Introducing: Rupert Stroud
Ilkley-based singer-songwriter promising variety and something for everyone…
YOUR NAME: Rupert Oliver Ossie Stroud
WHAT DO YOU DO/PLAY? Guitar – and I sing my heart out too!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND? I started out as an acoustic solo artist, gigging for many years. I met Mick Bedford my drummer when he played session drums on my first album. Then I met Mike Pearson (guitars and keys) about three years ago and invited them both to perform with me about 18 months ago. It’s worked out really well and we’ve been together as a band since then.
GIVE US 3 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
1. I think my sound is different from your typical singer/songwriters. A lot of reviewers have said so anyway.
2. I think the tracks on Chasing The Night are very varied and have something for everyone.
3. You won’t be disappointed. It’s a really well produced album by Will Jackson – previous credits: Pigeon Detectives, Kaiser Chiefs, Embrace. When you’ve listened to it you’ll know a little bit more about me.
WHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
EVERYWHERE! But I love the small intimate club gigs where I can interact with the audience.
“We have quite eclectic taste in music”
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST… RECORD? Never bought a record – more like tapes. Think it would have been something I would have nicked from my mum and dad or older brothers. Something like Oasis, Nirvana, Simply Red, Bob Marley, Tom Petty. Run DMC. The ‘It’s Like That’ Remix vs. version by Jason Nevins! My little brother and I used to dance around our bedroom when we were kids trying to break dance! Ha!
CD? I think Lou Bega ‘Mambo No. 5’ was the first single CD I ever bought.
DOWNLOAD? Most probably something like Blink 182 when I first got my iPod!
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A MANSION AND A SUPERMODEL GIRLFRIEND, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INDULGENCE?
To own my own recording studio – discover, mentor and develop new talent. Collaborate with Guy Garvey from Elbow, Jay Z and David Guetta!
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE SPLIT UP ACRIMONIOUSLY CITING MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
Quite a few people have asked me ‘what’s your Plan B?’ I answer “to make sure Plan A works.” Failing THAT… hopefully on a very comfy mattress.
PLEASE CITE SOME INTER-BAND MUSICAL DIFFERENCES…
Mike (keyboards) quite likes his heavy rock. But we all have quite eclectic taste in music, which I think is essential for songwriting. You can’t just listen to the genre you write/perform. Things would get very boring very fast otherwise.
“Been gigging for many years”
NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT – WHO’S ON VOCALS?
Myself – lead vocals of course!
Beyonce on lead/backing female vocals.
Keith Richards-lead guitar.
Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers on bass.
Dave Grohl on drums
…and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with David Garrett playing Virtuoso Violin!
GO SEE THIS FILM: The Hurricane, the story of the freeing of Ruben ‘Hurricane’ Carter starring Denzel Washington (great soundtrack song by Bob Dylan).
GO READ THIS BOOK: I like biographies and autobiographies at the moment. I am reading Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Issacson.
GREAT LOST BAND/ARTIST: Too many to choose from… Amy Winehouse, Jeff Buckley, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, John Lennon, Elvis. Too many greats lost far too young.
WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SUPPORTING: Justin Bieber
LONDON, L.A OR LEEDS? Leeds with London a close second!
AND FINALLY… AS YOU LEAVE THE STAGE, WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING WORDS.
Thank you, take care and see you next time.