Yungblud has spoken out on how people are far too quick to dismiss his generation, arguing that they are “more informed” than any other before them.
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The 20-year-old alt-rock singer-songwriter was talking to NME about his relationship with his fans, who he has named “The Black Hearts Club” after the tattoos he got on his fingers in their honour.
“All my life I’ve felt quite misunderstood because of my personality,” Yungblud told NME. “No one could put my personality in a box. I didn’t necessarily fit in. I belonged in seven boxes, and I had a really hard time figuring out where that was.
“It wasn’t until I started writing and connecting with people who felt in a similar way to me in my fanbase that I got these tattoos to represent who I am and who I was. I wanted to defeat the barrier between a fanbase and a musician because I don’t want there to be any hierarchy. I want it to be a community. This community felt like they weren’t allowed to be themselves, but in this place they are allowed to be themselves.
He continued: “You’re allowed to be free. To me, that’s what music entails. It’s freedom, it’s having the undeniable confidence to express yourself in a way that you know is right.”
The Doncaster artist, who recently released the single ’11 Minutes’ with Halsey and Travis Barker, argued that many of the misconceptions about him also apply to those who are too quick to write off the opinions of his generation.
“The best one I got is ‘Yungblud is just a mouth, a big fat mouth’,” he went on. “It’s just so funny because people do look at me like that. The biggest misunderstanding about me is that I’m just a bratty, gobby, idiot. It’s almost a misunderstanding about our generation – because we are so intelligent. We know what we want, we know what we stand for, we know what we have to say, we know how we feel about things and we’re not afraid to express that.
“The statement of [recent album] ’21st Century Liability’ is that maybe we’re not just gobby brats. Maybe if you listen to us, you might actually be surprised. Yeah, we’re young, but we have access to so much information. That’s what makes us different to any generation that’s come before us.”
He continued: “Someone asked me the other day, ‘What’s the difference between your kind of punk and The Sex Pistols or The Clash?’. I had to look into the second shelf at the back of my head to answer that. We have access to so much more information. We have a platform that we can shout from so instantaneously.
“We know what we’re talking about – more than anyone else.”
Watch our full video interview with Yungblud at the top of the page as he discusses the new music he’s working on, collaborating with Halsey, the beauty of Doncaster and much, much more.
Last week saw Yungblud release the live album ‘Live In Atlanta’.
Yungblud’s upcoming UK and European tour dates are below.
27 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
28 – Brussels, AB Main Hall
31 – Munich, Backstage Werk
2 – Milan, Fabrique
4 – Prague, Roxy
5 – Warsaw, Proxima
7 – Berlin, Kesselhaus
10 – Copenhagen, Amager Bio
11th – Oslo, Parkteateret
13 – Hamburg, Docks
14 – Cologne, Essigfabrik
16 – Paris, Trabendo
19 – Bristol, O2 Academy
20 – Manchester, O2 Ritz
21 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
22 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
24 – Norwich, UEA
25 – Glasgow, SWG3 Galvanisers
29 – Sheffield, O2 Academy