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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW JAMES FROM FRUITZ

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start the band?

Hey, you’ve got James here from FRUITZ.

James: I think it was always on my mind, I’m obviously inspired by the likes of Oasis and U2 but when Catfish and the Bottlemen burst on to the scene it kind of gave myself and Adam that push. The tunes start pouring out of me around that time too so we decided to give it a go, we were making tunes that we liked, getting high off our own supply. 

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

James: I sing and play the guitar. I’m playing the guitar for as long as I remember, there was always a guitar lying around the house growing up, I can’t put a finger on it when I first picked it up. I became totally obsessed with the sounds I could make come out of this plank of wood, I became hooked. The song writing came to me through playing so much guitar I think. I’m not talented enough to just sit down and write a tune, we’ll I could but I don’t think it would be great. It kind of just happens for me, At the moment, something will come and I have to write it there and then. Once this started happening to me the band started and the proper journey commenced.

Adam is our bass player and is a founding member of the band. Our drummer is the mighty Jacqueline Campion who is with us since 2019.

What advice would you give other artists starting out?

James: I guess don’t be afraid to step outside of the norm, in terms of your sound. You see so many bands at the minute sounding the exact same, singing off the same hymn sheet. 

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on your local circuit?

James: ‘My king will be kind’ by Inhaler, great track!

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

James: It’s a no from me, haven’t got time for that.

What support is out there for new artists in Dublin?

James: There are some cool nights around the city that do give newly started bands a chance on decent enough stages, you gotta grab their opportunities with both hands!

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Dublin unsigned scene?

James: To be blatantly honest, nobody. I usually find these bands from when we’re gigging ourselves, supports acts etc, but that hasn’t happened for some time. I’m looking forward to checking out some new bands when normality returns to us.

What useless party trick /talent do you have/? 

James: Singing and playing the guitar probably, I’ve now just realised I’ve no party trick. 



What was the most fun you have had on stage?

James: We had a bride to jump on stage one night as she brought her hens do to our gig, that was fun! But I think our last headline gig in Whelans was the best, a packed-out crowd in such a great venue, the crowd is practically on the stage with you, I loved that gig!

What was the worst experience on stage?

James: Probably the very early days when we were playing to 15 people and a cat, they were very tough gigs to do. 

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

James: Adam is not only a bass player but he’s also an aspiring fisherman, touted as the next Jeremy Wade. And Jacko, I think people will be surprised to find out she’s probably the wildest of the three of us!

If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them? 

James: I’ve done this a few times in the local, I think loud, in your face, Rock n roll is us!

Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?

James: That’s a tough one, It probably is me to be fair, you’ll have to ask the other pair another time

Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun) 

James: Adam, 100%, loves being late, loves a moan!

You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first? 

James: Jacko, she would find a way of getting me out, Adam would probably just laugh at me.

What’s your biggest achievement as a band?

James: It is amazing to see our music being heard on all corners of the globe and we really do appreciate that but for me it’s the live scene where I feel the most pride. We’ve sold out shows off our own back at home and in the uk in Liverpool. Getting this EP done whilst in and out lockdown was also a big achievement.

What makes you stand out as a band?

James: For me, it’s the versatility it our music. This ep alone, every song is different. I love that about us.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )

James: Ed Sheeran ‘Bad Habbits’, will that sing ever go away?

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

James: Every after-show party! If there’s one thing we do good, it’s that!

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

James: ‘2 for 1’. I do love this tune, I guess it’s kind of arctic monkeys inspired but with our own twist. It is an off your seat tune, I’m buzzing to play this live.

Talk me through the thought process of the single/album?

James: We were sitting on every song for a while except for ‘Set The Motion’, when we knew we were doing the ep I’d brought that tune in, it took some time and work to see what way we would do it, it was a change of sound for us but it turned out well. The latest track ‘2 for 1’ came from that guitar riff with the delays, I was messing with that and then the tune was born.

What was the recording process like?

James: We rehearsed ‘Be Like This’, ‘Set The Motion’ and ‘2 for 1’ for a few weeks before getting into Windmill Lane, once we got in there it all fell into place and went very smoothly, we went in with an open mind. We had a process of getting all the drums and bass parts done first, then the guitars, and lastly vocals. I did ‘Heroine’ live in the last hour we had in there, only because we couldn’t afford another tune but I think that turned out well, arguably the best song I’ve written. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

James: I think again, keeping an open mind, especially in the recording of ‘2 for 1’, we done a vocal take out on the street for this tune.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

James: Nope, not a thing, on to the next one.

What are your plans for the year ahead?

James: Hopefully a few gigs at home, everything’s still up in the air here in Ireland so we cannot wait to play a full capacity gig of our own again. We will be over in the Uk and there will be new music!