Exclusive Interview with Ruby and the Ribcage at Nozstock 2012!
Miss Foxy: Hi there hope your having a lovely weekend. I’m just wanting to find a bit more info about Ruby and the Ribcage, so firstly is this your first Nozstock and how are you finding it so far?
Ruby and the Ribcage: It’s all of our first Nozstock! It’s look really peaceful here, this is just the artists section and it looks amazing.
Miss Foxy: This will be my third Nozstock, it is lovely here. A great festival! So tell me what have you got planned for this year? Do you have many other UK tour dates ahead? Do you have quite a lot of other festivals your going to be playing at?
Ruby and the Ribcage: We have a fair few other festivals ahead. We’re going to be playing Cock and Bull Festival tomorrow. And we’ve got Bestival, Shambala, Wilderness, Smugglers. I think by the end of summer we will have managed to rack up about 12 to 13 festivals. Yeah so a festival marathon!
Miss Foxy: Wow so a lot going on! So far as a band what would you say has been the best event you’ve played at? And the best response you’ve got from the crowd?
Ruby and the Ribcage: We would have to sayHootananny in Brixton. Hootananny was really good fun. It was a really good atmosphere. Do you know the venue?
Miss Foxy: Of course, its a really interesting space to gig.
Ruby and the Ribcage: It’s got an amazing sound system there, and its probably the biggest audience we’ve played too. It was packed! We were really surprised as well since we didn’t think it was going to be a busy event. And when they have the lights on you and not on the crowd you can’t see, so obviously you kinda get a feeling there is a big crowd, but at the end when they hand the lights amongst the crowd its only then that you can see how packed it is! It was great.
Miss Foxy: Awesome. So to get a little background information concerning the band, how did you first form? What made you decide to pursue music?
Ruby and the Ribcage: So I’d been wanting to get a band together, since I didn’t really know any other musicians, just other singers but nobody else who would be a good potential band mate. So I put adverts up around music universities around London and online. And auditioned people in my living room! So it wasn’t the conventional way of putting a band together! And in fact everyone in the band has come into it through auditioning apart from Aaron who was a friend of a friend, and in the last minute I was really struggling to find a really good guitarist and he came just at the right time.
Miss Foxy: Your set-up is amazing, you’ve got loads of different types of instruments. Do you find experimenting quite a big aspect of the band, introducing different sounds?
Ruby and the Ribcage: Yeah I think the thing is that when I started writing the songs I wasn’t thinking the fact we’d have to get on stage, and to be practical! I’d written a lot of songs before I’d got the band together. I started playing the ukulele and then somebody leant me a mandolin and then I fancied a banjo. And it just started building and building. And then during this time the band was starting to be put together and we’d started to play. And lots of the songs that we play now have only come about since we’ve been a band. They feel a bit different because we’re writing them more together. Everyone puts their parts on top of the music I write. So because the band are here and adding their parts it means I can take a backstep with some of my instruments. So I think as we grow I’ll probably play less and less of those crazy amount of instruments. Or though I always want more! I want a harp!!
Miss Foxy: I love, it’s really interesting to watch! A harp would be a lovely edition. Although however will you fit it in the car!!
Ruby and the Ribcage: Ah, I’m glad. I know, we can’t fit any more in the car. That’s the thing, we need to get rich first!
Miss Foxy: Great stuff. At the moment who inspires you on the music scene, is there anyone who influences your sound? Or anyone who your generally interested in at the moment musically?
Ruby and the Ribcage: It’s a real mixed bag because although like I said I’ve written the songs to start off with our sound is very much a product of the band sound. And I feel at the moment I’m taking influence from these guys more than I am from any other music. Whereas my song writing I was taking a lot of influence from all over the city, our sound for me is being influenced just purely by what these guys are into. So that’s kind of interesting for me. So no particular influences, but I think we are still working at getting our own sound.
Miss Foxy: That’s awesome. So if you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?
Ruby and the Ribcage: I’m not good when faced with too much choice! So many favourites! Probably Regina Spektor. I think it would just been really good fun. I was trying to think then of a male voice because it would be nice to have that contrast. But I just think it would be so much fun to be put into a writing room with Regina Spektor. It would absolutely be my dream come true!
Miss Foxy: I loved the last song you played in your set ‘This City’. What’s the story behind the song?
Ruby and the Ribcage: Cool, I’m glad you liked it we’re just recording it for our EP. It’s basically about living in London and about sacrifices you have to make. One verse is about people who bring up children in London and who sacrifice doing the right thing for their kids. But rather then doing the right thing for their children they are just choosing to stay in London and live this quite selfish lifestyle. It’s about the troubles and toils with living in London, and being a bit of a selfish human being, rather then doing what you feel you should do. And doing what you want to do. And that’s what London is to me, this incredible place, full of opportunities and I love it, and I’m going to keep rinsing it! But I’m starting to feel guilt with it. So that’s what ‘This City’ is kinda about.
Miss Foxy: Amazing. Its a great song, I really enjoyed it. So the final question is there any information you can give to upcoming bands? In terms of where to start, how to progress and go forward with their material?
Ruby and the Ribcage: Well I guess the only information I can think to give is to just get on the internet and pester everybody! That’s what I did! Lots of cheeky, friendly emails, offer people twix’s and ciders! Never follow through but offer it anyway! (laughter)
Miss Foxy: Sounds like a sure fire plan! Ok well it was great to meet you, and I wish you all the best of luck for this summer’s festivals. I have a few friends attending Bestival so I will be sure to send them your way :) Thanks guys!