Cancer Won't Stop Billy Clayton From Making Pop Music & Working with Charli XCX


Norwich, England-based pop singer Billy Clayton has been writing and producing bass-heavy synth-pop tracks from his bed room since 2016. However, lately, the 21-year previous’s well being has been a rollercoaster journey that has affected his capability to make music.

In August 2015, Clayton discovered he had Ewing’s Sarcoma, an aggressive type of bone most cancers that usually happens in youngsters, adolescents and younger adults. The impression of the illness has left him in a weakened state, with out a voice. For the previous two months, he has been unable to sing, and he at the moment can’t converse with out coughing a number of occasions by sentences.

“It has positively been very difficult at varied factors for me during the last three and a half years to keep up concentrate on my work and life generally,” Clayton tells Billboard in an e-mail interview. “Having an sickness like that is so extraordinarily debilitating and actually robs you of life’s simplicities.”

Despite his situation, Clayton stays resilient and has pushed by his signs with a purpose to proceed producing music. To him, the drive to make music is one thing that comes naturally.

“I do that as a result of I imagine it’s what I’m meant to be doing,” Clayton writes. “The drive is from a spot of enjoyment, pleasure, ardour, and usually the must be a artistic particular person.”

As an avid listener of “basic Grimes” and Slowdrive, Clayton’s love for synth music has influenced his sound and elegance. While Clayton’s a number of remedies have been difficult to undergo, a dose of good digital music grounds him, and relieves him from his illness, even when it’s only for a second.

“I really feel the serotonin leaking into my mind once I hear a great synth bass,” Clayton writes. “That’s been a key part to the music I’ve labored on and launched to this point.”

Clayton’s tracks all carry a dreamy sound that followers of digital music will simply take to. His voice additionally carries the identical hazy and euphoric qualities that listeners can get misplaced in.

Identifying as bisexual, Clayton holds the LGBTQ neighborhood near his coronary heart. Having grown up listening to LGBTQ artists, from Billie Joe Armstrong and George Michael to Lady Gaga and Baths, Clayton is impressed by the impression these musicians have made for the neighborhood, particularly girls within the trade.

“Women in pop and music generally have supplied for many individuals who didn’t really feel that they had a ‘scene’ or place of acceptance for some time,” Clayton explains. “That feeling of isolation nonetheless exists for many individuals, significantly in locations in our world the place homosexual males are being locked away for his or her orientation, or girls are being compelled into heterosexual marriages with out their consent.”

While Clayton has a deep admiration for a lot of feminine artists, his coronary heart belongs to pop singer Charli XCX. The duo have had a historical past of speaking to one another about music for the final three years, by Twitter DMs. The two lastly met in 2016 after Clayton put out his first EP, Luminary. Charli XCX heard it and requested Clayton to come back together with her to a studio.

“I bear in mind waking up and freaking out over the messages,” Clayton writes. “It was a extremely chill expertise and it was the primary time I ever met somebody I appeared as much as in a popular culture context, so it felt actually rewarding to be appreciated by her.”

Charli knew that Clayton was sick however didn't know the severity of his situation. After studying the main points of his remedy, the pop singer hosted a profit live performance referred to as Billy Ball, the place proceeds went to assist Clayton get better from his sickness.

When Clayton came upon in regards to the occasion, his coronary heart was warmed understanding how appreciated he was by artists and listeners alike. “I’ll all the time have an appreciation for what Charli has completed for me,” Clayton writes. “I feel the assist actually reveals the kindness of strangers and mutual music lovers.”

Clayton pushed by his well being points to observe up final yr’s four-track EP Bloom with a brand new single titled “Fear.” The monitor was written a yr in the past and was completed this previous May. “I wrote the lyrics in varied locations actually, together with my hospital mattress,” Clayton writes. “The track is each private and weak to me and likewise referring to the lives and experiences of others that we don’t see ourselves.”

As Clayton continues his combat with illness, he's decided to get higher and proceed pursuing music. “I need to combat for my life on this excessive making an attempt time and get myself to the place I must be in life,” Clayton writes.

Take a take a look at Clayton’s GoFundMe page for extra details about Clayton’s situation or to donate.