Ireland-based rock band Raglans is back with the release of their highly anticipated new single ‘One More Drop’.The past few years have seen them blaze a trail to cult status. Highlights include releasing their self titled Top 5 charting debut album which to date has over 5 million plays on Spotify, the single ‘Who Knows’.
Being nominated for RTÉ Choice Music Prize ‘Irish Song of the Year’ and a host of European tour appearances with acts including The Fray, The Libertines, Lifehouse as well as performing at festivals including Electric Picnic, Soundwave Australia, British Summer Festival and Rock am Ring Germany.
See our exclusive interview with the band below
Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?
We all appreciate different music and reach a common understanding of Raglans. Playing sold-out shows early on meant we had to build fun and interesting live shows. It’s disciplined us to always try new things to improve our work.
Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?
I write songs or Rhos write songs and then we create a Raglans version, sometimes it can divert entirely from what you had in your mind’s eye and that can be wild and exciting. Conn is instrumental in helping us produce the Raglans sound.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
Strong informed and passionate viewpoints. Good cinema, great writing.
As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?
There’s an army of ‘middle men’ who place themselves between artist and consumer. One pound of flesh at a time if you wanna run the gauntlet. Even now, you have to secure Spotify playlist with money, the days of organic growth are almost non-existent.
Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
They are both enormously gratifying in different ways but performing to your full potential consistently is more draining and the art of the studio takes a long time to master but it’s an enjoyable process. I’d stick in the studio and bolt out for big shows if I could!
What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
Too many to mention but Electric Picnic 2015 the third time we played was a turning point personally, for a moment I could feel what the audience was feeling and it changed my whole approach thereafter. Never got jitters again
What’s on your current playlist?
Sorcha Richardson, Buena Vista Social Club & Tom Petty, always Tom Petty.
Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?
We are planning on putting out as much music in 2020 as possible. Including our second album “Heavy Medicine” which we are currently finishing. Then take this beautiful beast on the road and start the party all over again.
Famous last words?
Fake it till you make it
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