Login Register

Elyar Fox chats to us ahead of supporting The Wanted in Birmingham

By Sutton Coldfield Observer  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

By Yasamin Saeidi

  • Elyar Fox

  • press_shot_1low_res

  • press_shot_2_low_res

Comments (0)

Elyar Fox is the latest in a long line-up of ‘the-next-Biebers’, and in many ways, the perfect popstar. As we chat on the phone, he has boundless energy and enthusiasm for music, he’s savvy without being a media-trained bore, and he seems to have a rather sweet habit of getting a bit carried away.

“I’ve just been in LA shooting the video for my new single ‘A Billion Girls’… Any excuse for a holiday right?!” he begins to tell me excitedly. “The video has a lot of fun energy to it. Basically I turn up to LA and there are a billion girls – but I’m only interested in one.”

The song, which is the popstar’s second single delights in being proudly corny (‘There’s a billion girls in the world, but only one you’ - aww).

There is already a Tinder-inspired lyric video of sorts floating around, with pictures of some of his hundreds of thousands of fans. Is the song aimed at a special someone, or just at his fans in general?

Related content

“It’s just a song to make people feel good about themselves” he muses, “not to compare themselves to others.”

The 18-year-old is now gearing up for a support slot with The Wanted on their final UK tour. “I’m so excited!” he beams, “I just want to get straight into it, I can’t wait. I’m even going to be playing four new songs. My first tour was with Union J and that was amazing. I just love touring.”

Have the now soon to retire pop veterans The Wanted plied young Elyar with any valuable advice? “They’ve mostly just given me alcohol!” he laughs. “No, I’ve known The Wanted for a couple of years now, and the main thing I’ve learnt from them is just to go out and enjoy it and have fun.”

The singer’s debut album, which is due for release this summer is now ‘done and dusted’.

“I keep doing this really annoying thing. Every week I end up writing about two new songs and my management have to say to me, ‘Elyar, stop! It’s finished!’ So I had a really hard time narrowing it down.”

A constant, insatiable urge to write left Fox with over 120 songs for the album. “I just love writing songs and it was really hard to kill off my babies, but I picked out my favourites and the label picked theirs… Thankfully it turned out that we had both picked the same ones!”

Fox may be the latest pre-teen pop sensation, but the first albums he bought were by Nirvana and Good Charlotte, and his musical beginnings were rooted in a pop punk band he started with school friends called Just Me Again.

“I’ve just always been into all music” he says of his move towards a poppier sound, “for me it’s always just been about a good song.” Although it is very much rooted in pop, he says there are three sides to the album. There are the upbeat dance numbers like his debut single ‘Do It All Over Again’, a few with a ‘rockier’ edge, and the touching, acoustic songs which nod back to where it all began for the popstar – with acoustic covers on YouTube.

Fox uploaded his versions of Adele’s 'Someone Like You' and Carly Rae Jepson’s 'Call Me Maybe' – and a million views later, major labels sat up and paid attention. Did Elyar think they’d take off in this way?

“No!” he laughs, “Of course not! I had no idea it would happen! I was so shocked. I couldn’t believe that a 16 year old from London could suddenly get all these fans and interest from major labels.”

This organic building of his fan base is what keeps him so dedicated to his followers – taking every spare moment he has to reply to as many messages as he can. Very much a product of the Internet generation, he is a position where he can easily and directly contact his fans. If he’d been around 20 years ago, I begin… “I’d reply to my fans by carrier pigeon!” he quips. (Royal Mail would have been an easier option, but I admire his dedication.)

Labels had been keen to get Fox into a boyband, but after the break-up of the band he had been in with his friends, he decided that being in a band wasn’t for him.

“I’d rather just do my own thing. Having the space to do things on my own as helped me to grow not just as a writer but also as a singer.”

However, he says most of his inspiration when writing comes from travelling – and trying to see as much as he can. Often, songs will come to him when he least expects it.

“Do It All Over Again came about by accident. I was recovering from a cold one day when I went into the studio for a recording. They stopped me because I just sounded way too bunged up and so I decided to have a writing session instead.”

In the future, Elyar Fox would love to work with Bruno Mars and hopes to do some headline shows later in the year. For the moment, he’s just really excited about getting on tour with The Wanted and releasing his debut album in the summer.

He is still trying to settle on a name for the album “If you have any suggestions do let me know!” It’ll probably come to him when he least expects it, I offer – as with his songs. “Yeah, maybe I’ll come up with it on the toilet!” Then, getting slightly carried away with it all again: “Hey, maybe I should release my own brand of toilet paper!” he laughs. I don’t know if you need to bother, Elyar, this pop thing seems to be going pretty well for you.

Elyar Fox will be supporting The Wanted along with The Vamps on their final UK tour, which will be in Birmingham on 20th March, and Manchester on 18th March. For a full list of dates and for tickets, go to elyarfox.com.

Read more from Leek Post & Times

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters

YOUR COMMENTS AWAITING MODERATION

 
 

MORE NEWS HEADLINES