Call Him Lover Boy

Phum Vi­phu­rit, on his in­spi­ra­tions and how he wants peo­ple to feel about his mu­sic.

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Thai- born, New Zealand- raised singer­song­writer Phum Vhipu­rit ’s sunny songs will put you in a #mood

Like a ray of sun­shine that keeps you warm or the seren­ity you feel hear­ing the ocean waves, that’ s how Phum Vi­phu­rit’s mu­sic will make you f eel. Born in Thai­land and raised in New Zealand, Phum may just be the next big thing in the in die mu­sic scene. With over 26 mil­lion views on his lat­est sin­gle‘ Lover Boy ’, Phum man­aged to so­lid­ify and ex­pand his fan­base world­wide when he was no­ticed by tr end­ing so­cial me­dia chan­nel, 88ris­ing.

The 22- year- old singer started writ­ing his own songs when he was 17 and has since grown into a pretty con­sis­tent hit- maker. Lim­it­ing Phum to one genre wouldn’t do him jus­tice. He uses a hy­brid of dif­fer­ent gen­res—like folk, funk, and al­ter­na­tive—in his own song­writ­ing to form a di­verse body of mel­low yet dis­tinct orig­i­nal mu­sic .“My ob­jec­tive is to make peo­ple for­get all the bad vibes and have a great time lis­ten­ing to it[ his mu­sic ]. That’s all I want ,” he told # TeamCLEO in an ex­clu­sive phone in­ter­view. Phum just fin­ished as old-out tour in the US, but ad­mits that he didn’t ex­pect this at all .“This year when I grad­u­ated, I wanted to take a gap year. I def­i­nitely wanted to travel the world, learn how to be a bari sta and work in cof­fee shops—noth­ing more than that.

“But I’ m grate­ful that the tim­ing of my life has worked out re­ally well, and now I guess I get to work and travel. I get to play mu­sic for all these new peo­ple I’ ve never met be­fore. Yeah, it’ s been crazy—to go to the States where the ma­jor­ity of my fan base is so amaz­ing,” Phum gushed.

MEET THE MAN(CHILD)

When i t comes to mu­si­cal i nflu­ences, Phum ad­mits t hat t here i sn’t a spe­cific artist t hat he i dolises, but r ather a mix­ture of dif­fer­ent artists. But i f he re­ally

Phum at a pup­pet show in Tainan, Tai­wan

The al­bum art­work for Phum’s first al­bum ’Man­child’

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