Meet The Thai 'Lover Boy' Who Won Hearts At Unlimited Grooves Festival 2018
Unlimited Grooves Festival may be over, but we can't get over Thai singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit's performance of his viral single, 'Lover Boy'
Prior to his set last weekend, the 22-year-old Bangkok-born heartthrob has already toured around the world
Phum lived in New Zealand before moving back to Thailand at 18 years old.
The singer-songwriter has ticked off performing in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and Europe!
According to New Zealand-based RNZ, Phum's international tours happened because of interest from venues, and not initiated by his label, Rats Records.
We spoke to Phum over the phone about his origins, his life-changing song, and the one skill his fans don't know he has:
SAYS: Hi Phum! You've come so far at such a young age. How did you first get into making music?
Phum: I started making covers of songs I liked when I was 15 or 16 years old, and I posted them on YouTube just for fun. A couple years later, I realised I was rearranging the songs a lot, changing their chords and key and through that, I developed my own style.
Then I thought, hey, why not try writing music? So at 17 years old I began writing my own songs.
SAYS: Tell us how you moved from YouTube to making music under Rats Records.
Phum: They saw me on YouTube, and approached me when I was starting my first year of college in Thailand asking, "Hey, we're just two people making an artist collective, wanna give us a try?"
I said,"Cool! That suits me really well,". I've been with them ever since and it's been three to four years. It's been a really great working relationship.
SAYS: Which song of yours, in your opinion, changed your life?
Phum: I think it was 'Long Gone'. For the longest time, I was making music in English but I was stuck in my own country, so it wasn't until 'Long Gone' opened doors to me internationally. That was a true life-changing moment for me.
SAYS: Tell us something your fans don't know about you.
Phum: I'm like, really good at FIFA! I'm really, really good.
I may not beat you, but if you play with me in the best out of five, I'm 80% sure I can beat you. laughs
SAYS: 88rising's Higher Brothers jumped on your song, 'Lover Boy' and it sounds amazing! How did you react to that?
Phum: One day I woke up to a message from 88rising asking me if it was cool to have 'Lover Boy' on their album. I was like, cool, of course! It's a great opportunity.
They also asked if it was okay for them to collaborate on it so I sent the track over, they remixed it in three days and I was like cool let's do it! And the rest is history. laughs
Phum performed alongside Wolf Alice and Bodega over the weekend at Unlimited Grooves Festival, part of Urbanscapes 2018