Ricky Murray

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This isn't an Alan Partridge style interview with myself. I simply undertook the interview process recommended by NME.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

Wrote my name at about two, got into football between 7-8 years old, wrote a few ditties up to the age of ten, started playing guitar and writing songs regularly from the age of 14, co-wrote a few short films, began writing articles on the subject of footy ball in 2010, made notes on mishearings and misreadings, became a flâneur and try to cram all this in to this day.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?

I don't mumble when I sing.

What’s your back-story?

When you're in a band you have to have everyone on board with you in order to rehearse and record the songs, so I didn't get to record many of my songs during those times. It was only three years ago that I found a producer I could regular rely upon and have been in the process of recording songs of mine from a decade or more ago ever since. Because of the financial side of it, I'm not recording as much as I would like, but it's still more than ever. I'm on my 2008-2009 era of songs now, so I'm GETTING THERE!

What are you working on at the moment?

I released a 14 track album in late August and have more or less just finished recording an EP that I hope to release between January and March next year. Might add a few bits and bobs to a track, re-mix it and have it all mastered. I have nearly half of another album finished, so will be recording that over the next few months as well.

What's the first song you remember hearing?

Teddy Bear by Elvis Presley, while my dad swung me around in the air.

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?

Nothing. Next!

What was the first gig you went to?

First gig that I WILLINGLY went to I think was Oasis at Finsbury Park on the Saturday in 2002.

Which song do you wish you'd written?

Too many to mention.

Which song changed your life?

I just looked this up because I didn't know what the song was, but it could be 'Hands Clean' by Alanis Morissette. This despite me not really being a fan or owning her records. The video for 'Hands Clean' has her facing the screen playing guitar going through the songwriting process and it was on the tele and I just said to my dad, ''how do you play guitar?'' He plays it, so he just showed me a few guitar chord books, pointed at the chord diagrams and said that the black spots on the strings are where you put your fingers. And that was it, really. I had been actively listening to music for around four months, but for some reason it was that video of someone playing guitar finally prompted me to try and learn it.

Which song would you like played at your funeral?

'Listen Up' by Oasis as you walk in, 'Strawberry Fields Forever' by The Beatles during the ceremony and 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side' by The Smiths as people walk out. There's other contenders, but that's what I'm thinking at the moment.

What song is stuck in your head right now?

It was 'Los Ageless' and 'Digital Witness' by St. Vincent, but now it's 'Hands Clean' by Alanis Morissette after looking it up to find out what it was for that other question. Thanks, NME.

What was the first Album you bought?

First album that I INITIATED to buy was What's The Story (Morning Glory) by a band called Oasis. You might have heard of them. I was in Our Price in Romford with my dad, picked up the album, looked at all the songs on it and thought, 'bloody hell, there's a lot of good songs on here,' asked him if we had it, he said ''not on CD'', and 'cause he liked it, he bought it. I was GOING to buy it. I also remember that as the day Man United came back from 3-0 down at Tottenham to win 5-3. September 29th 2001.

Which song made you want to play music?

Haven't got a clue. Probably anything off Morning Glory.

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