We caught up with Billy Raffoul before his Toronto show to speak about his highly anticipated debut album.
Canadian rock & roll and folky roots music run freely through his veins –
Originally from Ontario, Billy Raffoul has been all the buzz since his latest collaboration with electronic music producer Avicci and his live session with UK fashion brand All Saints. The young yet very authentic singer-songwriter may have grown up in the music industry with his musician father Jody Raffoul having opened up for the likes of Jeff Buckley, Neil Young and Joe Cocker, but he is confidently standing out in the music industry in his own right.
The humble 22 year old is embracing his musical upbringing while still projecting his own unique sound, vocal delivery and songwriting. Not only is he extremely talented but his style is effortlessly cool and we had to ask him how much fashion and music go hand in hand when performing!
See the full interview below:
Q: Being from Ontario, do you think your roots inspired you musically to develop the organic vocal sound you have today?
A: I definitely think my roots had and have a big influence on me musically. Between listening to my father to Neil Young growing up. I always tell people that I think that Canadian music has a unique fingerprint. Something that comes across in the sound and writing.
Q: Fashion has been a way of expression for many artists over the years, especially in rock & roll. Who are some of your style icons and why?
A: So many inspire me. I'm very inspired by someone like Jimi Hendrix. Not because I like to dress like him but because he wasn't afraid to do exactly what he felt like.
Q: What are some of your go-to style pieces on stage?
A: I feel like I'm pretty simple. Always wearing boots and either all denim or a leather jacket.
Q: You recently performed at the LA Sessions in collaboration with British fashion label All Saints. Tell us more about this experience!
A: This was a great experience. The people at All Saints were a blast to work with, especially Oliver Trevena who produced and hosted the piece. Love the clothes as well.
Q: When you're not making music or creating, what is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
A: I'm most likely watching movies, reading comics, or buying leather jackets.
Q: You recently collaborated with Avicci on a really great track called "You Be Love". Tell us more about this collab, how did it come about and what was it like to collaborate artistically as you both have a very different sound?
A: Collaborating with Avicii was an incredible experience. Even though we are from different ends of the spectrum when it comes to the kind of music we like to make it was fun for each of us to enter the other's world. At the end of the day we're both songwriters who love making music.
It was the A&R department at the record label who had asked me if it's something I'd be interested in doing. It was an easy decision.
Q: What can we expect from you in the next year?
A: Well, I will be touring the rest of this year and heading back into the studio at the top of the next. A full length album is the plan. To be released in 2018.