Yungblud talks inspiration behind self-titled third album, meeting Mick Jagger and more: Watch

Why did Young blood titled his third studio album after himself? Because it’s “about me”, says the English rocker.

Released Friday (September 2) through LOCOMOTION/Geffen Records, Young blood is the follow-up to the 2020s Strange! and includes the singles “The Funeral”, “Memories” (with Willow) and “Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today”.

This is what the artist, whose real name is Dominic Harrison, tells us Billboard newsTetris Kelly that his latest album “was an exercise for me in finding friends and people like me,” noting that he has experienced feelings of isolation and loneliness in the past. “I literally looked at an iPhone and said, ‘Hey, is there anyone out there like me?'”

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Yungblud says he sees himself more as a communicator than a musician. “To be honest, I don’t even see myself as a musician first, which is such a mental thing to say,” he notes. “I see myself as a communicator. This album is called Yungblud because I think it’s about me.”

During his sit down with Billboard newsYungblud also discussed meeting The rolling stones frontman Mick Jaggerthere recently gave him a shout like a cut actor who “makes me think there’s still some life in rock and roll” during an interview with Swedish radio station P4.

“Mick Jagger is everything to me, as a frontman, as an activist, as a rock star, as a sex icon,” he says, recalling a meeting with the legendary rocker. “When you meet a rock ‘n’ roll star, you can’t say, ‘Oh, my God!’ I had a shot of whiskey, went in – okay Mick, how are you? In my head I was like, ‘What the hell?’

Yungblud also shared his thoughts on the state of rock music. “Rock ‘n’ roll is about energy,” he says. “It’s not about a drum kit, it’s not about a guitar, it’s about nothing but freedom and energy, because energy doesn’t lie. Freedom to express, freedom to be yourself, freedom not to conform.”

Watch Yungblud’s full interview above.

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