Rock Sound Magazine have unveiled Yungblud as their latest cover star! In the accompanying interview he discusses the power of young people and their desire for change, his varied musical influences and his plan to be heard by as many people as possible. Last year saw Yungblud release his debut album '21st Century Liability’ and play to crowds all over the world at festivals including Reading & Leeds, Austin City Limits, Rock Am Ring and the final Vans Warped Tour. This week Yungblud will start his huge European tour which will hit the UK in March.
On being misunderstood growing up:
“A lot of people [back home] misunderstood me. They thought I was naughty. They thought I was different. A lot of people didn’t like the way that I went about expressing myself. It was always people in power who didn’t like me speaking out or being myself. People don’t like being confronted, especially by someone younger than them."
On the power of young people:
"My generation is so intelligent. For the first time in a long time, we actually give a fuck about the world - we see a future that we want to be a part of. We’re not just some bratty kids rebelling against a system for the sake of it. It’s such a good time because we’re empowering people who the past neglected."
On his musical influences:
“Oasis were massive for me, because of the attitude and what they represented, and how outspoken they were. It felt like they were exactly like me. Then I found hip-hop and emo. When you find new genres of music, you take ownership of them. It blew my mind, and I found so much solace in it. I would listen to artists like My Chemical Romance, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Blink-182, Paramore… all these bands were so unafraid of being themselves. They talked about their problems and what was going on in their heads. It grabbed and latched on to me, and I felt like I could do that too.”