Billy Lockett has returned with his first ever duet, a breath-taking collaboration with Violet Skies. 'Talk' arrived alongside the announcement of Billy's new EP 'Reflections' which is due for release on March 19th.
Written by the pair, the dual performance sees them sharing vocal duties, effortlessly conveying feelings of vulnerability and laying bare the obvious emotion behind the track. It is both artists’ ability to project such inward emotions which gives the song such a special feel. Lyrically, ‘Talk’ heavily nods towards the overarching theme of the EP, as Billy reflects on relationship miscommunication and not being able to say what you really mean to a partner. Both this track and the EP as a whole are about looking at yourself and thinking - Okay, what are the problems? Why are things not working in my life, and how can I fix them?
“Maybe a lot of the songs are to do with myself, and I’m projecting troubles onto relationships. In that sense, this song is almost the opposite of another song on the EP called ‘Silence’. It’s a desperate plea, saying “please can we talk about this, and try to fix it?”.
Being the first duet he has recorded, it was creatively rewarding to work with another artist so closely on such a personal track, and being a huge fan of Violet Skies’ music anyway, Billy loved every minute of their work together.
We had a chat with Billy on the release and more as part of our Get To Know series...
Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you!
"Hey I’m Billy Lockett and I make love songs on my piano."
Where are you from and what’s your favourite thing about that place?
"I’m from Northampton, I think my favourite thing about it is the community vibe it has I really feel at home here."
How did you initially get into music?
"I initially got into music because when I was 8 my mum got a piano for herself to learn but gave up pretty soon after and I just started to pick it up."
How would you sum up your sound in less than five words?
"Sad Epic Love."
Do you have any early musical memories?
"I remember jamming with my dad and all his mates when I was a kid, that was a nice memory that sticks in my mind."
Who would be your dream artist to collab with?
What’s been your stand out moment so far?
"Selling out Shepherd’s Bush Empire."
You’ve just released your new single ‘Talk’. Tell us a little about it! Is there a story behind the lyrics?
"Yehhh talk is all about encouraging someone close to you to speak up when something is wrong, it’s something I feel is very relevant right now for a lot of people sadly."
It’s a collaboration with Violet Skies! How was working with her on the track?
"It’s been great working with Violet we’ve been friends for years and so it’s been a long time coming releasing something together!"
Do you have a favourite lyric in particular from the song?
"I actually love the way the song opens actually with the “where do you go when you look at me like that” bit."
Finally, what do you have in store for the rest of 2021?
"I’m just mainly focusing on the album atm just trying to pick the songs and finish producing them!"
'Talk' is out now.
'Reflections' EP out March 19th
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