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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NEW ZEALANDS RELLA

🇳🇿RGM NEW ZEALAND🇳🇿

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

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

It was really just listening to music, especially hip hop music and then getting that crazy, like indescribable feeling that only music gives you. After people started fucking with it, I wanted to start giving that same feeling to people. That’s why I’ll always just be doing this shit because I’m always going to love music, that feeling I get from it, and especially lately, an addiction to the impact that feeling seems to have on others.

Name me your 3 favorite Albums.

Nevermind, Get Rich or Die Tryin, Goodbye & Good Riddance

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Probably ‘Something in the Way’ by Nirvana, the feeling I got from that song was crazy and after learning Kurt recorded that laying on his back with just his guitar and a microphone. I thought man, maybe I could try this too one day.  

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?

I feel like I’m doing pretty good right now, but it’s weird. It’s like after picturing it for so long and slowly but steadily working to get there, each increase begins to get you a little numb to it. It’s only when I actually sit down and think about it that it feels really crazy. 

I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

I think good security and a venue where people genuinely feel like they can say something to anybody around them, whether that’s other members of the crowd, bar staff, security or even the actual artists themselves and then not be ignored or shut down is the most important thing. 

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials, in what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

I’m just super fortunate that I’ve been so lucky with fans that genuinely fuck with the music, but for other artists you just need to reverse-engineer everything you see, if somebody made it before you did, you can too. You just need to understand that although the market is saturated, good music will never ever be denied. So use that saturation to your advantage and start looking at what worked and what didn’t for others, then apply that to yourself whilst doing the things they could’ve done better. Communicate better, research better, stay in the studio longer, stay at the gig for longer, mix your music for longer, focus on the human element more than the number element, focus on what you can’t do more than what you can do, etc. All this stuff makes a huge difference in such a packed industry. 

What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?

I think as long as Spotify continues to prevent paid spots on their big playlists it’s alright. You could always be paid more but you could always be paid less and organic exposure on Spotify is definitely possible for any artist in my opinion.  



Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?

I don’t really have enough time to think about them too much, but no, not really. 

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

I don’t think so, I actually saved like crazy since people around the world streamed so much music.  

What was the worst experience on stage?

Had a promoter punch a DJ in the face on stage before my set. Then the DJ fucked the decks up and all my set music and levels got messed up. The time it took to fix that pissed off the crowd and also pushed the set-time out, which meant halfway through my set the venue cut my mic, hit the lights, and started to kick everyone out. That was pretty rough

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.

I’m like a third colorblind, purple doesn’t really exist to me except for just looking like a dark blue. 

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

Just not being worried about being like anybody else. I just make the music I get a feeling from and go with it.

I hear you have been working on new music, what can you tell us about it.

I’ve been studio locked working on a bunch of new songs for a long time. It’s the first time I’ve actually been able to like the music I make so it’s really exciting to finally feel like I’m making the best stuff that I can and also be so excited to share it. I could release music every month this year and still not be close to getting through what I’ve got, so it’s going to be a really exciting but hopefully busy year. 

Talk me through the thought process of creating a new song.

For me, it’s just all about connecting with that feeling that you get. Personally, a lot of that seems to come from the beat so I focus on that and the emotion it seems to evoke, then try and identify whether there’s enough of that feeling and emotion there to draw inspiration from. 

What is your recording process like?

Just listening to a beat, in the first few seconds identifying whether or not it feels right, then immediately recording random ideas and words over the top and then going back over those takes and actively listening for potential melodies or ideas that could turn into verses or hooks. After that I’ll save those sections with potential and delete the rest, then write or freestyle lyrics that seem to fit and then do the same to fill the gaps if they don’t just come off naturally. Once the composition is all there, I’ll write the song out, and then record each section, sometimes line by line, finally comping them all together at the end.   

What was the biggest learning curve in writing new tunes?

Mostly just losing the ability to hear that feeling I first heard when I started a song. Sometimes it’s really hard to tell whether or not the song still has that feeling, had it to even begin with, or is actually just a good song that you’ve listened to, too much. 

Would you change anything now that it’s finished?

Most of my old songs could probably benefit from a better mix when I think about it, but then who knows maybe doing that wouldn’t make them as popular so I’ll play it safe and say none of them for now. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Keep your head up, shit gets super tough but I really do believe that the universe always works in perfect balance. Call it karma or something else, but I know that bad times will always turn to good times if you can just outlast them.

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