Billy Lockett

Sat May 29 2021

7:30 PM - 11:55 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

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Billy Lockett announces a socially distanced ‘Reflections’ Tour throughout May this year.
As artists, bookers and agents in the music industry are getting their heads around how live shows will look like in
post lockdown Britain, Billy Lockett has been planning something special as he and his team have cannily booked
a tour throughout May to promote his current EP ‘Reflections’.
In accordance with guidelines set by the government, the tour will take in ten unique, intimate and socially
distanced venues across England, with tickets sold in groups of tables (6 people per table) and spread out
throughout the venues. As someone whose whole identity is intertwined with playing live, Billy is naturally beaming
with excitement about getting back out on the road again to play to a seated spacious audience. He says:
"My last tour was over a year ago, not being able to play shows has kinda made me lose my identity a
little so honestly being able to finally tour again...I mean....I’m so happy I could cry! I CANNOT wait to

see everyone again, it’s been waaaay too long!!”

Billy has been outspoken about the restrictive impact of Brexit on UK artists touring Europe, speaking to Times
Radio about the financial implications that future gigs in Europe will bring. Despite the live landscape still
somewhat in limbo, Billy remains upbeat about the future and is looking forward to playing a bunch of new tracks
to his fans in May, as well as a new podcast series he’s announcing this week.
Billy Lockett is currently fully independent and releasing self funded music. He made his new EP ‘Reflections’ in
his cellar in Northampton, using this last year of reflection as it's muse. Released 19th April, it peaked at No.5 in
the UK Album and No.1 in the Singer/Songwriter charts on iTunes - with tracks from the EP also populating a
wide range of official Spotify, Apple, Deezer and Amazon playlists – culminating in 650K streams in the first
week. The EP follows his 2019 EP 'Reset', tracks from which he performed at Glastonbury and on James
Corden's The Late Late Show. Speaking about the project, Billy says:
“During this pandemic I've really been learning to forgive myself and study the reasons why I messed up
so many times before with drugs, record labels and relationships. Every song is a different chapter of
the past. Life is beautiful, totally worth living and should never be taken for granted especially in the

times we're living in right now.”

In partnership with the TISP program Billy has donated funds to plant a tree for each of the 500 limited edition
signed, CDs of the EP. These actually sold out in under 12 hours after release, and as a result 500 trees will sequester approximately 62.5 tonnes of carbon over the next 10 years.

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Billy Lockett

  • Billy Lockett

    Billy Lockett

    Singer-Songwriter

    Everything was looking up for Billy Lockett’s burgeoning career as a singer-songwriter. He’d dreamed of forging a life in music since childhood, when his father’s unconventional home stereo system would boom out classic records from Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens to every single room in the Northampton townhouse in which he was raised.

    By March 2014, Lockett was truly making a name for himself with support tours with the likes of Lana Del Rey, Birdy and KT Tunstall which, in turn, saw his headline shows grow in scale across Europe. His schedule was hectic to the point where he hadn’t realised how drastically his father’s cancer had advanced. Fortunately being near home for a gig in Milton Keynes granted the pair a day to bond over songs, drinks and conversation.

    But as Lockett recalls solemnly, “As soon as I left the house for the gig, I got a call to say that he’d gone.”

    In keeping with his father’s wishes, Lockett completed the tour and then retreated into the basement of his childhood home. It was a setting that would only amplify the already indescribable sense of grief, given that each room was packed – not only with his artist father’s 600 unsold paintings, but also with countless other items that had been hoarded over the years.

    For almost every day over a two-year period, Lockett would sit in the basement writing songs with only his piano and his producer friend Phil Clark for company.

    “For the first three months, I was thinking I need to write a song about my Dad, and I kept trying and trying but it just wasn’t happening. So I gave up and just started writing what came naturally.” By the time he came to the end of the process, both Lockett and Clark discovered something unexpected. “When we looked back at the songs, we both realised that all of these songs were subliminally or accidentally about him. They’re love songs, but they’re all about missing someone.”

    Soon enough, Lockett was writing about “moving on and starting again” while also going through the cathartic process of getting the house back in order. That reinvention extended to his music too. He deleted all of the tracks he had online, moved his focus from guitar to his father’s preference for the piano, and concentrated on developing his previously undiscovered falsetto. It’s a sound which uses the pure songcraft of Oh Wonder, Coldplay’s strident anthems and the economical style of Ludovico Einaudi as touchpoints.

