“Jodie Abacus from South London – I love this song and love his singles. He has a great future ahead of him!” – Elton John
Jodie Abacus will release his new single ‘I’ll Be That Friend’ on 2 September through Household Records, ahead of his upcoming UK Tour which arrives in Manchester on 25 September.
The song is the follow up to his previous single ‘She’s In Love With The Weekend’, which is currently on BBC Radio 2’s ‘A’ list.
The official video for the song – shot in Los Angeles – was directed by Ethan Lader, who has also directed music videos for Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige, B.O.B., Cee-Lo Green among others.
Inspiration behind the video came from 2015 viral YouTube video ‘People react to being called beautiful’, by Shea Glover. Subsequently, Glover collaborated with Abacus and Lader to create the video for ‘I’ll Be That Friend’.
Written by Abacus when he was feeling his lowest, ‘I’ll Be That Friend’ is rich with meaning and exudes a unique vibe. 2013 was Abacus’ annus horribilis – a year during which he threw every penny he had at launching a music career, almost died of pneumonia and then split up with his girlfriend of five years. He said:
“By the end of that year, I wished I could still have the pneumonia instead of such bad heartache. I was crumbling, sitting in an empty room, just me and a bed and my keyboard. I started playing and crying at the same time. I felt like, if I was looking from the outside at this situation, I would give that person a really, really big hug and say it’s all right. That’s when I wrote I’ll Be That Friend.”
Currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to his debut album, Abacus will tour the UK in September, after supporting Laura Mvula at her Somerset House Summer Series performance and playing at other festivals.
Abacus’ UK Tour will also reach, Glasgow, Leeds and London.