A Q&A with Saint Raymond
Festival-ready guitar pop from Nottingham – here’s Saint Raymond…
How did you get the title of your latest release ‘Solid Gold’ and what does it mean to you?
The title stemmed from the idea of a relationship being really frustrating but knowing that there is something there and that if you work it you can make it ‘solid gold’.
Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
So I wrote the song with two amazing songwriter/producers called Nick Atkinson and Ed Holloway who have been involved in some amazing projects over the last couple years especially with Lewis Capaldi. I’ve been writing with those guys for the last 6 to 7 years so the whole process was super easy because they know how I work and exactly what I want.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
I guess a sense of happiness and involvement, I’ve always felt like my music is quite inclusive.
How does a track normally come together? What’s the process?
It usually starts with the track so whether that’s just me or me + a writer or producer at a computer. I go for the track side first then mumble some melody ideas and then go for the lyrics on top of that!
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
Loads of artists. I grew up listening to Oasis and all sorts of guitar music. I’d say my personal favourite throughout the years has been Bon Iver, but I’m happy listening and taking influences from lots of different styles.
When the world is back to normal where would like to tour, and why?
I’d love to get back to Europe! I’ve played their loads on support tours but never on my own tour so that would be great.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
I’d probably say ‘Right Way Round’. It was the first single from my second record and I think gives the most accurate representation of my music.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
The fact that I get to do this for a living is a privilege for me so as long as I can continue to do that in to the future I’ll be happy.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Wear a mask kids.
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