EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Calum Scott
Maroon 4, Touring, and Being Yourself
Calum Scott. For those of you who are not instantly speed reading this article by his name alone, you are in for a total treat!
Scott, who made his first big debut on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, has quickly risen to fame. His audition for the show consisted of a performance of “Dancing on My Own”, originally sung by Robin, and the video has reached over 175 million views. And if we’re talking numbers his music has 1 billion streams and counting! His emotional performance was rewarded by receiving the Golden Buzzer from one of the world’s most notorious hardasses for music judgment: Simon Cowell.
He hasn’t stopped to take a breath since. Just weeks after the show, Scott made a makeshift recording studio in a spare room at his mom’s house and began writing his own music. The songs he was producing were filled with so much emotion and thought that it leaves our heads spinning.
“At first I got caught up in trying to write the kind of songs I thought people wanted to hear,” said Scott, now 29. “But after a while, I realized that the more honest and real I was, the more easily it flowed. It ended up becoming a process of getting out everything that’s been on my mind over the years, and it felt very therapeutic.”
On March 9th, 2018, Scott’s first studio album Only Human was released via Capitol Records. Only Human peaked at number 2 on the Scottish Album, and at number 4 on the UK albums charts. With singles like “Dancing on My Own”, and “You are The Reason” it’s no wonder the British hit has been making hearts swoon.
Scott’s professional career, although still young and fresh is heading for a full tour in the US where he is supporting acapella legends Pentatonix! The tour kicked off on July 12th in Salt Lake City Utah. The 39 date tour has two stops in North Carolina, first on August 4th at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, followed by a performance at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh on the 11th.
We were able to catch up with Scott on Tuesday afternoon for a phone interview while he had some downtime in Oklahoma City. We discussed his time with a Maroon 5 cover band named Maroon 4, his tour with Pentatonix, the impact he has had on the LGBTQ community, as well as the effect his accent has on people in the states.
You can listen to our interview in its entirety below. Make sure to follow Calum on all his social media accounts, as well as your favorite music streaming site. Calum, Echosmith and Pentatonix are making stops in numerous states, with one in Shutter 16’s hometown of Charlotte NC is Saturday August 4th. Make sure to check out the touring schedule and grab your tickets!