What were you doing? What were you wearing? What music were you listening to? Who were you hanging out with? What were you dreaming about for the future? (more…)
Posted on August 10, 2012 by Ryan in
Quick! Think back to where you were 10 years ago. It was 2002.
Posted on March 19, 2012 by Ryan in
No matter where in the world we find ourselves, people are looking further and beyond what they know in the hope of something more, something greater.
It’s time for new songs, don’t you think? Well, I do. The whole band is getting involved in the songwriting process this time around, and the ideas coming out – even in the initial stages – already have me quite excited. (more…)
Posted on March 16, 2012 by Ryan in
Being cynical is not a bad thing necessarily… but that’s not the focus here. I would like to talk about a city and how it evolves into something greater.
Being cynical is not a bad thing necessarily… you could argue that there’s a lot that can be gleaned from a critical observation of the world and the status quo in looking to the future. Take, for example, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. One argument is that his cynical view of social structures spawned the most influencial social-networking website we’ve ever known.
How about Sir Bob Geldof? One of the most cynical artists around, but also one of the most influential – Live 8 founder, humanitarian pioneer and all-round roughian. (more…)
Posted on February 6, 2012 by Ryan in
I wrote some new songs today. Not that I haven’t been writing, but today was different. And I have my kids to thank.
“Abandon” is one of those terms we use to describe the behaviour of children. They’re that way inclined: uninhibited and prone to instinctual response. The highs and lows of their experiences from one moment to the next are exactly that on an emotional level – exceptionally high and desperately low. (more…)
Posted on November 22, 2011 by Doodle in
The reason they bury politicians 26 feet under is because deep down they’re nice guys.
If there’s one profession that the majority of citizens in any country are sceptical of, it’s politics. I think it’s got to do with our obsession with power and control. (more…)
Posted on November 17, 2011 by Ryan in
I have, on occasion, pondered his advisory role, both in my own life and that of the RCB.
As you know, I am intrigued by people’s stories. I much prefer autobiographies over anything else. There’s nothing more interesting, I find, than hearing someone’s story and their own personal journey: what they’ve been through and what are the things that have made them who they are.
And if our drummer Rudi had a biography, it would be well worth the read. (more…)
Posted on November 15, 2011 by Ryan in
There’s plenty of beard going on here. Jon Calder didn’t need the beard. The beard needed Jon Calder.
They say that Chuck Norris grew a beard at the age of 18. Seconds.
Now, I’m not here to diss Chuck (we all know what kind of suicidal mission that would be)… but I just can’t help wondering whether Mr Norris ever considered world domination? (more…)
Posted on November 12, 2011 by Ryan in
It’s always comforting to me when I meet someone besides Jesus who has a clue about this life, and besides… no one re-enacts a funny story like a bruin ou.
We often get asked at gigs (mostly by white people) where Roberto comes from. The answers are wide and varied.
Rob, Berto, brother, bass ou, bruin ou… whatever you want to call him, seems to have mystifying power over our audiences. (more…)
Posted on October 17, 2011 by Ryan in
The Future Music Forum director gives his insights on the music industry and how he sees things shaping up.
The Future Music Forum, which I attended in September in Barcelona, is the brainchild of events co-ordinator Niall Doorley. Niall is an energetic personality, and has created a important space for the music industry to come together and share ideas. (more…)
Posted on October 13, 2011 by Ryan in
Some reflections and highlights of keynote addresses and panel discussions from the second annual Future Music Forum, held from 22-23 September 2011 in Barcelona.
One of the wonders of the modern world is that we’re all so connected, and yet also not. To illustrate the point: here I sit, typing this blog post on my Blackberry, in a cafe full of people. Go on. Judge me. But this is the world we live in. (more…)