Role Model (singer)

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Role Model
Birth nameTucker Pillsbury
Also known as
  • Dillis
  • Tucker
Born (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 25)[1]
Portland, Maine, U.S.
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2017–present
Labels
Websiteheyrolemodel.com

Tucker Pillsbury, known professionally as Role Model (stylized in all caps), is an American singer-songwriter and former rapper. After self-releasing his debut extended play Arizona in the Summer in 2017, he earned a following online and was signed to Interscope Records in 2018. He later released two EPs–Oh, How Perfect (2019) and Our Little Angel (2020)–through Interscope and Polydor Records. His debut studio album, Rx, was released in 2022.

Early life[edit]

Tucker Pillsbury was born in Portland, Maine and grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.[2] His father, Rusty, is a real estate appraiser, and his mother, Susan Pillsbury, is a special education teacher in Cape Elizabeth.[3] As a child, he was heavily inspired by Elvis Presley, and would perform to his family while dressed as him.[4] Throughout high school, he took an interest in film, and in 2016, he moved to Pittsburgh to major in film at Point Park University. During his freshman year, he broke his wrist due to a skiing accident at Sugarloaf Mountain, and later broke his wrist again due to a skateboarding accident.[5] While he was stuck in his dorm, two of his friends left music equipment in his dorm, prompting him to record several rap mixtapes while learning how to use Logic Pro.[6][2] He soon dropped out of college after his grades started to fall.[5]

Career[edit]

Role Model began rapping in 2016 under the mononym Tucker, and released his debut mixtape, Since When. He soon changed his stage name to Dillis, and self-released his debut album, Moth, in June 2016. That same month, he performed at a show at the Maine State Pier, and he later performed as an opener for Lil Debbie during her 2016 U.S. tour.[7][3]

In early 2017, he changed his stage name to Role Model and switched from rapping to singing. He self-released his debut extended play, Arizona in the Summer, in December 2017 after recording it in his closet, which earned him a following online.[8][3] After hearing the EP, rapper Mac Miller invited Role Model to Los Angeles for the two to work together. He was signed to Interscope Records in 2018.[5] A music video for his song "Play the Part" was released in November 2018.[9] His single "Minimal" was released in May 2019 along with a music video.[10] He was featured on the song "Fucked Up, Kinda" from Julia Michaels's EP, Inner Monologue Part 2, released in June 2019.[11] He released the music video for his single, "Hello", in October 2019. In November 2019, he released his second EP, Oh, How Perfect, in November 2019 through Interscope Records and Polydor Records.[12][6] His first headlining tour, the Far from Perfect Tour, took place throughout late 2019.[13]

In February 2020, he released an acoustic version of his song "Notice Me".[6] He released his third EP, Our Little Angel, in October 2020 through Polydor Records.[14] A music video for his song "Blind" was released in October 2020.[5] In July 2021, he released the single "Forever&More", and in September 2021, he released the single "Death Wish".[15][16] On February 18, 2022, he released the single "If Jesus Saves, She's My Type" alongside its music video.[17] The same day, Role Model also announced the title, the tracklist, and the official release date of his debut album. In March 2022, he released the album's third single "Neverletyougo" with a music video.[18] His debut album, Rx, was released on April 8, 2022.[19] The music video for "Rx", the title track, was released on April 9, 2022.[citation needed]

Artistry[edit]

Role Model took his name from Paul Rudd's character in the 2008 film Role Models.[2] He often plays acoustic guitar on his songs, and his music has been described as pop[20][6][13] and bedroom pop.[21][22] He has called Mac Miller an inspiration of his due to his influence on the city of Pittsburgh, and called meeting him "the most pivotal moment in [his] life".[4] Critics have described his lyrics, which discuss topics such as sex, mental health, and relationships,[20][5] as "relatable"[4] and "confessional".[13]

Personal life[edit]

Throughout his career, Pillsbury has been very open about mental health issues and his own depression.[21] As of 2019, he is based in Hollywood.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Rx

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Details
Arizona in the Summer
  • Released: January 30, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Oh, How Perfect
  • Released: November 13, 2019
  • Label: Interscope, Polydor
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Our Little Angel
  • Released: October 21, 2020
  • Label: Interscope, Polydor
  • Formats: 12″ vinyl, digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

List of singles with title, year, and album
Title Year Album
"Cocaine Babe" 2017 Non-album single
"Puerto Rican" (featuring Patches)
"Girl in New York"
"I Don't Rly Like U" Arizona in the Summer
"Not a Fan" 2018 Non-album single
"Stolen Car"
"Play the Part"
"Six Speed"
"The Climb" 2019
"Minimal"
"Hello!" Oh, How Perfect
"Notice Me (Acoustic)" 2020 Non-album single
"For the People in the Back" Our Little Angel
"Blind"
"Forever&More" 2021 Rx
"Death Wish" Non-album single
"If Jesus Saves, She's My Type" 2022 Rx
"Neverletyougo"
"Rx"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brodksy, Rachel (August 8, 2019). "Role Model On Playing Lolla For The First Time". Grammys. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Lanham, Tom (December 11, 2019). "Role Model's music comes from loneliness". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Routhier, Ray (January 19, 2020). "Creative kid from Cape Elizabeth now on the rise as pop singer Role Model". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "Get To Know... Role Model". DIY. November 13, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d e Oleinik, Marie (October 9, 2020). "On The Rise: Role Model". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d Wang, Steffanee (February 5, 2020). "Premiere: ROLE MODEL Goes Acoustic With "Notice Me"". Nylon. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  7. ^ Oldman, Iain (June 29, 2016). "Point Park rapper 'Dillis' finds success from recent album". The Globe. Retrieved January 16, 2022.
  8. ^ Flynn, John (December 21, 2017). "Role Model releases melancholic 'Arizona In The Summer' EP". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  9. ^ Gore, Sydney (November 8, 2018). "ROLE MODEL Proves He's the Ideal Leading Man in "Play the Part"". Highsnobiety. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  10. ^ Aniftos, Rania (May 6, 2019). "Role Model Tries to Keep Life Simple On Reflective New Track 'Minimal': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  11. ^ Damoui, Yasmin (June 28, 2019). "Julia Michaels, Role Model, Scarypoolparty, BENEE & More". Ones To Watch. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  12. ^ Riddell, Rose (January 14, 2020). "Interview: 2020 Must-Know - ROLE MODEL". Coup De Main. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  13. ^ a b c "Indie Spotlight: ROLE MODEL". BMI. November 18, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  14. ^ "Role Model has released his fab new EP, 'our little angel'". Dork. October 22, 2020. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  15. ^ Schmitt, Tyler (July 22, 2021). "Role Model returns with blissful new single 'forever&more'". Variance. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  16. ^ Heidt, Dustin (September 23, 2021). "Role Model shares prickly new single 'death wish'". Variance. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  17. ^ Robles, Jonathan. "Role Model is back with playful new single 'if jesus saves, she's my type'". Variance Magazine. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  18. ^ Schube, Will (2022-03-25). "Role Model Releases New Song And Video, 'neverletyougo'". uDiscover Music. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  19. ^ Ackroyd, Stephen (2022-04-08). "Role Model has released his debut album, 'Rx' - listen | Dork". readdork.com. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  20. ^ a b Spratley, Bella. "Role Model". Metal. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  21. ^ a b Chappelhow, Elli (October 14, 2019). "Role Model seeks refuge from isolation on new single 'hello!' - listen". Gigwise. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  22. ^ De Paul, Skylar (June 6, 2020). "ROLE MODEL displays confidence yet sounds whiny on new single". The Daily Californian. Retrieved January 15, 2022.