Get to Know 'Hurt Somebody' Singer-Songwriter Noah Kahan: Watch

Singer-songwriter Noah Kahan stopped by the Billboard office to share some interesting facts about himself as part of the “You Should Know” video series, including who he thinks would play him in a movie and who he would love to collaborate with.

The 21-year-old shares that he grew up in the small town of Strafford, VT and that he started making music at the age of nine. “It was mostly just depressing songs about colors and the days of the week,” he says. “But I learned guitar when I was 12 and I started writing every day after that. And started to get a little better at it.”

Kahan’s first job ever was working as a valet at a hotel, which he was fired from for crashing an Infinity. “This is a much better job than that,” he jokes. The musician also shares that if there were a movie being made about his life, his first casting choice would be Jesus. “But if he was busy that day, then the long-haired guy from Swedish House Mafia,” he adds.

Asked what his favorite album of all time is, the “Hurt Somebody” singer goes with For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver, Maybe I Forget Where Were by Ben Howard and T for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens. He also reveals that he would like to collaborate with Hozier. “I think he's amazing,” he says. “It'd just be a real cool experience.”

Kahan also gets caught in a little fib when asked for a fact about himself that might surprise people. He says that after living in Costa Rica for a year, he learned to speak Spanish, but then he is asked to speak a little Spanish for the camera. “This is just for the soundbite,” he confesses with a laugh. “I can't really speak Spanish. I can speak Spanish but it's not good enough for people to be impressed.”

Check out the full video above to hear much more from Kahan, including which skill he hopes to master and what the latest television show he binge-watched was.


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