Alt-pop artist St. Bishop has released his new single Close. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

Speaking about the new track, he says, "I wrote this song about one of those whirlwind romances that immediately sweeps you off of your feet and plunges you into a world where nothing else matters.

"It was a passionate romance that quickly ignited but just as quickly burnt out. We met on the dance floor at PRIDE, dancing towards each other, moving through the crowd, and eventually met face to face in the middle of the dance floor - think the Cinderella Story, starring Hillary Duff and Chad Michael Murray but with a lot more vodka."

The song was born in a pre-pandemic world and finished in lockdown via zoom. The track is produced by Sean Behan, co-produced by St. Bishop, and mixed and mastered by Stephen Lovatt.

Tell us three things about yourself

I love sandwiches and am a firm believer that any meal or leftovers can be made into a great sandwich. I get a lot of stick about this from my housemates but honestly, lasagne sandwiches are THE BEST.

I have always really disliked my teeth and finally bit the bullet and got my braces on this year. It's very exciting.

I used to always watch WWE as a kid and got back into watching it about four years ago. It’s been super cool seeing so many Irish wrestlers lead the way over there, people like Becky Lynch & Finn Balor are prime examples. They are not only incredible at what they do but also champion and uplift many minority groups or communities which have previously lacked representation in that space.

They’re both huge allies of the LGBTQ+ community and I respect them both so much for what they’re doing. One of my life goals is to perform at Wrestlemania as either one of them makes their entrance. That would be incredible.

How would you describe your music?

My music is playful, energetic, and driven by emotion. The main goal is to make the listener dance their socks off and get totally lost in the moment.

Lyrically I try to write from a place of brutal honesty, even if at times it means revealing feelings that I’ve not yet totally figured out. I guess song-writing is a tool I use to process my emotions and experiences, it’s been a big help over the past year, and I hope the music I release this year can create a similar positive impact.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Vocally I draw a lot of influence from Stevie Wonder and Jordan Rakei. Sonically I am a big pop lover and growing up I owned every Now CD under the sun. Currently some of my biggest loves are Troye Sivan, Dua Lipa, and Honne.

How have you been occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?

I have been working on my debut EP, which comes out later this year. I am super grateful for it as it has allowed me to stay focused and creative during what otherwise has been a really difficult time for any musician or artist. I can’t wait to release it and fingers crossed to gig it.

What’s your favourite song right now?

Oh, that's a tough one. This new Laura Mvula track came on my 'discover weekly’ last week and it is an absolute gem.

Favourite lyric of all time?

Jordan Rakei – Borderline. "Your wickedness unequivocally undresses similarly - too much for my mind. You try to rest but I’m seeing through your disguises. I’m seeing it all yes, with my own eyes". The lyrics are so powerful, and his melody and phrasing are so satisfying. It feels like a game of Tetris when everything slots perfectly into place.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

ABBA - Gimme Gimme Gimme. It is a gift that just keeps giving. It has got me through my thesis, has been the soundtrack to so many great nights out and never fails to put me in a good mood.

Where can people find your music / information?

I’m everywhere, @iamstbishop on socials or St. Bishop on streaming. Come follow and join in on the craic if you want to. :)