In this week’s episode of “You Should Know,” Billboard is getting to know Yungblud, as he reveals where his stage name came from, recalls the time he was starstruck meeting Dave Grohl, and explains what influenced his Halsey and Travis Barker collaboration “11 Minutes.”
Yungblud, who grew up in Doncaster, England, tells Billboard that he began making music when he was 11 years old.
As for why he decided to go by the name of Yungblud, the singer shares that he didn’t think that his real name (Dominic Harrison) suited the type of music he was writing, calling it “a bit polite.” Being the youngest person on his management roster, his manager constantly referred to him as “young blood,” so he decided to go with that.
Asked what his biggest accomplishment so far has been, Yungblud states that he is really proud of the community that his music has built. “I think I’m really proud of the connection and the safety of this community that’s been built around that name,” he says. “I’m just getting started and I just want that community to grow and grow and grow and grow.”
Speaking of the time he felt most starstruck, Yungblud reminiscences about the time he met Dave Grohl, calling him “such a rock and roll star” and “just so chill.”
In the interview, Yungblud also discusses working with Halsey on “11 Minutes.” Posed with the question of how he and Halsey first met, he replies that it was in Los Angeles and that they met up for a drink to “talk some shit. And then bish, bash, bosh, here we go.”
Discussing their joint song, Yungblud tells Billboard that it was inspired by a story about two young people who fell in love, but they felt like they had to split up to “get a good job or to get somewhere in their life.” But once they realized that they couldn’t live without each other and made plans to meet up, the girl was killed in a car accident on the way to see him.
“The story was such a moving, beautiful tragedy to me,” Yungblud says. “I just think it’s a resemblance of you never know how precious something is until you’ve lost it.”
You can check out the full video interview with Yungblud above, and listen to “11 Minutes” below.