song ‘Some Heroes Don’t Wear Capes’-a song about my dad. He was in the audience and I burst into tears half way through the song. It was a moment I’ll never forget! I also caught a glimpse of comedian Jimmy Carr’s forehead bouncy down at the front haha.
Talk to us about your latest single ‘Without You’…
‘Without You‘ is a song I wrote in Berlin. I had a relationship with a girl for almost ten years – we were childhood sweethearts. I decided to end the relationship for a number of reasons – it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. The song is about feeling like the weight of the world is off your shoulders one day and the next day everything is just unbearable without them. Constant ups and downs. It’s an upbeat song with a few tongue and cheek lyrics but it’s a massively personal song and every time I sing it I do feel a lot of emotion and sadness.
What can’t you live without?
Talk to us about your single Connection!
As my therapist said ‘I ran away to Berlin’ from the pain of my relationship ending. I took a guitar and a bag of clothes. Booked a hostel and after a few days found a room in a flat with 3 Buddhists. They said I needed to heal and that the only way of doing so was to connect with myself again. That’s where the original lyric came from and the song was born. It’s about connecting with new people without fear of falling in love again.
Are you any good at Connect 4? Name your favourite board games with reasons why!
Spin the bottle! I used to awkwardly suggest a game of spin the bottle between my friends when I was a teen because I wanted a snog haha! Some things never change!
Any mega stars out there you’d be wary to play chess against, and why?
I have the attention span of a 5 yr old so the thought of me sitting playing chess for 5mins is impossible to be honest!!
What characteristics does someone need to connect with Callum?
A good heart, kindness, open mindedness, and a lust for life.
You recently played The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, which is a unique seaside playground for emerging talent. If you could curate your own festival, from the landscape to the décor to the crowd to the line-up, what would Callum Beattistival be like?
Haha I would have a classic Scottish festival where I was up to my knees in farmland! Soaked to the bone on a four day bender raving to AC/DC.
We invited you to our Regent Street flagship too, and bluddy loved having you! What did you make of the brand, and what did you pick out?
Well right now I’m sitting wearing a super-dry denim shirt! I’ve had people drooling at me walking down the street so I’ve got something right! (In my dreams) I also picked a really cool biker jacket which fits me perfectly!
There’s a sense of humour and charm to your social media – in a world of ‘influencers’, what does actual influence mean to you?
The hardest thing to do it’s to be completely yourself especially in the age of social media everyone constantly watching your every move. It’s hard not to feel self-conscious at times worrying about what people might think of you. I’m influenced by people who are brave enough to be who they really are rather than trying to find as many sexy pics as possible for an ego boost and likes. It’s much more attractive to me.
Who do you look up to and why?
I look up to the likes of Billy Connolly – reading about him he had a very similar upbringing to me. Poverty as far as the UK goes and an abusive upbringing. But man did he make something of himself! And all the way through he maintained his respect and compassion for others.
Seeing as we’re going all inspirational, let’s end with a wise quote from your wise self!
A lyric I’ve always wanted to put into a song!
‘Don’t tell me the skies the limit when there’s footprints on the moon’
June 26th, 2019
You’re only 17 but achieving amazing things already – how do you balance teenage life with the music biz?
Aw thanks guys! Music is my teenage life!
What’s the school subject you excel in, and subject that goes completely over your head?
I only really excelled in music at high school, everything else I was fairly average at; I was one of the good kids at school though!
What does a typical week look like for Adam Rom?
A typical week looks like this…2-3 studio sessions, maybe a meeting or two, finishing the songs from the sessions at home, producing new songs for the next upcoming sessions, recording vocals, a vocal lesson, live practises, a photo shoot. That’s pretty much it!
How would you introduce your sound?
I would say it is…organic slightly left-field dance pop.
Who do you aspire to?
I love Justin Bieber. I think production wise I really got inspired from Mura Masa, Flume, Cashmere Cat, Louis the Child etc.
Your debut single is entitled Obvious – what’s it all about?
It’s about a relationship filled with uncertainty. One person is trying to make their feelings clear and OBVIOUS but the other half isn’t reciprocating; they are playing games.
What things are obvious no-brainers to you in life?
That dogs are the best.
What have you never been able to get your head around in life?
Why my iPhone dies when it’s at 30%!
What would be an obviously awesome summer to you?
Probably being dropped on a Greek island. That sounds like heaven.
What’s on your music career wishlist?
For this year I hope to get my first ever 1,000,000 streams, do some live performances here and hopefully travel to some other countries and perform.
You’ve got an awesome sense of style – how would you sum it up?
I’d say it’s a mixture between street wear and a sort of skater style.
We recently invited you to our Regent Street flagship – what did you make of the brand and what did you pick out?
