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Interview:
Yungblud at Saint Andrew's Hall, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Yungblud hasn't been around very long. But he's made a big impact.



Blending rock, punk and hip-hop, the 22-year-old British artist (real name Dominic Harrison) has won over fans and critics with a batch of singles since 2017 -- including hit collaborations with Halsey and blink-182's Travis Barker on "11 Minutes" and Barker and Machine Gun Kelly on "I Think I'm Okay" -- as well as with his debut album, "21st Century Liability." On Oct. 11 he releases a new EP, "The Underrated Youth," and Yungblud was recently named the latest act in Vevo's LIFT series.



It's a long way from being an aspiring 10-year-old songwriter admiring Bruce Springsteen and Eminem. And Yungblud promises there's a lot more to come...



• Yungblud says by phone from a tour stop in Portland, Ore., that his music career is better than he ever expected it to be, especially at this early juncture. "Dude, it's been mental. It's just absolute insanity to see it move so quickly. I grew up in northern England, like the Detroit of the U.K. -- every industrial, very working class, very gray. I always had ideas and ideology of going to places in my head that people couldn’t understand. At the end of the day I just wanted to build a community of people who would understand each other and appreciate each other and feel like they’re not represented or got nowhere to go. That was always a dream of mine, so watching it come true every bay before my eyes is just unreal."



• Yungblud is at this point prolific enough that he's not worried about running out of material. "I write constantly. I get inspired by my community, by the people every day. I hear stories every day, so this (music) is becoming less and less about me. It's about us. I want to erase the barrier between artist and fan base. If it's any other way, the whole thing is f***ed.



• Much has been made of Yungblud's grandfather playing with the British band T. Rex, but he says the connection is a bit overstated. "He played with them once. It's typical UK press to (sensationalize) it, but he played with them once. Somebody wrote that my grandad's (T. Rex leader) Marc Bolan. Somebody had too much LSD, I think."



Yungblud and Missio perform Saturday, Oct. 5, at Saint Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 6 p.m. $45.01. 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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