Despite only emerging a mere nine months ago, Irish singer-songwriter Somebody’s Child has already made a huge impression on the international music scene. With his first two singles Toes and Make You Alright garnering more than 7million streams collectively, he has now returned with his latest toe-tapping indie-rock smash Distance .
So with the frontman hotter than the surface of the sun right now, we decided to sit down with him to find out more about his influences and inspirations, his plans for the rest of the year, and what we can expect from his shows at Reading & Leeds this weekend.
What was the first album you bought?
The first album I ever bought, if I remember correctly, was Eminem’s Curtain Call.
You’re playing the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds this weekend, how have you found English crowds fare against Irish ones?
So far my experience of English crowds has been great. You know, it’s always difficult starting to play somewhere new where your profile isn’t going to be as big as what you might be used to at home. It’s challenging convincing a crowd who don’t know you that you’re worth listening to, but from what I have been told, the English seem to have a real love for live music and so far that has shown. All I can do is hope the reaction stays as strong!
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?
I don’t like to dwell on artists for too long as they can start to filter into my songwriting too much, but there have been a few over the years who have managed to stick. Arctic Monkeys occupied 2 or 3 years of my life I reckon. The Stone Roses have managed to ink their way onto my skin. After that, The Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Paolo Nutini, The War On Drugs, Joy Division, Mount Kimbie, Four Tet, Bon Iver, Amy Winehouse and many more have come up in one way or another in my music. Whether other people recognise that or not, I don’t know. I just hope it’s not too obvious.
Tell us about your new track Distance, we love the video!
Distance is a coming-of-age song about young love. It is an attempt to resurface old memories for whoever is listening. It touches on themes of innocence and arrogance that come with being young, dumb and in love. For me, it’s a driving anthem that threads the line between expectation and reality. The video tells a story which matches all of these things that are somehow personal to each of us. We’ve all had social problems and girl or boy troubles that the video relates to. The producer Danilo did a great job in capturing them in film
What can we expect from you for the rest of 2019?
With Reading and Leeds this weekend, and Electric Picnic in Ireland next weekend, that will end our festival run. We have another release planned for the 3rd of October, and a tour with All Tvvins around Ireland in October, which we’re really looking forward to. Aside from that, we have some other stuff pencilled in but it’s difficult to say which ones will come into fruition this far in advance.
Somebody’s Child’s latest single Distance is available to stream and download now, and you can catch him on the BBC Introducing Stage at this year’s Reading & Leeds festivals. Check out the new video for Distance below.