Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.
Recently we’ve met Australian superstar-in-the-making Ali Barter, LA sad boy Gabriel Black, NYC trio The Wants, Stoke Newington’s M.T. Hadley, and now we’re introducing you to your new fave indie dreamboat Role Model.
Born in Maine and now residing in LA, the buzzy newcomer - whose real name is Tucker Pillsbury - translates tales of heartbreak and hopelessness into heartfelt lyrics and lush melodies, creating lo-fi slow burners with the ability to make you cry at one point and dance at the other.
Now with his latest EP ‘Oh, How Perfect’ set to shine with its raw and relatable tales, we had a quick catch up with him to ask him all the qs you really wanna know.
Describe your music to us in the form of a Tinder bio.
I’m cute but I’m broken.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
When I was 7 or 8, I used to dress up like Elvis on holidays and perform with my aunt in front of my moms whole family. I used to have an obsession with him. Posters, lunchboxes, giant cut-outs and all.
Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
Mac Miller. I spent three years in Pittsburgh for school and to see the impact he had on an entire city was extremely motivating. I could go on about Mac forever, but when I finally met him in LA I think that was the most pivotal moment in my life. Never stopped working after that.
You’re based in LA! What do you think of the music scene there at the moment?
It’s hard to say for me, because I don’t really immerse myself in the music scene or hang with many artists. I stay in the studio and work by myself. Music aside, the LA “scene” isn’t a very welcoming place, people are quite rude here and I’m not sure why.
Are there any other artists breaking through at the same time that you take inspiration from?
Who would be your dream collaborator?
Tyler, The Creator. In any capacity.
Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year?
So much new music to perform! I can’t WAIT. There is so much more energy in this new stuff that will totally change the live shows.
If people could take away one thing from your music, what would it be?
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