RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE BAND FOND OF RUDY
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?
Music has been around my entire life. I can remember at a very young age dancing around to my dad’s Michael Jackson CDs and thinking it was the best thing ever. I think the catalyst for my desire to get involved in music was when I started learning how to play an instrument. Once I started to develop a singing style it set the ball rolling to learn music production, find bandmates, jam together, and eventually begin to write some songs.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I’ll do it in bullet points to keep it short and sweet.
So let’s start with me Matt, lead singer, loves Fleetwood Mac, 80’s, Michael Jackson, Rick Astley and The 1975. Loves a manic dance on stage and Manchester United.
Ross, Guitarist, loves John Mayer, LANY, 80’s. The brains behind our songs’ structures and musical complexity. Loves tearing up a memorable guitar solo.
Otto, Bassist, loves Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Two Door Cinema Club, Flea! Locks in perfectly with that bass and snare and meshes between the heavy synths to drive our songs forward when listening to our music. Loves hitting an MPC One, listen closely and you might hear an animal sound.
Si, Drummer, loves Toto, Toto and nothing but Toto. The best drummer we’ve played with by a country mile. Brings a wealth of experience to the band and always knows the right syncopated rhythm to complete the dynamic Loves a can of beer and big epic band finish to a song.
What was life like for you before music?
I can’t remember life before it to be honest…as cheesy as it sounds!
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
My inspiration to learn an instrument probably stemmed from listening to Blink 182 as a teen. Smashing up a drum kit to their music started the musical journey, then trying to imitate The Kooks took a big hold on the development of vocals. Studying the production of The 1975 completes the path on to what you hear from us today.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
I wouldn’t really know where to place us, to be honest, not given it much thought. We believe we have a decent amount of followers who have a genuine interest in our music, for us to have those listeners and enjoy what we’re doing is the most important thing for us.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
Take your time and just enjoy what you’re doing. We used to put so much pressure on ourselves to set huge goals which can take its toll. If you have a well thought out strategy and just live during the special moments, you’ll appreciate it so much more.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
One of us is a diehard Millwall fan.
One of us had salsa lessons as a teenager.
One of us quite horrifically cut open our ear during festival soundcheck on a metal case, lost a lot of blood but struggled through to perform the set.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
We’d love to play more shows across different countries and tour further afield, it’s always been a dream of ours. We’ve been lucky enough to play in a few different countries so far, and absolutely loved it.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinions, just because one person has a different perspective on something it doesn’t mean it’s not correct. Like with our music, we understand that not everyone is going to dig it, everyone has their own personal taste and it applies to everything in life.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories? If not why not?
Haha. Not really big on the conspiracy theories myself. Don’t waste too much time scrolling through youtube for videos on the subject!
What was the worst experience on stage?
Pretty standard but forgetting the words to the opening song of our set. I recovered by singing the second verse instead but these things happen, we’ve all learned to deal with them when they do. Just keep playing!
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.
Surprising fact about me…I guess…the first gig I ever went to was…Spice Girls!
What makes you stand out as a band?
One thing we love to do is perform our own music, we get a real buzz from writing songs that excite us,, developing them and making them into a live piece of art. There is an obvious emotional attachment to a piece of music that we feel is ours. Our shows are full of energy and we just love playing our little version of Pop. Not many bands out there would be happy to admit they play pop music. We’re not so cool.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
Correct. Our new single ‘How Do I Delete You’ is out on Friday 14th July, it’s our first release since 2019 (Pre covid).
What was the recording process like?
The next few releases we’ve got lined up were actually written in lockdown. It gave us a great perspective on how important writing music is to us and we made the best out of a bad situation and just started pinging over recordings to each other and boom…a new EP was created from it.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Has to be learning how to do a live recording session via Zoom call…was probably sitting there for a good 3 hours trying to figure out how to change the audio settings on my mac!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I get to a stage where I feel I can’t do any more with the tracks. Like it’s been the center of attention for so long, every single little note and detail has been chopped and changed so many times that it finally feels like it hits right.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
This is the first release of an upcoming EP to be released later this year. We want to keep a steady stream of music being created and put out, we’ll just keep enjoying what we’re doing and see what happens next!