    His father’s influence even impacted upon a comparatively laidback new approach for his live show, which was debuted with a nerve-wracking yet ultimately spine-tingling sold-out headline show at St. Pancras Old Church.

    “When I was young, I thought that a good gig was being an entertainer and everyone would be dancing and having a good time,” he recalls. “But my Dad always taught me, ‘You’ve got to make them laugh and make them cry.’ I think when you’re pouring your heart out, as long as you mean what you say, it doesn’t matter if it’s fast or slow. If people are engaged, that’s why they’ll buy a ticket and come back.”

    Such engagement requires songs that move, astound and inspire in equal measure, and they’re something that Lockett has in abundance. And nowhere is that more striking than in his upcoming single ‘More’ in which Lockett ruminates on loss, longing and regret with a voice that can convey a spectrum of sensitive emotions.

    “It explores the idea that words can’t really explain how much you miss someone,” he says of a song which relates a personal story to a universal experience. “Deep down it’s much more than just ‘I miss you’ or ‘I need you’. It’s a shame that all we have is words that can’t do justice for just how much that means.”

    BBC Introducing are backing Lockett for big things, especially Huw Stephens who recently championed him as a Tip of the Week. Further support  has also included Tom Robinson at 6 Music and the crowd-pulling rock ‘n’ roll club night This Feeling where Lockett laughs, “I’m like their token piano guy.” To maintain such upwards momentum, the blend of Lockett’s revealing songwriting with Clark’s intimate production has now been boosted with mixing courtesy of Mike Crossey (The 1975, Arctic Monkeys).

    Despite the trials and tribulations of his story, the Billy Lockett that we see today is a young musician with a personality that contrasts the sombre tone of his music. On first impressions, his towering afro and eccentric sartorial choices make him a magnetic personality, while his animated and undeniable enthusiasm for his work is perfectly complemented by a cheeky, ever-present glint in his eyes. Three years on from where we first took up the story, Billy Lockett has battled tragedy and radically evolved his style. There’s no changing the past, but it informs a future rich with potential for the young musician.

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Billy Lockett

Sat May 29 2021 7:30 PM - 11:55 PM

(Doors 6:30 PM)

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Billy Lockett announces a socially distanced ‘Reflections’ Tour throughout May this year.
As artists, bookers and agents in the music industry are getting their heads around how live shows will look like in
post lockdown Britain, Billy Lockett has been planning something special as he and his team have cannily booked
a tour throughout May to promote his current EP ‘Reflections’.
In accordance with guidelines set by the government, the tour will take in ten unique, intimate and socially
distanced venues across England, with tickets sold in groups of tables (6 people per table) and spread out
throughout the venues. As someone whose whole identity is intertwined with playing live, Billy is naturally beaming
with excitement about getting back out on the road again to play to a seated spacious audience. He says:
"My last tour was over a year ago, not being able to play shows has kinda made me lose my identity a
little so honestly being able to finally tour again...I mean....I’m so happy I could cry! I CANNOT wait to

see everyone again, it’s been waaaay too long!!”

Billy has been outspoken about the restrictive impact of Brexit on UK artists touring Europe, speaking to Times
Radio about the financial implications that future gigs in Europe will bring. Despite the live landscape still
somewhat in limbo, Billy remains upbeat about the future and is looking forward to playing a bunch of new tracks
to his fans in May, as well as a new podcast series he’s announcing this week.
Billy Lockett is currently fully independent and releasing self funded music. He made his new EP ‘Reflections’ in
his cellar in Northampton, using this last year of reflection as it's muse. Released 19th April, it peaked at No.5 in
the UK Album and No.1 in the Singer/Songwriter charts on iTunes - with tracks from the EP also populating a
wide range of official Spotify, Apple, Deezer and Amazon playlists – culminating in 650K streams in the first
week. The EP follows his 2019 EP 'Reset', tracks from which he performed at Glastonbury and on James
Corden's The Late Late Show. Speaking about the project, Billy says:
“During this pandemic I've really been learning to forgive myself and study the reasons why I messed up
so many times before with drugs, record labels and relationships. Every song is a different chapter of
the past. Life is beautiful, totally worth living and should never be taken for granted especially in the

times we're living in right now.”

