When 19-year-old British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg visited Rolling Stone’s Rock Room at SXSW, he talked about life after hitting Number One on the U.K. charts with his self-titled debut record. “I was shocked. I didn’t think it was gonna do that,” he said. “Obviously, my life’s changed quite a bit, with the record coming out. You’re going to meet new people and go to different places and you’re gonna experience new things.”
Bugg propelled himself to success on the basis of his songwriting. “It can be disheartening to see acts that don’t necessarily have any input on their own material to do so well in the charts,” he said.
Interview by Eric R. Danton; text by Joe Pinsker