Billy Raffoul is an artist determined to share with the world his music that breaks hearts and helps feed the soul. His raspy and melodic voice will carry you away and will have you wanting more of his music.
That’s the only way you can describe the voice of the 23-year old singer/songwriter, Billy Raffoul. I had a chance to chat with him as he is on tour with ZZ Ward. Raffoul has accomplished a lot and is excited to keep continuing this path of creativity with each day that comes. The artist from Ontario, Canada, spent most of his youth with his professional musician father Jody Raffoul and his painter, writer, and teacher mother. With a steady background in the arts, there was no doubt that this young man was destined to find his way into the scene himself.
It was a pleasure to hear what Raffoul had to say. Soft-spoken and kind-hearted, Raffoul gave honest answers with pauses for thought, chuckles, and assertion. With his few releases out, we will be expecting a project out soon.
As young as he is, he has never let that phase him, especially since being surrounded by a musical and artistic family who have always been supportive of Raffoul’s endeavors as well.
He recently released his acoustic rendition of his single “You Be Love”, which you can watch below. There’s something to be said when a voice can make you feel both safe and protected while also make you feel strong and forceful. His voice is corse, broken, yet strong all at once. It makes a perfect combination of something between a modern-day Bruce Springsteen and Jeff Buckley along with a bit of Hozier.
Raffoul had also released his new single “DarkFourDoor” which you can listen to now below.
The touring artist explains, “I spent all of January in the studio, in Los Angeles, so we really didn’t have any time for rehearsals. So we kinda just jumped into it after having 6 weeks off of each other. This tour started on the 30th, Salt Lake City, and it’s been amazing…it’s all very natural getting back to our first stretch after being away from each other.” He mentions happily how he has been able to get a lot of exploring out of this.
On tour Raffoul’s favorite snack aired towards the healthy side. “I love apples. My grandparents owned a fruit stand that they would sell during the summers in my hometown…so, I love like fuji apples. And for junk food, it would be peanut M&M’s, that’s my go-to. Today, we found a Tim Horton’s. Whenever we find one we always feel pretty happy.”
Of course, I wanted to ask how this mysterious, edgy character would describe himself, or I guess how his friends would describe him, to which he replied, “I guess it depends on the friend”. He then continues “I definitely have some sort of OCD”, chuckling. “Speaking for myself, I’m definitely determined, definitely very determined.”
The popular singer/songwriter of the track “Issues”, Julia Michaels, often writes with Raffoul. “We started writing 3 years ago, we’ve done so many songs together and in January we were writing together again. She’s great to work with, it’s kind of anything goes…I think it’s a really great dynamic…She was one of the first people I co-wrote with” comments the guitarist.
I then asked him of all the songs he has ever written, which would best describe him. “Ummm, I don’t know which one best describes me.” He pauses for a moment, laughs and you can feel how he thinks to himself about some of the songs he has written. “I have a couple favorites off the new album, but there’s one in particular called “1975” that is one of the oldest tracks off the album that I really like”.
The artist tells us that there’s a lot to be excited about including “a lot of new songs, lot of new stories”. He’s looking forward to showing people how he likes to write and the sound he likes to share.
I had to ask about how Raffoul is able to keep that majestic mane of his so in tact, to which he laughed and replied “I need to wash my hair right now.. it’s always ‘where do I buy your music and then followed by what kind of conditioner do you use?’ haha, it’s never really one kind of conditioner, I always say it’s whatever the hotel has.” He laughs again at his honesty.
What was great about this whole conversation was how real and authentic it felt. Raffoul has nothing to hide and is true to himself and his fans, and we can appreciate the authenticity he exudes.
“I’m excited to really grow this thing in music and I can’t wait to explore more of the world and meet more people and play my music. I feel like we started with a very solid base especially at the last show with the songs … and we’re all, me and my crew are very happy. The goal is to do it on a larger scale, so hopefully, maybe in the future, we’re getting to perform in bigger venues and climbing higher and having our own headlining shows” he says with enthusiasm.
There is no doubt that this will happen as the cards have already been placed in Raffoul’s favor. There is never a question of success when there is true talent behind the music.
Be sure to be on the lookout for the upcoming album and check him out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.