Singer-songwriter Calum Foad from Reading unveils the brooding visuals to his latest track ‘Rollercoaster’. The 23-year-old has been singing and playing guitar for over a decade and has already had support from Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, Music Crowns, BT Playlist, This Morning for previous tracks.
The artist says of his music, “I’m a fan of everything from heavy rock to grime and drum ‘n’ bass, and always thought that pop music was my guilty pleasure,” he continues. “But then I realised that, actually, it’s not a guilty pleasure at all. I love pop music! When I go into the studio to record a song, pop is what naturally comes out. Anyone who says they don’t love pop music can’t be trusted, as far as I’m concerned. If you hear the first chords of ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepson and don’t crack a smile, then frankly you’re not quite human.”
Calum was influenced by rock stars Enter Shikari, Good Charlotte, My Chemical Romance, Green Day as a teenager and he began writing songs himself at age 14. He sent his tracks over to Enter Shikari’s producer, Dan Weller who was taken with his talent and guts. Soon after the pair were working together on what would become Calum’s first EP, ‘Flaws’ which he released at the age of 19. He even self-funded an accompanying video for the title track which he claims cost him £7.
Calum then reached out to another major influence, US producer Marc McCluskey (Bad Religion, Weezer), who invited Calum to New York to collaborate. The results of this project were ‘You & I’ and ‘Rollercoaster’.
‘Rollercoaster’ is a slick of dark, dreamy pop with an undulating melody and catchy hook. Calum tours UK schools alongside writing and recording and is due for the US soon to work on his debut album.
You can stream ‘Rollercoaster’ here.