Interview: Caleb Linscombe - Sick

Born in Louisiana and based in Paris, Caleb Linscombe was inspired by his allergies for his recent release, ‘Sick’, a Jack Johnson-esque summer trendsetter. I caught up with him for a Q&A:

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Lewis Abbott

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Lewis) You describe ‘Sick’ as a diss track to your doctor, why is that? 

Caleb) Ha ha, that was a joke. It all started with me writing songs in the forest and I couldn't stop sneezing. I was rapping the bit that you hear in the second verse but it was all different lyrics at the time. I was basically dissing my doctor. I thought it’d be funny to keep going with that, but I'm a singer/songwriter so I couldn't help turning it into a love song. I know, gross.

What are you actually allergic to? 

Literally everything known to mankind. Well, not food. Thank God I'm not allergic to food. But the second I step out of my apartment, I'm destined to sneeze on anyone within 50m. And trees are especially bad.

What, other than allergies, inspires you the most?

Turtles. Turtles are freaking cool.

Who are you listening to right now?

I listen to music seasonally, and right now it's that awkward time between summer and autumn, so Cavetown has been on a lot. But he’ll soon be replaced with folky stuff like Ben Howard and Bon Iver (I’m sorry, lemon dude). If you're talking about this exact moment, then some guy called Zach Winters is playing. He's pretty good.

If you could curate a festival over three days, who would headline?

Oooh, I'm going to pick artists I haven't seen live yet. And that would be Bon Iver, Billie Eilish and Drake. I like variety.