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RYAN REDWOOD

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW RYAN REDWOOD WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya Ryan, 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?

I’d say at quite an early age when I first heard Arctic Monkeys’ first record and realised that if four scruffy lads from Yorkshire could do it, I could probably have a crack at it myself

What’s the live music scene like in East Anglia right now? Anyone we should be looking out for (Bar you of course)

You know what, it’s getting there. There’s a lot of good bands knocking about at the moment like In Situ and Like Optimists. We have quite a strong solo acoustic scene at the moment as well coming from people like DSL, Isaac Lister, Grace Wells, Maple Ward and loads more that I can’t think of right now. I’m actually part of a local CIC called ‘Lowestoft Live’ who are working to enhance the Lowestoft music scene, we put on Gigs, Open Mics, Songwriter Socials and a bunch of festivals in our local area so there’s a lot going on in Lowestoft at the moment.

I’ve seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. What’s your view on the industry?

I think it’s getting tougher for sure, there seems to be less and less opportunities but I think that comes with the over-saturation of music we’re experiencing at the moment, whether that be because of TikTok Culture or whatever, it’s in a weird place but I think if you’ve got good tunes and you’re creating your own path, there’s no reason why you can’t be successful.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Tough question to answer as I’m not really sure haha, I try not to think too far ahead at the “bigger picture”, I’m all about the next gig or next release, I’m just doing my thing and people seem to be into it, so I’ll keep going.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? I think it’s always in the back of my mind for sure, I’m quite upfront at times with my humour and can be very sarcastic which I think sometimes goes over people’s heads. I don’t say or do anything outrageous really so I’ve probably got nothing to worry about, I think having context is important with things like cancel culture, some people can be way too quick to jump onto something negative without finding out the facts first.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Yes yes and yes. I love a conspiracy theory, Avril Lavigne has been replaced by a clone and all sorts so why wouldn’t you be into them!

What was your best experience on stage?

There was a moment in York at a venue called The Crescent when I was supporting Twin Atlantic (apologies for the name drop) where everything just felt right, the crowd were getting behind me, chanting “Yorkshire Yorkshire” between songs and they got what I was trying to do, I guess I had a moment of peace amongst the chaos which is quite rare where for the first time in a while, I thought to myself “Yeah mate, you’re doing alright”. 

I’ve also had a couple get engaged during my set before, the guy who proposed came up to me after a tune and was like “is it alright if you get everyone to be quiet while I propose to my girlfriend?” And I was like “Yes mate no problem at all” and then boom she said yes and we got a picture after the gig together, that was a proper moment and I feel blessed to be a part of their story.

What was your worst experience on stage?

I’m quite fortunate in that I’ve not had anything that bad happen to me on stage, technical difficulties are always a pain, and I’ve had a fair few string breakages in my time without having a tech there to throw me my spare guitar so I guess that’s quite bad? 

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

I’m an avid golfer and I love the sport, it’s probably my favourite sport up there with the footy.

What are the next steps you plan to take as a Solo Artist to reach the next level? Just keep on writing and releasing good music and getting out on the road when I can, I feel I’m more comfortable when I can chat to people and play songs in a live setting so grinding the circuit is definitely at the front of my mind.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

Yes! I’ve got a new single out called ‘Old News’ and it’s available all over the place in all the usual spots! Lyrically it’s about my ADHD and how it affects me on a day to day basis really, there’s references of procrastination and inattention which are two factors of ADHD that I probably struggle with the most, I wanted to write a song that reflects the frustrations of them struggles, if that makes sense.

What was the recording process like?

Easy, it’s always easy when you’ve got a mate like Sam Wilson who produces all my tunes, we have a great working relationship as well as friendship so he gets what I want to achieve from the get go and we just smash it out.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?

I think with this one, I sorta wanted to leave all the gimmicks at the door, there’s nothing fancy going on, it’s a straight up in your face indie rock tune and I really feel I’m my best when I’m doing that sort of stuff. So I guess the learning curve was getting back to writing simple songs with big choruses rather than trying too hard or chasing songs for too long.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not at all, it’s doing everything I wanted it to do really, it’s loud, in your face and avin’ it.

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

Come follow me on Socials (@ryanredwood58) we’ve got some exciting stuff coming up and a load of gigs to come this year so come join the carnage and I’ll hopefully see you out on the road some time!

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STREAM // DOWNLOAD ‘OLD NEWS’ HERE