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12th May

New Interview: Ryan Calder Band

Ryan Calder Band is a five piece acoustic rock band based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The band has spent the last five years touring around the country, has released the second album "On the Edge" in 2010 and is now leading both competitions on Weloveyoursongs.com !

What's the story of Ryan Calder Band? How did you all find each other?
We started performing together at a local music festival about five years ago. Since then I haven't been able to get rid of them.

What's your musical background? And how did you get involved with create/playing music?
Most of the band self-started into music... for me, it began in school where I started as a drummer, and then moved to singing and playing guitar in theatre productions and cabaret shows during my varsity years and paid my way through university by gigging in pubs.

Your latest album "On the Edge" was released last year. What can you tell us about it?
The album is the first we've delivered as a band. It was recorded it over a month, and I had it mastered professionally. There are some very big ideas in the lyrics, and there are a range of different styles and influences on the album. I think this album is just the start of a career of different sounds and genres. I like the diversity of rhythm - it's the starting point of my songwriting.

You've spent the past five years touring and playing around in South Africa; what's the best thing about performing live? Any good stories you'd like to share?
It's where the magic happens - where we get to witness first-hand people's response. We've worked hard on our live shows and have had a really good reponse to every show we've played... so good in fact, you would confuse us with mainstream artists. You know - screaming grannies, fainting women, wild crowds... it must count for something, even if they are just our immediate families.

Your music has been described as positive, upbeat South African acoustic rock - where and how do you find your inspiration to your lyrics?
I find that inspiration usually comes at the most inconvenient times, when you're not near a pen and paper. For me it's usually sitting in traffic, looking at other people in their cars and thinking about life in general. I find that's the place I generate the most ideas and melodies and lyrics. The trick is to have a dictaphone or cellphone (with a built-in sound recorder) nearby, so the idea doesn't get lost.

How's the music scene in South Africa?
Exciting, nerve-wracking and ever-growing.

What do you like and what you would like to change on Weloveyoursongs.com?
We love that the music is immediately available upfront, that there's a growing international community. Well done to WLYS for this web platform for indie bands! One thing we'd like to see is a single page where bands can see who has voted for them.

What are your plans for the rest of 2011?
To visit the UK and Weloveyoursongs.com - if we can find a sponsor.


The Ryan Calder Band has been interviewed by Eira of Acuvi, a music blog focusing on new and unsigned music, and the people behind.

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