RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE PRINCE OF SWEDEN
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I can’t say it was particularly a conscious decision. I’ve played music in various forms for years and just really enjoy the process of writing and recording.
Introduce us you / all to the members and your musical history?
Well I’m James and I sing in the band, as well as play guitar, bass, drums, piano and do backing vocals.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I’m not getting interviewed all that much, you’ll be surprised to hear.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I can’t say that I do, but if I did, it would probably be one of those ones where a load of people are actually lizards. We’re being governed by lizards. Most celebs are lizards.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Not really, but I did buy some plants which are now on death’s door. They had a good run, I guess.
We have set up RGM USA sharing USA music with the uk scene and vice versa, what are your thoughts on the UK music scene?
There’s lots of good stuff around, I think. Certainly recently there have been some cool indie bands to emerge out of south London venues, like Black Midi and Black Country, New Road.
What useless party trick do you have?
Backflip whilst drinking a strawberry daiquiri
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I used to love playing drums in the band I was in at school. Mainly because I got to sit down at the back.
What was the worst experience on stage?
None have been that bad to be honest. Mainly it seems to be technical difficulties that get in the way. Trying to get my bloody tuner to work.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Each member of the band looks very similar to the others.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
I think music would be the last thing on my mind if aliens invaded.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
In some ways I’m not sure that’s for me to say, but I certainly like writing lyrics and I think it’s probably my strong suit.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Not a lot really. The sun’s come out and you’ve got to be happy about that.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
There’s a song by Ian Noe called ‘Letter to Madeline’, which I used to play from time to time and absolutely love playing it.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Yeah, it’s a song I wrote at the end of last year and I’ve been playing it live for a little while and I guess it stands out for me as one worth recording.
Talk me through the thought process of the single.
I wanted to make something bigger in terms of instrumentals which is why it has a full band set up on it and to me feels sonically a lot deeper.
What was the recording process like?
It was great. We booked a little studio for a day with a friend who’s a sound engineer and got cracking. Because I was playing everything, we got the drums down first and then stuck everything else on top of that.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
It all went pretty smoothly really.
Would you change anything now its finished?
Yeah probably, if I thought about it. But I’m pretty pleased with the result.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Play some more gigs, maybe try and get some festival slots. That kind of thing.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?