Although he hails from a small town in Ontario, Canada, 22-year-old Billy Raffoul’s grainy alternative sound stems from a long history around the rockstar lifestyle. Watching his hometown hero of a father Jody Raffoul open for the likes of Bon Jovi and Joe Cocker gave Billy the confidence to pursue music. Combined with his artist mother’s creative influence, Billy’s parents provided a creative framework for the young artist to explore his musical talent.
Fast forward to 2017, and Billy is Interscope Records’ latest signee with his debut alt-rock release “Driver” out on the label. “Driver” is a rough-around-the-edges tale of a wayward hitchhiker that Billy and his parents picked up after his dad played a gig on an island in the middle of Lake Erie. After relaying the story to songwriters Simon Wilcox and Nolan Lambroza in a writing session in Los Angeles, the trio found deeper meaning in the interaction. “We turned it into something a little more sentimental, in that maybe I’m not singing about someone being lost on the side of the road, but maybe someone lost in life who doesn’t know where they’re going or what they’re supposed to be doing,” said Billy.
While “Driver” is his first official single, Billy builds his reputation as a touring artist by supporting the likes of Missy Higgins, Jeff Beck, Gavin DeGraw and The Fray as an opening act in 2016. Now splitting his time between his humble roots and Nashville, Raffoul uses 2017 to gear up for his debut album release on Interscope. Looking forward, Billy secures a slot on the ten day festival British Summer Time Hyde Park alongside Kings of Leon, Pixies and numerous more esteemed acts. Grab tickets to BST Hyde Park here, and listen to “Driver” below: