Despite undertones dealing with the human struggle for acceptance ‘Good Intentions’ encapsulates all the ingredients of a classic pop anthem.
Layers of slick beats and spangly, driven electronics are complimented by Bishop’s powerhouse and emotive vocal as it explodes to form a well constructed snap-shot into the mind of the emerging artist.
Here’s ten questions with the singer.
Hey Stephen! If you could describe your sound in one sentence, what would it be?
Polished pop but with meat on the bone.
What’s the message of your new single, ‘Good Intentions’?
I wrote Good Intentions about two years ago, this song takes on two issues that have controlled and shaped most of my formative years.
Growing up gay in rural Ireland had its challenges, I come from a great family and have great friends but harbouring those feelings for so long had lasting effects on the way I saw myself and the way I thought the world saw me.
I came out as gay when I was 20. After coming out I thought that everything would fall into place and suddenly be okay for me, but I soon realised that just because I wasn’t holding on to that secret anymore didn’t mean that the effects ofit went away.
Self-doubt began to creep into my life on a more regular basis and everything I did, was a constant comparison to what those around me were doing. Writing this song was a crucial moment for me, it acts as a reminder of my own self worth and rebuilt my self esteem.
Who or what is doing it for you right now in the world of music?
I am absolutely LOVING everything that Troye Sivan is doing right now! He is absolutely owning it. Really excited to hear his new album.
Who is the greatest personal influence on your life and why?
Definitely my parents! They are the best and have shaped me into the person I am today and I don’t know where I would be without them.
Who is the greatest musical influence on you, and why?
I grew up listening to a lot of pop music, anything from Mika to Pink. But in the last few years I’ve been obsessed with artists like NAO, James Blake and Lianne La Havas. So I draw influence from a lot of different artists but most recently I’d have to say NAO.
Who is your LGBT+ icon?
100% Mika. He is so fab!
If you could have any five musicians over for a jamming session, who would they be?
Stevie Wonder, Nao, James Blake, Frank Ocean & Adele (actually how fab would that be)
Who would play you in the biopic of your life, and what would it be called?
That’s a tough one, I’m gonna say Timothee Chalamet because I’m kind of obsessed with him right now. And it would be called ‘I ain’t no saint’ haha
What’s the best piece of life advice you ever received?
To be unashamedly yourself. If you really commit to just living your life and making the decisions you want to make and really believing in yourself it will all work out. Don’t waste time worrying what people are going to think, just be yourself. I’ve spent many years of my life worrying what people are going to think of me but recently I’ve embraced who I am and I’m kind of loving it.
If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you do today?
I would obviously surround myself with loved ones and go for a nice walk and then just chill and watch Finding Nemo or something.
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