Sean Wyer’s ‘Videogames’ is out June 4th, and it feels like an instant classic.

London-based queer pop artist Sean Wyer is already turning heads with his addictive music.

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Having recently received attention from Jaguar on BBC Introducing, Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1 and grassroots blogs across the web, Sean is returning with a ground-breaking new single, ‘Videogames’. This pop earworm is packed with affectionate lyrics and bright harmonies which glide effortlessly atop layers of slick production.

With his charity shop couture and knowing charm, this confident LGBTQ+ songwriter is destined to go far.

 

Introduce yourself in less than 10 words…

Optimistic and theatrical, with a good splash of honesty.

 

What made you want to get into music?

When I was about 12, some family friends moved into a new flat and couldn’t fit their piano up the stairs. My parents said we’d look after it and I started writing my first songs on it pretty much straight away. I’d always loved rhyming words together and I realised that was a skill I could use.

 

What’s the writing process?

It always starts back to basics, in a room with a piano. I still write my best songs on that same piano from when I was a kid.

 

How do you transfer that onstage energy to the studio?

Getting that energy from a live performance in the studio is super hard. You can’t really move your head around so for me it’s all about windmilling my arms as wildly as possible!

 

What come first lyrics or music?

For me they can come in any order really. Generally speaking though, the core moments come to me at the same time. Then it’s just a case of filling in the blanks!

 

What was the last track you played on Spotify?

Love Not Loving You – Foxes. It’s has an absolutely _beautiful_ bass line.

 

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Simple. More trans representation.

 

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

If I’m allowed Freddie Mercury, then him. If not, then probably Kim Petras or Yungblud.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

I got told very early on that I’d do better if I showed “more skin”. It’s terrible advice but it helped me to realise that I should only take advice from people I trust. Other than that, “do it right now” was a big one for me.

 

What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?

I think Junodream are really killing it. I’ve also really enjoyed watching Luke Royalty grow so quickly at the moment. I have a lot of time for Lava La Rue too.

 

What’s in store for you when all this is over?

Probably make a cup of tea.

 

How are you coping with lockdown?

Terribly. First night out to Heaven and I’ve got covid which is _not_ ideal. I’d encourage everyone to get vaccinated and wear a mask. Pwease!

 

How is lock down effecting the music scene?

Music will never not be needed but it has been incredibly tough. With the rise of streaming, TikTok has become the frontier for new artists. That’s all well and good but I’d love to see live venues take up some of the slack. Live gigs are the single best way for me to connect with my fans and I miss it hugely.

 

Where can we find out more? 

Got to get a plug in! Brand new T-shirts are available on my website, seanwyer.com. Please feel free to drop a follow on Spotify, YouTube and Instagram!

 

Talk us through the new track

Videogames is really about missing people you love. Lockdown was incredibly tough in that way. I’d fallen for a guy, but I was scared to tell him. I spent my teenage years in the closet, so I hadn’t had many chances to experience these deeply romantic feelings before. It was mid-lockdown and playing video games was a way to take my mind off how I felt. I’d get lost in the game and it made it easier to not think about things. In the end, I worked through my emotions by writing this song for him.

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