Artist Interview: Calum Scott

Calum Scott is a singer/songwriter out of Yorkshire, England. Calum’s career took off after he appeared on Britain’s Got Talent. Calum is currently on tour with Echosmith and Pentatonix. Be sure to check out his debut album, Only Human.

If you weren't doing music, what would you be doing right now?

“From the earliest age I wanted to be an astronaut, but clearly that is not happening, but really from the earliest I can remember I just wanted to help people so I suppose that dates back to being a fireman or policeman then as I got older and more mature and going through school I wanted to do music but being realistic about expectations I thought I may have made a good physiotherapist or a good counselor or teacher. I guess somebody who can take somebody at their low point and help them to achieve their best and become better for it physically, mentally, or both so I would probably be a counselor without music.”

What inspires your music?

“Life, living, I’ve had about 27 years to be inspired by life for this album. I’ve had a lot of experiences to pull on, you know, a lot of stuff to do with my sexuality, growing up, and falling into this incredible career that I have now. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked really hard but I just never thought my life would go this way. I am just grateful for the day, I enjoy putting my emotions and all of my stories and all of my inspirations into music. I didn't even start thinking about the album until I was 70 songs in.”

What do you do outside of music that contributes to your musicality?

“I’m surrounded by talented people so there’s a lot of conversations and a lot of live stuff that I get to be a part of. Even just living, you know, going through the motions, especially love. Love is huge one I am single and have been for a while so even meeting someone new, missing family, or really everything that affects me positively or negatively ultimately influences my music.”

What’s your favorite song of the ones you’ve released?

“Oh God, that’s like choosing your favorite child. I think my favorite is probably going to be “You are the Reason” just simply because the message is so pure and so relatable and so universally understood. I’m very very lucky to have a global fan base who you know, some don't even speak English and they get to understand what I'm saying because of my videos which I connect to the song so it speaks a thousand words.”

What advice would you give to others trying to make it in the industry?

“I would say follow your dreams because I worked in human resources for like eight years before I did this and I thought that was me fixed. Like I’m never going to be able to get out of this, you know, I’m making my bills work,  I’m paying for my car, and able to afford my meals so I thought that's probably going to be it. I’m going to have to work to live but now I live to work. One thing I will say is just remember that if it's something you love, make sure that you keep that philosophy and make sure it's ultimately something you want to make a career out of but have good action, you know, don't strive for fame, don’t strive for cash, strive for ambition and passion and creativity because if you do lose or don't get that achievement you want, you’ve still enjoyed the journey.”

If you could be a superhero, what would your name be and what would your superpower be?

“This is a great question this is something I would go and sketch on my ipad and try to figure everything out. I’m one of those people who if given the chance in a video game I would always be a superhero, I could never be a bad guy so I have to be a good guy. Uhmmm If I could, I would teleport. I would save so much money on flights and excess baggage because I have to take more than one suitcase because I have to have options right?” I guess I would be called “Calum the Teleporter” *laughs* No it can’t be that..”

Who are your top 5 favorite artists in the industry right now?

“Sigrid, Khalid, Lewis Capaldi, Childish Gambino, and Michael Jackson”

What are you working on? What can we expect from you in the near or far future?

“This incredible tour which is just being the biggest adventure ever, I’ve got like 5 more weeks to go which is great. After this though I fly back into the UK to support Jason Derulo on his tour throughout the UK. I’ve already started writing material so I’m into album two to scratch the surface at least. I’ve also got music coming out with other artists this year so features and also songs that I’ve written that other artists have taken. Potentially whispers of a bit of acting as well. There’s a lot going on, I am just super excited to go through all of these things I am going through.”