Everything He Wants – Saint Raymond Interview

30 October 2015

At just 20 years old, Callum Burrows (better known as Saint Raymond) has done it all – sold out headline UK tours, supporting Ed Sheeran, Gabrielle Aplin & HAIM, and playing some of the biggest festivals in the world. James Fleury chats to the Young Blood singer on the launch of his highly-anticipated debut album, his favourite flavour popcorn, and what makes the relationship with his fans so special.

Callum, it’s been a crazy 18 months… you must be exhausted?!

I do get tired! But my live shows revitalise me every time. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true, my fans and reaction from the public puts life back in to me over time.

The album’s out on 28 June – we can’t wait! We’re so used to you creating a party atmosphere with your upbeat tracks, but can we expect to see a more intimate Saint Raymond on the LP?

Yeah, I tried to maintain that festival atmosphere throughout the record, but there’s some great intimate moments, including a track with just me and a piano.

Favourite film?

Dead Man’s shoes! Such an unbelievable film, and nothing fancy about it, just gritty and superb.

What has been the hardest part of the ride to the album?

Probably deciding the track listing. There’s so many more songs that I wanted to include on this record but in the end you have to choose, and I’m so rubbish with decisions!

… and the most enjoyable?

Probably working in LA with producer Jacknife Lee, that was a lot of fun! Where he lives and works is in an amazing location, and I would do it all over again!

You’ve gigged with some amazing musicians recently, and have an impressive following within the music community too. Who would Saint Raymond love to collaborate with in the future, and why?

I would do anything to work with Justin Vernon… I’m such a fan boy for that guy. He's just a pure genius, everything he does and touches turns to gold so I’d love even just to sit in a room with him for a bit!

Salt or sweet popcorn?

BOTH!!! The mixed bags are the best!

Social media is one of the biggest pros and cons of our modern day society, and for many young people it can lead to breakdowns or losing confidence. Do you ever get criticism online, and how do you try to stay positive?

I do, but then I think, so do the biggest artists in the world and they just take it on the chin! There’s idiots out there who say stupid stuff for attention, but the more attention you give them, the more they get a buzz off it… so I just ignore it and reply to those who are loving it.

You have an army of incredibly loyal fans who have supported you on your rise through the ranks, camping outside your venues at the crack of dawn, and flooding Twitter with your music. What traits do you think make your relationship with them special?

© Saint Raymond 2015.

I think just the fact that I talk to them as much as I can helps a lot. I've never wanted to be distant from fans- I think it’s so important that they know they’re on the same level as you, and that you don’t think you’re more important than them in any way. Things like talking to them on Twitter and after my shows, seeing familiar faces is what I love doing… and I’ll never change that.

I think just the fact that I talk to them as much as I can helps a lot. I've never wanted to be distant from fans- I think it’s so important that they know they’re on the same level as you, and that you don’t think you’re more important than them in any way. Things like talking to them on Twitter and after my shows, seeing familiar faces is what I love doing… and I’ll never change that.

Finally, you’ve been gigging some of these songs since you were 15, so what would your advice be to any unsigned act out there trying to break through?

I think most important is getting your music out there and gigging as much as you can early doors to gain confidence and just really get to know your craft. It’s the rubbish shows when no one is there where you really learn how to go about it all.

Saint Raymond’s debut album Young Blood is now available to download from all major stores, including iTunes now.

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James Fleury is founder and CEO of Nouvague, a cutting edge music marketing agency based in the UK & Los Angeles, specialising in marketing services for classical music. 

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