Bangkok is a city brimming with talented and fascinating people. In 27 Questions, we interview notable Bangkok personalities, learning about their whims and aversions, important life moments and their hopes and dreams, all revealed in about the same amount of time it takes to sit through a round of speed dating.

Alternative indie music insiders will recognise him by his name, yet most others across the globe are likely to know him by a nickname that stems from a single sweet lyric: lover boy.

A master of said sweet lyrics, Bangkok-born singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit catapulted to international fame with the release of his Lover Boy single in 2018, and has since taken the world of neo-soul by storm. Dreamy compositions, boyish charm, and a smile to tug on all kinds of heart strings, the self-proclaimed song bird with an acoustic guitar is a real one to watch.

After all, Phum has fluttered from the local Bangkok screen to the big scenes in just a few years. The effortlessly hipster heartthrob started writing his own songs when he was just 17 years old, seeking inspiration and influences from various genres. He began performing in 2014, and slowly won over fans with both his original and cover songs posted to his Youtube channel. Phum followed up with his first full English album Manchild in 2017 – which was entirely crowdfunded, no less – before landing two hit singles: Long Gone and Lover Boy. Tours across Asia, Europe, and the US followed in a whirlwind of whim thereafter, for the young musician who has a soothing voice that feels like a Sunday.

Capturing every emotion from teenage love and angst to journeys into adulthood (he’s 23) and more, Phum Viphurit is his music and his music is him. Here, we get a small peek inside his melodious mind. Call him Bangkok’s very own indie lover boy.

All images via Phum Viphurit

Name: Phum Viphurit
Age: 23
Neighbourhood: Chatuchak
Occupation: Singer-Songwriter

What is your life motto?

“Don’t worry, be happy”.

What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten in Bangkok?

Mango and sticky rice.

Who is your role model?

My family.

What was your first job?

Freelance film scorer.

What is your drink of choice?

Water.

When was the last time you drove a car?

Never.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

A night owl.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tuna spread.

What is your biggest regret in life?

Not sharing my art sooner.

What do you hate most about living in Bangkok?

Rush hour.

How often do you prepare your own meals?

Once a month.

What is your greatest fear?

Animal faeces.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Ice cream.

What is one movie everyone should see?

Little Miss Sunshine. 

What is your typical Sunday like?

Extremely lazy.

Which moment in your life would you most like to relive?

First international show in Japan, 2018.

What makes someone a real Bangkokian?

Social skills, being a great compromiser and a good drinker.

What is one song you know all the lyrics to?

American Boy by Estelle.

If you could banish someone from Bangkok forever, who would it be?

Unjust people with power.

Where do you go when you want to be alone?

My bedroom.

What is one thing you've never revealed to your parents?

Nothing, I’m pretty sure they know everything.

What is your favourite scent in the whole world?

Apple pie and cinnamon.

Who is the best teacher you've ever had, and what is one important lesson they taught you?

Mr.Cook, my music teacher in high school. He taught me to do what I love, and that the rest doesn’t matter.

Would you rather never be alone for a single moment, or be alone for the rest of your life?

I’d rather never be alone for a single moment.

What is the last dream you remember waking up to?

Meeting Will Smith as the character Genie from Aladdin.

How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? Which do you wear the most often?

20+, and I wear my Converse High Tops most.

What was the best moment of your life?

This current moment as you are reading.

Phum Viphurit will be performing at Siri House this Sunday 16 June. More information here.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.