Putting the ‘bed’ in bedroom production, Alfie Templeman is a man on the rise. Recently included on the longlist for BBC Music Sound of 2021 and with new single, Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody becoming Annie Mac’s fourth consecutive Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1, it’s still only the beginning for the 18-year old.
Current king of bedroom production – or should I say prince? – (he’s only just turned 18), Alfie Templeman Zooms me from his bedroom in Bedfordshire, which is fitting given that this is the very room that he wrote, performed, and produced new single, Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody in at the age of 14.
2020 was quite the year for the rising star, who was included on the coveted longlist for BBC Music Sound of 2021, had his face plastered on YouTube’s 90 foot billboards in Times Square in New York and central L.A., plus he’s just surpassed the 50,000,000 cumulative streams mark across his releases and has racked up over 1,000,000 monthly listeners.
Despite this, he insists that he’s “just a normal bloke” making tunes from home. When I interview him, he is sporting thick black-rimmed glasses and slightly mad hair.
“I decided to cut my hair for no reason just because I'm that bored,” he laughs, ruffling his new do. “It was kind of down to my shoulders before, so I thought, ‘I need to change things up a little bit’. I'm so bored of just doing the same thing, and even just cutting my hair at this point is like a major step!”
Templeman reminds me a little of Daniel Radcliffe; barely pausing to draw a breath, he speaks quickly and is brimming with good-natured energy and enthusiasm, pausing occasionally to poke fun at himself. Having very recently reached official adulthood, you can’t blame him for his recent successes not having sunk in yet.
“I'm just doing it in my room; I’m a normal bloke just making a bit of a tune. People have come along with me on my journey; everyone's part of it; everyone's invited to the party. Just bring drinks! I can say that now I'm 18,” he laughs.