We spoke to Billy Lockett about a few tracks that have inspired his sound and new single ‘Covered in Chaos’ as he gears up for his biggest headline show to date in April 2019 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Following a whirlwind four months of live shows which include joining global act ELO across their 25 date European and UK arena tour and supporting Lewis Capaldi on his UK headline tour, emerging talent Billy Lockett returns today with new single ‘Covered in Chaos’ and its everything we’d hoped for.

Racing to the end of a very successful 2018 and boasting accolades which include being featured on the YouTube Music Ones To Watch Long list for 2019 and over 17 million streams across platforms in November, ‘Covered in Chaos’ is a personal and poignant offering from the singer-songwriter to end his year on an even higher note.

Speaking on the track, Billy quotes;

This song is about turning on the self-destruct button after something negative and unexpected happens in your life. It’s about how we can all so easily slip into creating chaos in our lives as a way of dealing with loss.”

As Billy gears up for his biggest headline show to date, taking place April 2019 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, we caught up with him to find out about a few tracks that have influenced his sound.

1975 – Love It If We Made It

I think this band is so important at the moment, a lot of the things he talks about in his lyrics I can really relate to. I love how honest and real this song is. It’s completely bang on!

Plested – Ribcage

I discovered this guy this year and totally fell in love with this song his voice is scratchy in a really unique way and I’m a sucker for a good chorus.

The Horrors – Something to Remember Me By

I’m a bit late to the party with The Horrors but there’s something incredibly powerful about this song. I accidently ended up seeing them live this year and this song totally took my breath away.

Rhys Lewis – Reason to Hate You

This is a good friend of mine who I have huge respect for. His songwriting is so carefully thought out, this song reminds me of great memories in Europe as I had it on repeat while on tour this year.

Coldplay –  Always In My Head

I think this is such an underrated album from Coldplay. It almost seemed to pass everyone by but I’m still constantly listening to it now. I’ve always been a huge fan of this band and to have recently signed to the same label as them, Parlophone, is something I’m so proud of and honoured by.

‘Covered in Chaos’ is out now.