Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
R: We’re an indie pop band from London with guitar driven, jangly, melodic tunes. We have a youthful and catchy style and we just want people to enjoy our music and have a dance if they fancy it.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
R: Alan and Oli met at school and have been playing music together since around 12 years old and were in a band prior to RAMES. We started RAMES in 2019 and when looking for a bass player we actually asked a good mate of ours Bedford, who joined our school in sixth form, if he wanted to play bass for us after Oli showed Alan a video of him playing guitar and shortly after our drummer ‘Jarv’ joined. Since then we’ve released four singles, been played on national radio and played festivals and gigs around the country.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
R: We take inspiration from a variety of classic bands including the likes of The Cure and The Stone Roses as well as some up and coming indie bands like The Night Cafe and Pale Waves. Our individual influences and favourite bands all come together to create our own unique RAMES sound.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
R: Obviously we’d love to one day be playing Pyramid stage at Glasto… but whilst we’re dreaming we really just wanna keep making tunes and growing as a band so our music can reach more ears. Things are going well and it’s still very early days for RAMES but we’re all having fun and making music is what we love to do so we’ll just keep going and we’ll keep making and sharing our music to as many people as possible.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
R: I’d say there’s no set way of writing songs for us because it’s a really creative process. Alan (lead singer) and Oli (lead guitarist) have been writing songs together since Year 8 at school – so we would have been around 12 years old. Some of the songs were absolutely dreadful. But as you can imagine, now 10 years later, there’s a great song writing connection between us and I’d like to say that we’ve improved since then! Alan mainly writes the lyrics and they tend to be about being young and having a laugh or slightly more romantic ones about his girlfriend.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
R: We’re lucky to work with some great promoters like ‘Sucker’ and our main promotion comes from social media. There are some great advertising features on platforms like Instagram and Facebook that help push your music and gigs out to a wider audience. But it’s mainly about staying consistent with putting out good quality content and growing your fanbase organically. We’ve been more active over TikTok over the last year or so which is another great platform to share music and content.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
R: Whilst there’s something very special about physically holding music like a CD or Vinyl, I think having music online and the growing technology has made music even more accessible and has made it easier to reach a wider range of audience and also easier for artists to put their music out there. I think anything to encourage people to create music and to listen to music is great.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Alan: ‘Live Forever’ Oasis = huge tune
Oli: ‘Happy Birthday’ because it;’s made the most money out of any song in the world
Bedford: ‘Sweet Child o’ mine’ – best opening guitar riff of all time
Jarvis: Ghost on the Dance Floor – Blink 182: Got a mad drum solo in it
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
R: Some pet peeves from the band:
When people come into a room and don’t close the door when they leave
When autocorrect changes ‘omw’ to ‘On my way!’
People chewing with their mouth open
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
R: I reckon it’s got to be either our first ever show as RAMES at The Horn in St Albans back in May 2019. Just having all our efforts in preparing for the night come together for the first time was amazing to experience. It was a packed out show and the crowd were incredible. I think we can all agree that it was a really special night. But also our headline show last February just before lockdown was another special night. There was a three figure crowd that night and a great energy.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
R: As things are opening up again, we’re back in the rehearsal room and preparing for the gigs we’ve got lined up for the year. We also have a number of songs that we are looking to record in the studio this year, so you can expect more new music soon!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
R: We currently have four singles out which are available on all streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music and our music videos are available on YouTube. You can buy our songs from all digital stores but you can also buy our single CDs from our website: www.musicglue.com/rames/
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