James Billett wrote a song tackling the difficult themes of police brutality and racial profiling back in 2018. Released in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the proceeds from the single are being donated to Black Minds Matter, a mental health charity aiming to provide free mental health support for Black families all over the UK. With this in mind, The Fountain caught up with James to discuss the single.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to What Will They Say About Us?
The reception has been great, I had been sat on this video and song for a long time so honestly it’s more a sense of relief to finally release it. To have people react in the way they have has been wonderful, that’s the whole reason I wrote songs like this.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
A plea to sanity to break the cycle of mistakes that we as humans seem destined to continue making.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
Just keep on going, I’ve recorded so many songs over the years I’m just going to keep releasing them and hope that they find the people to connect with.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Favourite venue ever has to be the Royal Albert Hall, there’s just no other place like it in the world. Every time I even go there I get this immense sense of awe. I’d just love to play there again. As far as the next place, I assume just my living room for now, but the thought of life going back to normal and just playing in front of actual real people would be great, I’m not particularly bothered where that is for now!!