Can you talk to us more about your latest single “EMA”? / Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
My new Single ‘EMA’ is about reflecting on those times in life when you try desperately to make yourself heard, it’s an emotion-strewn creation. It’s about whether what you say can communicate to someone else what you mean and how important it is to you.
In the studio I play all instruments myself rather than having a number of session musicians coming in doing the job while I’m playing FIFA18.
What was it like to work with Adam Coltman and how did that relationship develop?
Getting to work on new material with a Grammy-nominated producer was a game changer for me. Suddenly, I was going from a folky kind of song like ‘Of Course I Can’ to a full band sound with all these instruments on it.
How much did he influence the song?
Adam and I come from completely different musical backgrounds, so it was like a clash of two worlds of thought, resulting in an entirely new creation.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Fresh music from your favourite beard is on the way.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Not yet, no. But I’ll be back in the studio in spring 2018.
Any plans to hit the road?
Last December I played my first gig in Germany for four years, so I’ve decided to tour Germany this summer. To prepare for the FRINGE festival in Edinburgh though, I’ll also be playing at one of my best friends wedding this summer. A very intimate gig.
What else is happening next in RIPL’s world?
I really hope that I can collaborate with some musicians, artists and producers that I haven’t already worked with, in order to broaden my horizons and gain new experiences. Like, I did for the video for my new single ‘EMA’ with an artist from Glasgow named Alan Graham. I’ll be starring in a short movie that was filmed in Germany this February. At the moment we are in talks with an American punk band to collaborate on a track… and making it to my 28th birthday without dying would be nice, as this age seems to be very dangerous for musicians.