RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW CANADIAN ARTIST RUCHI
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I decided when I was 6 years old. It always felt natural to me after I started playing the piano and started to do little performances and birthday parties and events. Eventually, as I grew older, I learned more instruments and started to write poetry and short stories, while studying other musicians that I find enjoyed within all genres. I was a big fan of the 70s and early 2000s. I’d do everything I could to get my hands on the newest song releases and would watch all the videos showing on TV. I prided myself on knowing as much as I could about music. Eventually, I transitioned into writing my own music when I was 14 and never really looked back.
Introduce us you and your musical history?
My mum is a single mother of two kids who has given us the world, even when she couldn’t. At every turn, she has done all she could to make us well-rounded. I started working on my music career so early because I wanted to help in any way I could. My sound came from being around enough people from various cultures. Wherever I went, people had something different they were listening to, and when I’d have lessons in piano, I’d be listening to classical music. When I would play guitar, I was listening to rock music, and when I’d be with friends, it would be a lot of hiphop and R&B. R&B was also the most popular genre in the early 2000s, so it was a lot of what I’d see on TV. In Nigeria, there was a lot of diversity in that sense. Because of all these influences, I would just write songs that would incorporate whatever elements I heard in my head, i.e.: “Rock guitars would sound good with strings here” or something along those lines. I used to think that was my biggest weakness, but I do believe it’s my biggest strength. Defined genres work well for some, and less well for others.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
“Where are you from?” It’s a complicated question because I don’t know how to answer it. Do I tell people where I live for the time being? Where I grew up in? Where I spent my adolescence?
And “what genre of music do you make?” This is too restrictive of a question sometimes and I don’t like when people try to put a box around all forms of music because it sometimes restricts an artist from fully expressing themselves. There are some undertones to it, like “Why is a black artist making pop music, or using acoustic guitars, or these types of drums?”
We set up RGM to share music with both countries, good idea?
For sure! I love what you’re doing, and I believe that my music is something that could relate to numerous cultures.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
No, not really. I sometimes will hear something that sounds very plausible, and then catch myself. I try not to bother myself with these things because I often tend to go crazy thinking about them. Although I do believe a lot of the things we see on the news or social media and when we are seeing them mean a lot more than we think. I think about things a lot and explore options mentally.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
A lot of food. And a vinyl player and a bunch of vinyl of albums I really like. Now I don’t know where to keep them all! I love all of it and regret nothing.
What useless party trick do you have?
My personality. I’m kidding… sort of, I still don’t know what to use this for. But I am double jointed in my shoulders and people find that interesting
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Karaoke with my friends in a bar, on a mountain in Switzerland. And there was also this artist showcase that I did that I really enjoyed. People actually came out to see me, and I couldn’t believe it.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I did a cover of “bridge over troubled water” by Simon and Garfunkel and someone ran on stage and tried to sing with me, but the microphone disconnected and then they threw up. Because they were drunk.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I am a big gamer. It’s believable to anyone who knows me personally, but most don’t seem to believe it.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
Do they speak English? If not I’d probably bring them a bottle, fill it with water, then empty the bottle and throw it into a stream.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Probably a combination of my personality, the different skills I have within film/music writing and music composition and how I could release a song about anything with aspects that people may never expect from me.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
A lot of things. I’m usually quite good at dealing with pressure and stress, but this has been a turbulent year filled with blessings. I’m just trying to take everything one day at a time, and usually things work out
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
No Criminal. It’s just so fun. I can just be really over the top like I’m in a play.
I hear you have a new song, what can you tell us about it?
The new song was too much fun to write. I wrote it towards the end of the album sessions and wanted to write something groovy and explore the subject of temptation.
The album is just music I love. I had so much fun making it and It’s finished. I’ll release another single in August and the album towards the end of the year or the start of next year. The album is a wild ride.
Talk me through the thought process of the song?
Funny enough, I started the process of this song 5 years ago. I was making a lot of instrumentals in my bedroom and made a cool beat, but couldn’t figure out what to write to it, so I just let it sit, and occasionally I’d hum the rhythm. A few months ago, I was checking through old folders and listening to old instrumentals and wanted to write something a bit fun. So I started writing it and wanted the verses to be a bit punchy, while the chorus is soothing like a serenade that makes you want more of what you shouldn’t have. Eventually, I took it to my long-time producer “Double G” and he had so much fun with it and I just gave him free rein.
What was the recording process like?
A lot of fun. We were in the studio just having fun with it. It was definitely one of the easier songs to record, that being said, it still took ages. We had a lot more planned but wanted to strip it down so the essence of the song got through.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the song?
That the creative process is often better with more people in the room. We had a lot more people who were contributing to the songs and we all had the goal of making the best track I trusted them and what they were doing. Another thing was that we need to take breaks occasionally. We all fell ill at least twice during the process but pushed through. But in the future, I think it’s better to work on music in the same way one works on anything else: With a bit more set hours for work and relaxation.
On the album? No. I’m already thinking about the next two! On this song particularly, maybe I’d add a few more harmonies and adlibs, but I love it. And that may just be me having heard it a million times.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Make more music, perform a few showcases in Europe and North America, release the next single, film a movie I’ve been writing and meet more fun people.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for even taking the time to read this. And I appreciate you. I promise that I will always give you 100%.