”In three words? I’m very smiley. I’m shy, and lastly ... I’m very content with everything.”
has to name one, he cites Mac De Marco .“I do get influenced by Mac DeMarco. Not so much his music direction but I guess the way he goes about it and his lifestyle .” Another source of inspiration? His surrounding sand lately, especially his travels.
When asked about his f avourite song off his record, Phum hesitated. It’ s like picking a f avourite child! But after plenty of consideration, he chose a song off t he Japanese edition of his album Manchild called ‘ Fresh off t he Boat’.
“It was inspired by my field trip with my friends to the States where we lived in Orange County and LA for like three weeks. I made t his song on my computer — I didn’t have my microphone or guitar with me so I made it all digitally, which is different t han what I usually do, but I ended up having a good time. So I guess it was just being in the moment andre ali sing that you’ re not in some sort of glass cage that you can’t break out off .”
MORE THAN JUST A SINGER
Many identify Phum as a new face in the Ne o-Soul genre, but we couldn’t help but wonder if he ever thought of dabbling in a different genre.
“Mmm, dabble. I like that word. I definitely want to try world music—I feel like it’ s very universal; even though world music comes from different cultures, it’ s something that I feel people around the world would appreciate. It’ d be cool to make a song where you mix all the influence soft he places you’ve been to. I’ d like to try that out .”
A recent film school graduate, Phum also has a hand in the film making process. He actually directed the music video for his song‘ Long Gone ’, which now has over 8 million views on YouTube. He does hope to produce more music videos—if no this own, then those of his artist e friends. His aesthetic? Bright, chill and super ‘90 s—but in just the right proportions.
Phum was quick to say “yes” when asked if he would ever direct a short film .“I’ m still in touch with my friends in college who are working in films, so definitely! I spent f our years getting a degree for it, so it’ s not going to go away for sure. I’ m really into making short films and whenever I find the time, I will try to write up a script and direct it in the future !”
Phum admits t hat he hasn’t really figured out how to describe his music style but he sure hope it gives the listener chill vibes.
“Aw man, t hat’s hard. I can’t really describe it. My music style is very lazy. Okay, maybe not lazy, but very chill. Like I hope it relax es people[ when they listen to it ].”
So who is Phum? Not the recording artist, but t he Thai boy who grew up in New Zealand.
“Oh man, who am I? In three words? I’ m very smiley. I’ m a lot more shy than people think I am, and last ly, I would say that I’ m very content with everything. So yes, smiley, shy and content.”
Aside from playing a lot of European EDM to mess with his German tour guide and bus driver, Phum is usually out th rifting or in his room playing video games during his downtime. “Generally just being really lazy and not leaving my bedroom the whole day is one of my favourite[ kinds of] downtime.”
FAR FROM BEING LONG GONE
When it comes to the future, Phum couldn’t help but laugh while calculating how old he’d be then, admitting that he hasn’t thought that far .“I’ m just going day by day, really. I hope to still be passionate, with whatever I’ m doing at that time, and I’ m sure I’ ll still be making music and writing songs. I hope I still get to travel, get to make music with my friends and do my own work. I hope to make a short film like I planned, and I hope to be with my family in my home .”
Since it has been awhile since‘ Lover Boy ’, many are wondering when we’ll get new music f rom Phum. One thing’ s for sure, it is coming.
“I’ m really taking my time to make sure I’ m happy with each one, before I play it for people. But yeah I’ m hoping people would want some more and hopefully I can put it out soon !”
With a meteoric rise to the charts and You tube views, we know we’re not t he only ones waiting.
Phum and dancer, Techita Tangwiriyarojkul on set for the ‘ Long Gone’ MV
Serenading the crowd at Unlimited Grooves Festival , Urbanscapes