Raya Rose is not only a dear friend to us but she is also one incredibly talented rock chick with a single launch coming up next week at Sticky Mikes. It is not to be missed! If you want to see her sass about on stage and absolutely blow you away with her goosebump inducing vocals then get yourselves there on Tuesday 25th October from 8pm.
Tell us a little bit about your musical background, when did you first become interested in singing.
It was actually my parents that realised before I did. I sang before I could walk. I’d keep them awake at night with singing, not crying. And the jig was up when I actually learnt words and would sing along to everything I heard on TV or Radio.
My Dad is also a musician so you could say it’s in my blood. He started off in bands as a young adult and later moved on to work in labels and management companies. Because of this, as a child I did a lot of travelling with bands and it naturally influenced my style of music.
You are a very talented writer, have you ever considered writing for other artists?
Thank you. I actually have written with/for other artists and really enjoy it! It gives me a chance to explore genres without the boundaries of my own artistry. I’ve had the pleasure of working with people like Luke Sital-Singh and Kyan who are both incredible artists and songwriters.
Tell us about your latest single, how was the writing and recording process?
Double Up manifested itself after a particularly chaotic night out in one of my favourite bars in Brighton, The Mash Tun. My friend Bee and I were celebrating a career change for her, and the whole place was full of great people and great energy. We were dancing on the tables, screaming our lungs out to our favourite songs, and it was just so easy to write about.
I went away to a beautiful cottage soon after and penned the song. I think the whole thing took me maybe an hour tops, just sat with my guitar reliving the night we had.
I showed the song to my band; Luke Stone, Mike Coltman and Rob Bensusan, and we developed it together. Then we took it to Ford Lane Studios with Joe Dennis and put it all down on record, and I could be happier with it.
You recently had some awesome photos taken, how was that experience? Hot? Who was the talented photographer?
It was incredible. Ian Coulson from IC Media is a great friend of mine and when I asked him to collaborate with me on a shoot, he suggested we build my logo (designed by Brighton Creatives very own Jen) and set it on fire! After that pitch I was of course sold and gave him full creative control.
We had a wonderful team that built the 7ft logo and we took it to a nearby gorge in Lewes where we did the shoot.
Before I even had a chance to take in the surroundings, Ian had set the logo on fire and we had less than a minute to get the shot before it burned to the ground. It was an intensely hot few seconds (you would not believe the heat), with the added fear factor of setting myself on fire! But it all paid off in the end and it’s by far the craziest shoot I’ve ever done, definitely my favourite.
Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with and where would be your dream gig to play?
I would die a very happy girl if I ever got the chance to sing with Stevie Nicks. She inspired me from a young age and to this day I believe she’s just one of the most incredible songwriters/front women.
And when it comes to dream shows, it’s always been a dream of mine to play main stage at Reading & Leeds festival. I’ve actually never been to a festival as a camper, I’m holding out to hopefully play them one day with my boys! It’s a sure way to motivate yourself.
You have a single launch coming up really soon, where is it, how do we get tickets?
Yes I do, it’s my first headline show in Brighton at Sticky Mikes Frog Bar on Tuesday 25th October from 8pm, with support from my good friends Oceans and Fine Creatures, both amazing local Brighton acts.
Tickets are available now at the pre sale value of £3 on WeGotTickets.
The event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/681871151961972/??ti=ia
What can we expect from you and the band in the future?
There is lots to come. The music video for “Double Up” is on its way, along with more tracks AND we are hitting the road in November with Army Of Bones on a UK tour for the following dates:
20 Nov // Birmingham – The Asylum 2
21 Nov // Leeds – Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
22 Nov // Derby – The Hairy Dog
24 Nov // London – The Water Rats
We are planning to fill the summer of 2017 with festivals all over Europe, so there will be a chance for everyone to catch us somewhere!
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