Monday, 21 November 2016

The Ruckus Q&A

Your name: 
Tomi Gray (frontman).

Where are you from? 
Sydney, Australia.

Name of band: 
The Ruckus.

Who else is in your band? 
Paul Mason (guitar/icing) Froggy (bass/cake).

How would you describe yourselves? 
We are a socially, politically and spiritually charged group on our own separate life journeys meeting in the middle with our individual experience, influence and knowledge to create music that makes us inspired. 

Who are your main influences musically?
Kendric Lamar, Gill Scott-heron, Pearl Jam, Sting, Jeff Beck, NWA, Limp Bizkit.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
To create a vast body of work that reaches out and moves a vast network of people. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
When on tour we hear unfamiliar faces singing along to songs we have created together. That's an indescribable vibe. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Every 'bad' experience leaves room to learn and improve. There are a few things that we would probably have done differently now, but unless we'd have messed up in the first place may still not know. A lot of the worst decisions turn out to be the best songs. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Each new piece of work we create we feel as though it's the best thing we've done. I think that's a common trend with musicians/ artists etc. the last thing you've made is the benchmark of where your head is at, even if the next thing sounds completely different, and with us it does tend to. We pool our influences from very wide reach so often when we land in the middle it can be pretty out there. That is why it is important to us to be releasing as much material as we possibly can to paint as detailed a picture of the scope of what we are trying to represent. The latest thing we have put down on record is a song called Fever.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music?
The best place to get the instant full intention of what we are about is at a live performance. The next best thing to that is the Internet. 

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Hopefully we can provide something through our efforts with our music that moves somebody who might get turned onto us through reading this interview. If so then we can close the gap a little. That would be a worthwhile thing.

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