Artist INTERVIEW: RYE CATCHERS
1. Hey Rye Catchers, super nice to have the chance to chat with you. What first got you into music?
I’ve loved music for as long as I can recall, but one of my first recollections is sitting on some awful green 70's shag carpet and listening to The Beatles on vinyl. I would get the lyrics wrong and, undaunted, sing along to “Band on the Run” for hours.
2. Since you grow up listening to The Beatles, can you ranking the band members from your favorite to your least favorite?
No worries! John Lennon (before he met Yoko Ono) was the most inwardly gifted of the Fab 4. His artistry seemed to be the foundation that drove the creative grit and spirit of the band – his was that ‘X’ factor element that propelled the band. Paul McCartney technically was the most outwardly skilled Beatle. His melodies ruled and remain relevant today and while John brought a darker touch, Paul was the fun loving melody man that allowed for mainstream appeal. George Harrison brought a spirituality to the work and he was also a virtuoso in terms of melody. Ringo of course as the drummer can't be compared with John, George and Paul. He is one of the most rhythmic drum players of the world. His simplicity and his rhythm style were also highly creative and he was more a pioneer than many give him credit for. In the end it is hard to rank the Beatles members because if you were to subtract any one member from the mix the band would not have existed the way we now enjoy them today. Don’t even get me started on trying to rank the Rush members!! That would be impossible!
3. What do you think your role is in this world?
To be a positive force – that can take shape in so many ways and forms. Being kind to others. Helping, not hurting. And above all, being a great father to my son who means the world to me.
4. What makes you different from others?
We are all individuals, all unique, and we are the sum of our experiences. My experiences and interests shape my music, of course, and what makes my music different is the fact that I simply compose and produce what sounds good to me, without a lot of concern about whether it will be a commercially successful tune – I produce the music that I want to hear and that I find interesting. So, in a word, being stubborn is what makes me different from others; embracing my own individualism unapologetically. I believe the fact that I do not just stick to one style or genre – I produce all genres because I would otherwise become bored also makes me different.
5. What was the most difficult challenge you faced?
Becoming a better songwriter and producer. That sounds obvious but it is 100% true. For me, there is always room to grow and improve as an artist so it is a constant work in progress – that starts with my own compositions, and ends with placing the right talent for any given project. Each song is a cocktail that starts with a distinct recipe (the composition) and finishes with great individual ingredients (the other musicians). If done right, the final result should be balanced, unique and sonically tasty.
6. What is the biggest challenge of being an artist?
Accepting the fact that I am one of millions of other artists and that something like .02% realize any true success. So, the marketing and getting some kind of play and recognition is likely the greatest challenge, and then accepting that success is far from guaranteed.
7. Can you describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
Watching a really wonky video by an artist named Louis Cole. The song is titled ‘Bank Account” and he created a short video of just himself playing drums, playing keys and singing in a McDonald’s staff shirt, and it was such a quirky, brilliant and inspired song that it literally motivated me to return to making music after a long hiatus. The creativity was infectious.
8. What’s your favorite Youtube channel?
I really enjoy Rick Beato’s channel as he goes so in depth with his music reviews and analysis, yet also just tells it like it is – he is an approachable technician.
9. What’s your favorite album?
Such a hard question as I have so many faves. If I had to choose just one: ‘Jazz Samba’ by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd. You cannot feel anything but cool and relaxed when you listen to that album.
10. Do you often agree with the Pigeon?
As long as the Pigeon is down with some Stan Getz, we agree!
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Words by The Pigeon
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