Who is the real Huddy? – Rolling Stone
The pop punk revival is alive and well, but it’s not just the return of veterans. Young artists like Huddy are trying to become genre stars, and thanks to his new single “All the Things I Hate About You”, the 20-year-old could just do well.
Huddy, born Chase Hudson and formerly known as Lil Huddy online, got his start on TikTok. He was a member of the infamous Hype House before launching his music career last year with his debut album teenage broken heart.
Like many great songs, Huddy’s latest single gets a major boost from some of the dramas it came from. During the Hype House era, Huddy dated TikTok It Girl Charli D’Amelio. They had a rocky relationship until this year when she started dating Landon Barker, son of Travis Barker. (For an added dose of melodrama, the elder Barker produced Huddy’s debut album.)
“All the Things I Hate About You,” and the love triangle it’s about, caused a stir online and may have launched a potential hit for Huddy. It helps that the song is incredibly catchy with some of the best burns you can shout at, like calling her ex a “homie hopper” and referring to the new beau as a “bum star.”
Huddy stopped by the latest episode of Don’t let this flop to talk about the budding success of his song, whether the song’s supposed topics were strained and what it was like to be on his very first tour.
How does it feel to see “All the Things I Hate About You” explode? Were you surprised at the attention it got?
It was wonderful. I really like that. It is a kind of translation with many people. A lot of people have been able to find their own connection to it and seeing that connecting with people both online and recently on tour has been amazing for me.
What’s the most surprising reaction you’ve had to the song?
I feel like the most surprising thing for me is when you see kids getting interested in your music. I think it’s really strange for me.
Can you tell us about the process of writing the song and how it went?
So when I wrote the song, it happened in early June. I had had a session with two people. I had never done a session with it before. And I told them the concept I had for a song called “All the Things I Hate About You” and we went in and we just did it and we took that first day. Then we came back a second day – having never done a session before booking another session the next day – and then we finished the song. It was just such a quick process. I’ve never seen a song move so fast.
Did the topics of the song mean anything to you?
No not yet. I’ve been a bit isolated recently during the whole process of my tour and I’ve been working a lot. I’m home and I haven’t really spoken to anyone since the beginning of the summer, really
Could you explain the term “homie hopper” to our listeners who may not be familiar with it?
I guess in the definition it’s a person jumping from friend to friend.
You were first recognized on TikTok. Has the take-off of your music career affected your opinion of the app?
I still love TikTok. It has a special place in my heart, but I really found a new love for music and a kind of exploration of the world. It’s a big commitment. And so I spent almost the whole year staying in the studio. It’s fun to really explore it. It’s such a creative world. It’s like painting your own video game in a way. Your creative levels truly have no limits in a studio. So it’s fun to really experiment. See what happens.
What’s on your For You page right now?
I’ll be honest, probably 75% of that is live performances by artists. I see their new music. I see modifications of them. I see pictures of them. That’s mostly what’s on my For You page. And then a lot of stupid jokes, like a lot of stupid humor.
Any artists in particular?
Playboi Carti, you can’t escape him. He is too good. Every time he does a live show, he’ll see it in a hundred different places. Every time he goes to a fashion show, you see that everywhere, just that kind of stuff. Lots of fashion inspiration.
Next month you will play When We Were Young, your first festival set. Are you excited?
Well, I just finished my first tour on Saturday, so I feel like that prepared me for what to expect at my first festival. I feel like going straight into my first festival might be a bit more nerve-wracking, but I feel like I’m well prepared for it. Now I’m ready to take it head on. I’m really excited for this.
What surprised you the most when you were on the road for the first time?
I think the thing that surprised me the most was probably the lack of sleep. I thought because you’re playing for such a small part of the day, it wouldn’t take up too much of your day, but it really does take up your whole day. Even like loading, setting up, setting up merchandising booths, preparing your voice, doing all the pre-show stuff, that’s a lot. And then after that, we usually left town right away. Like right after the show, we were going to the next town. It was so fast that I had no idea I would get used to it so easily. It was very tiring.
When did you decide to drop the “Lil” from your stage name?
There was a thought that I was getting older and transcending the music world a bit and felt like I was taken more seriously. It was time to drop “Lil” from my name just so I could show a different side to what people have seen of me so far. I want them to know me now as Huddy, the artist. I try to make this transition really easy for everyone.
What’s the side of you that people haven’t seen yet?
I don’t think people have seen the real raw version of myself. I think people will get that from music. I thought that by removing “Lil” from my name you would understand that I was a bit more grown up and ready to show the world who I am and not take the reality out of it. I want to be one hundred percent authentic on every level when it comes to my music.
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