Interview with Single Ruin

Combining electronic alt-pop vibes with organic sounds such as bass, guitar and drums, Single Ruin is certainly a project you won’t be getting enough of any time soon. The adventure of producer and songwriter Josh P Gale, Single Ruin has already garnered attention from the likes of EARMILK, Music Crowns and CLOUT. For new music coming out, Josh is turning his attention to the main instrument he plays live as Single Ruin, Drums. Live recorded drums feature heavily in these up coming recordings bringing an all round edgier and more rock focused sound.

To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.

ALT, POP, (AND MORE RECENTLY) ROCK

Introduce yourself (yourselves) and your hidden talent!

My name is Josh and I guess a hidden talent which comes to mind is finding a good late night food spot no matter which new city with out deliberating for ages google. A recent highlight was in Manchester when I led a gang on a pilgrimage to Crazy Pedros after a night out celebrating a successful tour.

What made you decide that music is the right path for you?

Its feels like the only path I knew to naturally take. Though out school whilst I was growing up creating music was more of a first language than English, I expressed how I felt better songwriting and performing than I did with speaking or writing.

What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?

It used to be music first but now Im trying all different angles, Its more natural to do music first but lyrics or themes usually follow quite quickly after and I’m not one to deliberate or stress out about wording. What comes out naturally comes out and I only slightly tweak if necessary. Synths and delays however I can spend days tweaking and automating. 

Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?

Its different each season I’m in. I love locking my self away from the world and creating / experimenting with things that will be on the record or on the stage. Both hiding away creating and performing in front of an audience feel very natural to me. This question feels like the one where your asked to pick one song to listen to for the rest of your life. Even if its the song I’m most in love with today I feel id get sick of it and want the other songs I didn’t pick instead if that makes sense

Who are your main musical influences and why?

So many! More specifically for Single Ruin. Tame Impala, Childish Gambino, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Tyler the Creator, MØ are just a quick fire few that come to mind. They all give me this inspiring adrenaline type feeling that spurs me on creatively with my own stuff.

Ooh I practically grew up to Phil Collins (earlier on in lifer) and UnderØath (when I was a teenager) and I still love them both today so Id be a fool if I left those guys off the list.

If you could change about the music industry, what would it be?

I love some forms of social media but I wish it wasn’t the be all and end all of being an artist, It certainly feels like that these days. I love being creative on some of those platforms but I don’t like the amount of time I feel like I need to spend on it. It feels more like it rules me than I rule it and you can quite quickly get into a self comparison spiral that I don’t think is helpful to creativity.

What would be your dream support gig? Bonus points for place/venue.

Any of the artists I mentioned above! Id get instant excitement chills just thinking about if one day Id get so lucky.

If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it 

If I had to choose only one off that list above today it would be Tyler the Creator. 

What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?

Be even more crazy and creative, break more boundaries, let go and let loose even more.

Give our listeners some music recommendations that we should check out!

Yes lets rep some Brighton influences! Hopefully you’ve heard of some already as they are all killing it. In no particular order Tiger Cub, Blood Red Shoes, ARXX, Snayx, CLT DRP, Howard Kaye and Naipia.

Also not from Brighton, I play drums live for Lotusbliss. I also have the pleasure of having Eliot Kid Danger supporting my at Brighton Electric single release on the 24th of Feb so go check all them out. 

What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?

I have a show on the 24th of February (which is also my birthday) on that day I also release my next single called dog.house  

If I continue to finish the amount of songs I am doing so far I have a ton of releasing to do this year, Like hopefully more than an albums worth of eps and singles will be coming out so please watch this space.

What’s the music scene like where you are from?

Its fucking Killer! Honestly my favourite thing about Brighton! I love the community that I’m in and I can’t wait to hear more stuff from all my friends and the people I will continue to make friends with down the line. Its so inspiring, It pushes you to be better because the songs that are being created here and just the creativity of the arts scene in general wether its music, art, photography, videography or theatre etc is unreal!

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?

Its called cloud.nine and its about falling in love, people think I intentionally released it a couple weeks before valentines day but to be honest Its a complete accident I didn’t mean to be that corny haha. I wanted I song that felt good to sing and a chorus baseline that would rip though your speakers. 

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

Both amazingly and terribly all at the same time, both exciting and terrifying. There are no longer any excuses to create and release music, its beyond easy and pretty cost effective these days. It does mean its over saturated tho if I’m honest. 

Trying to market and push your creativity both in the local live scene and beyond on social media is tougher than ever, getting the word out though the sea of other peoples announcements can be overwhelming at times. I see it as an exciting challenge mostly and try not to let it get me down. I like that it challenges to stand out and be try to be  different enough that people take notice, I don’t like that it can consume you and give you doubts when things don’t always go how you want. 

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