In partnership with the TISP program Billy has donated funds to plant a tree for each of the 500 limited edition
signed, CDs of the EP. These actually sold out in under 12 hours after release, and as a result 500 trees will sequester approximately 62.5 tonnes of carbon over the next 10 years.
Billy Lockett

Billy Lockett

Singer-Songwriter

Everything was looking up for Billy Lockett’s burgeoning career as a singer-songwriter. He’d dreamed of forging a life in music since childhood, when his father’s unconventional home stereo system would boom out classic records from Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens to every single room in the Northampton townhouse in which he was raised.

By March 2014, Lockett was truly making a name for himself with support tours with the likes of Lana Del Rey, Birdy and KT Tunstall which, in turn, saw his headline shows grow in scale across Europe. His schedule was hectic to the point where he hadn’t realised how drastically his father’s cancer had advanced. Fortunately being near home for a gig in Milton Keynes granted the pair a day to bond over songs, drinks and conversation.

But as Lockett recalls solemnly, “As soon as I left the house for the gig, I got a call to say that he’d gone.”

In keeping with his father’s wishes, Lockett completed the tour and then retreated into the basement of his childhood home. It was a setting that would only amplify the already indescribable sense of grief, given that each room was packed – not only with his artist father’s 600 unsold paintings, but also with countless other items that had been hoarded over the years.

For almost every day over a two-year period, Lockett would sit in the basement writing songs with only his piano and his producer friend Phil Clark for company.

“For the first three months, I was thinking I need to write a song about my Dad, and I kept trying and trying but it just wasn’t happening. So I gave up and just started writing what came naturally.” By the time he came to the end of the process, both Lockett and Clark discovered something unexpected. “When we looked back at the songs, we both realised that all of these songs were subliminally or accidentally about him. They’re love songs, but they’re all about missing someone.”

Soon enough, Lockett was writing about “moving on and starting again” while also going through the cathartic process of getting the house back in order. That reinvention extended to his music too. He deleted all of the tracks he had online, moved his focus from guitar to his father’s preference for the piano, and concentrated on developing his previously undiscovered falsetto. It’s a sound which uses the pure songcraft of Oh Wonder, Coldplay’s strident anthems and the economical style of Ludovico Einaudi as touchpoints.

His father’s influence even impacted upon a comparatively laidback new approach for his live show, which was debuted with a nerve-wracking yet ultimately spine-tingling sold-out headline show at St. Pancras Old Church.

“When I was young, I thought that a good gig was being an entertainer and everyone would be dancing and having a good time,” he recalls. “But my Dad always taught me, ‘You’ve got to make them laugh and make them cry.’ I think when you’re pouring your heart out, as long as you mean what you say, it doesn’t matter if it’s fast or slow. If people are engaged, that’s why they’ll buy a ticket and come back.”

Such engagement requires songs that move, astound and inspire in equal measure, and they’re something that Lockett has in abundance. And nowhere is that more striking than in his upcoming single ‘More’ in which Lockett ruminates on loss, longing and regret with a voice that can convey a spectrum of sensitive emotions.

“It explores the idea that words can’t really explain how much you miss someone,” he says of a song which relates a personal story to a universal experience. “Deep down it’s much more than just ‘I miss you’ or ‘I need you’. It’s a shame that all we have is words that can’t do justice for just how much that means.”

BBC Introducing are backing Lockett for big things, especially Huw Stephens who recently championed him as a Tip of the Week. Further support  has also included Tom Robinson at 6 Music and the crowd-pulling rock ‘n’ roll club night This Feeling where Lockett laughs, “I’m like their token piano guy.” To maintain such upwards momentum, the blend of Lockett’s revealing songwriting with Clark’s intimate production has now been boosted with mixing courtesy of Mike Crossey (The 1975, Arctic Monkeys).

Despite the trials and tribulations of his story, the Billy Lockett that we see today is a young musician with a personality that contrasts the sombre tone of his music. On first impressions, his towering afro and eccentric sartorial choices make him a magnetic personality, while his animated and undeniable enthusiasm for his work is perfectly complemented by a cheeky, ever-present glint in his eyes. Three years on from where we first took up the story, Billy Lockett has battled tragedy and radically evolved his style. There’s no changing the past, but it informs a future rich with potential for the young musician.

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