Photo: Olivia Rose
Billy Lockett has today (26.06.20) released a deeply personal collection of classical piano tracks inspired by his late father, artist John Luce Lockett, and his paintings, which the Northampton singer has been surrounded by during the coronavirus pandemic.
The LP, 'Together At Home' - which sees some proceeds going to the National Emergencies Trust charity - is comprised of 11 tracks, some reworkings of his previous songs and others brand new compositions documenting Lockett's period in isolation.
Lockett locked himself away in the cellar of his father's home in Northampton to work on the album and says it was "like therapy" for him.
"This album really has helped me through lockdown. It's been like therapy, being able to hide in my cellar making music. I have the best job in the world and I'm very lucky."
Lockett self-produced the LP, a first for him, and though he found it challenging, the singer/songwriter is "hungry" to learn more.
"It has been slightly challenging learning how to produce," he admits. "I still have so much more to learn, but I'm really hungry for it and am really enjoying the process. There's a lot of technical things to learn but the most important part is really listening to the details.
I'm finding the whole thing a lot of fun."
Would he like to produce other artists?
"I'd love to work with more artists but at the moment I want to just focus on my music and use that as the benchmark before starting anything new with someone else's project."
Lockett has supported the likes of Lana Del Rey and Jeff Lynne's ELO, and two years ago he got to join 'Someone You Loved' hitmaker Lewis Capaldi on tour.
Lockett and Capaldi both bare such powerful soulful voices that the former admits it would take a lot of work for them to be able to appear on a track together, but he wouldn't rule out a collaboration with the chart-topper.
He says: "I would obviously love to work with Lewis Capaldi but if I'm honest I'm not sure if it would work because we both do the same thing.
"I think we'd need a third element if we were gonna make something really special but it does sound like a fun challenge."
Photo: Olivia Rose
Lockett channels his inner Ludovico Einaudi on this spellbinding collection of instrumentals.
The one-off project sees the singer go from brooding balladeer to classical piano maestro.
Even without his soulful vocals, Lockett is able to articulate raw emotions through this cinematic masterpiece which evokes the intensity of the global pandemic.
For Fans Of: Ludovico Einaudi, James Horner
'Together At Home' is out now on all major streaming services.