I think the brand truly has something for everyone, that’s what I find so cool about it. I picked out some nutty stuff. I basically got a new wardrobe! Two of my favourite picks was this insane sweatshirt that was simple but had this retro feel to it and this multi coloured Camo hoodie.Read more
June 21st, 2019
Festival season is in full swing, but fear not if you haven’t been able to secure tickets to Glasto, as there’s a mighty array of other festivals in store for July that offer just as much summer punch. Here’s a few to tentyour appetite…
Let’s not kid ourselves – a music festival is just as much about the food! For those that highly regard their outdoor grub, you’ll be truly feasting at Cornbury. The Hairy Bikers have their very own pop-up festival restaurant, complete with wood fired menu offerings. As for the music line-up, it’s an eclectic mix of feel-good-folk alongside nostalgic icons (BEACH BOYS!) Situated in a picture-perfect hideaway in The Cotswolds, this festival ticks all the boxes without feeling full of itself.
Cornbury Festival takes place 5th– 7thJuly 2019
Book tickets and find out more HERE!
Filling the void that The Secret Garden Party recently left, Latitude is the artistic and spiritual sanctuary for festival goers this year. You’re encouraged to embark on a cultural safari across the arts, taking in comedy, theatre, dance and more. There’s even nearby sheep and a lake, could you ask for more!? Okay maybe you could – line-up wise there’s the other worldly Miss Lana Del Ray, through to the trash of Slaves and singalong number 1s from George Ezra. Bliss!
Latitude Festival takes place 18-21stJuly 2019
Book tickets and find out more HERE!
This boutique festival was born from a birthday barbecue – and is held on the private grounds of a Lordship – pretty cool right? Feeling like a country fair on a mega scale, the arts ‘n’ craft experience is given a seriously cool lick of paint – everything from den making to hula hooping and denim DYI’ing is up for attendance. Music wise you’re in for a treat too – Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Wolf Alice and Friendly Fires are just a few of the indie heavyweights taking to Hertfordshire!
Standon Calling takes place 25th– 28thJuly 2019
Book tickets and find out more HERE!
Straight out of the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside, Truck has gained cult status thanks to its billing of emerging acts that years later become the hottest property! For the music geek that craves an intimate festival surrounding, hop on board the truck! Headliners this year include the psychedelic Foals, and man-of-the-moment Lewis Capaldi.
Truck Festival takes place 26th– 28thJuly 2019
Book tickets and find out more HERE!
BEAT HERDER FESTIVAL
Beat Herder is hard to believe until you see it. Where stages become wonderlands, you’ll find yourself lost in its electronic wilderness within minutes of arrival. Stage names include The Fortess, Trash Manor and The Perfumed Garden – need we say more? Oh and then there’s the music – with beats from the likes of Rudimental, Groove Armada and Basement Jaxx, you’ll wonder if you ended up in the dance shed at Glasto after all!
The Beat-Herder Festival takes place 12th– 14thJuly 2019
Book tickets and find out more HERE!
May 30th, 2019
With the festival-friendly release of new single ‘You Told Me You Loved Me’, we couldn’t resist inviting Casey Lowry in for a natter. Here’s what he had to say…
Introduce yourself as if this was a dating app bio
Hi I’m Casey, I’m on tour, please date me.
Your bio says you’re a geek for gaming – what sort of life have you created on The Sims back in the day?
I just used to make my character sleep or eat all day.
What are your earliest memories connected with music?
I remember resting my head on a piano and it sounding so nice…after that all I wanted to do was play it.
Was there ever a time when your career was heading in a different direction, and how did you get into music as a profession?
Not really, I kind of suck at everything else. I wanted to be a doctor at one point then realised I hated blood.
You mentioned that when your debut single Trampoline propelled unexpectedly to the Radio 1 playlist, that you were still working the door to your gigs at the time! How did that first burst of fame and success change things and your live shows?
It provided me with a platform to jump off. Big industry people started taking notice and I got loads of free food because of it.
How do you define success?
I’m actually not sure yet, I think I connect it with happiness and stability.
If you could let fame get to your head in the most fantastical way, what would be on your fictional rider?
Goats to hang around in my dressing room until I play the show.
Should have asked this at the start really – but better late than never – how would you describe your sound!?
If you’d have asked me a year I’d have given you the most rehearsed answer ever, but I guess now I’d just call it guitar pop .
Who or what influences you?
Tragically I used to watch YouTube videos of people getting paid to travel the world and it was probably that background music.
Talk to us about your new single ‘You Told Me You Loved Me’
In short, it’s basically about how men should speak out if they ever feel a bit shit…bottling it up is not good.
Funniest date let-down/excuse you’ve been served?
“I broke my leg”.
We recently invited you into our Regent Street flagship, and loved having you. What did you make of the brand, and what did you pick out?
I loved it, loads of colours and very comfy. I picked out some dungarees and loads of shirts!
What can we expect from the rest of your summer and 2019?
Festivals, gigs….that kinda stuff. Oooooo and NEW MUSIC!