RAGSY – PROMOMAG INTERVIEW
With the release of his new Music video and new single ‘My Love (Bring out the Guards) due for release on Friday 4th March, the wonderfully talented Ragsy was kind enough to have a quick chat with us about himself.
Hi Ragsy – how are you?
Hi PromoMag Q, I’m good thanks hope all is well with you
Where are you now?
I’m currently at Northhouse Studios working on the next single and demoing new material for the next EP.
What was it like to be a contestant on The Voice?
I enjoyed my time on BBC’s The Voice. It was a great experience. I met some lovely people, made some good friends, had some laughs, gained some knowledge and understanding, got to hang out with artists who I look up to and of course be mentored by ‘The King of Wales, The Don of Music’ Sir Tom Jones
Would you recommend it to musicians / artists?
I would recommend applying to the show if the musician / artist were looking to gain more exposure, a platform to be able to promote themselves further and build on this as part of their musical apprenticeship. I think that as long as you keep these factors in mind it’s a good opportunity and not a shortcut to the top.
Your new single My Love is a beautiful song. Is it based on true life?
The song is based on true life and is written about a relationship that has come to an end. A Situation I’m sure we’ve all experience at some point in our lives. In that moment of time you feel like you are losing everything and all you want to do is tell that person how you feel. Pouring out your soul and baring all. In the hope that you might just save everything. Rekindling and relight the spark to they’re heart.
How did you hook up with Caroline Harrison?
I met Caroline Harrison through performing at few shows. I was lucky to be on the same line up. Caroline has a beautiful voice. I was amazed the first time I got to see her perform. We got talking backstage a few times. We soon realised we had similar interests in music and similar experiences in the music industry. The collaboration idea organically grew from there. I knew I wanted to release ‘My Love’ as a single and could hear Caroline’s voice working well on this song. Caroline has brought something special to this song, beyond what I originally expected.
Can we expect much of the same from you album ‘Ouch!!!’?
Most of the songs from the album were wrote around 2012/2013 when I was going through a difficult time. I find Song writing very cathartic, it’s my go to for everything, no matter what I’m feeling or the circumstances. I try to write about everything I experience. Which has saved me a lot of money on shrink bills so far. So the album is much the same as in the themes of the songs as r written about true life.
What is next for Ragsy?
At the moment I’m focused on promoting the new single ‘My Love (Bring out the Guards) featuring Caroline Harrison which is out on Friday 4th March, with hopefully a follow up single soon after. I am currently working on a new EP which I hope to have ready for the summer and am organizing an intimate acoustic tour along everywhere and anywhere as well as hitting as many festivals as possible. So if you would like me to perform in your town or are a venue / festival interested in being a part of the tour please get in touch. I have a guitar and am willing to travel.
Finally – what piece of advice would you give any aspiring artists out there?
I don’t know if I’m the right person to be giving anyone advice as I am still an aspiring artist trying to make my way in the music industry. Constantly learning and finding my way on my musical apprenticeship. I suppose for me it’s about believing in yourself, in your music, putting in the hard work, taking the opportunities that come your way, making the most of them and just being the best you can be. The rest is up to fate and in the lap of the gods.
Make sure you check out the music video ‘My Love’ (Bring out the Guards) taken from Ragsy’s popular debut album ‘Ouch!!!’
along with Ragsy’s impassioned performance of Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’ on BBC’s The Voice has received over 2 million views on YouTube.