‘Not Okay’ is a bonafide pop smash – with R&B inflected beats at the verse and a hugely soaring pop chorus. Billy’s statement, poetic vocal delivery and lyrics are on form, with the accompanying video taking the words “break up” to a new level with a visually enticing concept of chaos unraveling around Billy as he triggers old memories.
“‘Not Okay’ is about the desperate and irrational things we can sometimes find ourselves doing to get someone back in our lives.” Billy says. “It’s about that situation where you’re just not thinking straight, and your emotions seem to take over any form of logic. Suddenly you realise ‘oh god I’ve lost my head’. This song is just so special to me: the production, the concept, the lyrics…I feel like I just got everything right with this.”
The release of ‘Not Okay’ follows the release of the introductory single, ‘Hard Act To Follow’ featuring 2x Grammy-nominated rapper GoldLink, from Billy’s debut LP. Billy wrote the original version of ‘Hard Act To Follow’, with Razorlight’s Andy Burrows (Tom Odell’s Jubilee Road) who played the song to James Corden when he was staying at his house. After hearing the original version, James contacted Billy directly and invited him to make his North American television debut on The Late Late Show With James Corden, where he delivered a stunning performance of the song. The original version has garnered over 20 million streams on Spotify and counting.
Having supported the likes of Lana Del Ray, Lewis Capaldi, Birdy and KT Tunstall, Billy Lockett has rubbed shoulders with the stars and has amassed over 110 million collective streams and tens of thousands of fans across the globe for his powerful and emotive songwriting spanning a myriad of genres.
Billy, who has been cited as “The English Lewis Capaldi,” takes everything he’s seen, heard, experienced, and felt and renders his life as songs you can sing aloud with friends or find solace in when you’re alone. Coming from a background of struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, Billy’s journey continues in a new direction for the future, embracing sobriety for the first time.
Billy will be headlining London’s Islington Assembly Hall on 1st November. Tickets here.