“We’d like individuals to look out for one another now greater than ever,” he explains. “And if a music can present a little bit of escapism, then that’s a stupendous factor, a saving grace.”
This fierce satisfaction in who he’s, and the place he comes from, feeds into Beattie’s politics. His 2019 Boris Brexit Tune, uploaded as “a wee joke” by his pals at a BBQ to Fb, racked up greater than 5m views. Its scurrilous lyrics – “When the pound is in decline/ he’ll have caviar at breakfast time” – make for a gleefully catchy protest music, magnificently set off by Beattie’s grin as he strums away in his shorts.
Now although, the larky days of that sizzling summer time of EU protest appear a world away from Britain’s winter of lockdown discontent.
“I’m not a politician,” says Beattie, with a politician’s skill to choose their manner by way of a thorny query. “I didn’t go to Eton. But it surely’s clear we’d be higher protected if the federal government had acted faster firstly. Boris and Matt Hancock – it’s Laurel and Hardy.
“Being Scottish, it’s onerous to think about something good to say concerning the Tories. I don’t assume Boris has ever been to the sort of estates I grew up in. Don’t assume he’d be very welcome both.”
I nudge him in the direction of Scotland’s simmering independence debate.
“Nicola Sturgeon and Boris, when it comes to management, it’s night time and day. Every thing’s in such a multitude in the meanwhile, [independence] seems like one million miles away. However I feel individuals like me will come out of this sense fairly p–ssed off with how issues had been run in Westminster.”
For now, he’s tramping down these political choices, and specializing in his new music and his too-long-awaited forthcoming tour.
“I’m wanting ahead to assembly these individuals I’ve encountered on-line, giving them a hug when that is throughout and having a pint. Aye, sharing the love.”
Beattie’s new single Tears In My Eyes out now. For tour dates go to: callumbeattie.co.uk