Interview with Yungblud
“Energetic, political, mental”
- that’s how Dominic Harrison describes his alternate ego called Yungblud.
Dominic Harrison, known more by his stage name Yungblud, was born in Doncaster, England on August 5th 1998.
In the days before his music career took off he was a student at Arts Educational Schools in London where he studied theater. However, he has always known this is not the path he wants to take. “I think rock’n’roll music has always been implemented in my soul. I always wanted to be in a band. The past was different, I just went into theatre because as long as I could be on stage I didn’t really give a fuck what I was doing, as long as I was in front of an audience. But then I got a little bored and was unhappy, I just wanted to be in a band, and here we are…”
Even though, Harisson’s music style gravitates towards alternative rock, he is heavily influenced by artists from other genres. “I was massively in love with hip-hop and rock’n’roll simultaneously, I loved the Rolling Stones, I loved the Arctic Monkeys, I loved Eminem, I loved Lady Gaga, I loved Marylin Manson, I loved artists that would genuinely be themselves and change culture just as much as releasing great music.”
Of course, his crazy personality had to match a crazy stage name and looks. “Everyone always expects me to go into some mad metaphorical story about how it hit me in the face walking under a ladder, but I was literally just the youngest person on my management roster and I just thought Dominic Harrison was a little bit polite. My manager always used to call me Yungblud and I was thinking one day, what can I call myself, alright, Yungblud. I was like BOOM, lightbulbs. Double the U, double the flavour, and there we go.” As far as his looks go, Yungblud says he has always loved putting on a show, even if it was just for his math’s class and his aim was to annoy his teachers. “I think my clothes are another way of expressing myself so I just wear what I want and I want to look different. Fuck looking like everyone else”, says Harrison.
However, Dominic’s love for music, crazy looks and theatre past were not a coincidence. “It was always kind of a massive thing in my family”, says Harisson. His grandfather performed with the English rock band T.Rex in the 1970s. So, the love for performing and being on stage runs in his family. He also says: “There’s literally a picture of me outside the hospital, a few hours old, with a Ukelele across me so I didn’t really have a choice.”
His whole past was leading up to this day where Dominic Harrison, now Yungblud, is preparing for his first tour for his new album “21st Century Liability” released earlier this year. “Man, it’s crazy”, says Harrison,” I can’t believe most of the venues have sold out like four months before we are playing. It’s just going to be crazy, madness, new songs, live show, good old Yungblud live show. Mad energy, a crazy crowd that are all singing together and feel like they are there for a reason.”
His EU tour starts in January 2019 with locations including France, Germany, The Netherland, Sweden, Italy and many more. Moving onto his UK tour starting on the 6th of March 2019 with first stop Dublin, Ireland. Continuing with Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton, Greater London and finishing in Bristol.
“If you’re coming to one of my shows you are part of the community and I can’t wait to see you.”
Watch YUNGBLUD’s latest video ‘LONER’ below
Text by PETYA PLACHKOVA
Images - photography: LEWIS VORN / styling: SYLVESTER YIU / grooming: SOPHIE KING
Shot in Great Guns Social - Bar & Restaurant in London, SE1 0EF