Yungblud has sung the praises of Katy Perry and the way her punk rock spirit inspired his own creative process.
The musician recently sat down with Daily Star in promotion of his recently released second album, Weird!. The interview saw him expand on the profound impact that Katy Perry songs ‘California Gurls’ and ‘I Kissed A Girl’ had on his artistic process.
“Especially in the beginning with ‘California Gurls’ and ‘I Kissed A Girl’ – all that stuff was so punk rock to me,” he explained. “I don’t know about you but I don’t remember anyone else at that time doing anything like that.”
Yungblud went on to explain that those two songs helped shape album cut ‘Cotton Candy’.
“I just wanted a balls-to-the-wall song about sex, sexual liberation [and] fluidity, and talk about everyone’s ever-evolving idea of sexuality,” he said.
He then shared a gorgeous anecdote about the time he met Katy Perry and partner Orlando Bloom whilst off his rocker at Coachella.
“I met Katy Perry off my tits at Coachella and I was like, ‘Fuck that is Katy Perry?’,” he recalled. “I was with my ex-girlfriend and it was a bizarre experience.
“I met Orlando Bloom too and I was like, ‘Wow, fuck, you’re in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ mate, you are fucking sick.’
“Being at Coachella with Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom off my tits was fucking insane and I was like, ‘Right, OK, I can’t wait to tell the guys in Norton Working Men’s Club about this.'”
Elsewhere in the interview, Yungblud delved into what he hopes to achieve with his music. “I just wanted to tell the truth and help people figure out their identity and gender, and figuring out drugs, love, heartbreak, depression, love loss, fucking everything,” he explained.
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Next September, Yungblud will bring his explosive live show to arenas across Australia. Find the tour dates and relevant information below.
2021 ‘Life on Mars’ Australian Tour
Thursday 2 September
Melbourne, Margaret Court Arena
Saturday 4 September
Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall
Sunday 5 September
Adelaide, Thebarton Theatre
Wednesday 8 September
Sydney, Hordern Pavilion