On the 24th September 2015 we had another brilliant gig with Blue Rose Code as the headline act. This had a large turnout, and the audience was buzzing with excitement and anticipation, eagerly waiting for the first artist to take center stage. After a humorous and warm welcome from our very own James Hulligan and Andrew Foley, the gig started off with a bang! We were introduced to one of the support acts, Kami Oliver. Kami wowed the audience with her three originals, and her cover of the lively song, Riptide by Vance Joy, had people singing and tapping along. Our second support act was one of Burnt Outs very talented musicians, Sophie Burt. Sophie started by playing one if her songs from her new EP – Say Goodbye To Your Youth, which went on ITunes on the 23rd of October 2015. The originals she played moved the audience and showed off her very impressive and powerful writing skills. She also covered the beautiful Damian Rice sing ‘Delicate’. After a short break it was time for Blue Rose Code to take to the stage.
Ross’ love for music and laid back character was truly shown all the way through his performance. He successfully created a comfortable atmosphere for audience by his down to earth personality and witty jokes. He even managed to create a sense of mystery by putting pieces of A4 paper under every seat with the word #grateful on them. It was not until the end that he revealed the mystery behind the paper….he wanted to involve The Hub and that audience in one of his music videos!
In the end everyone held up their signs and Ross, with phone in hand, walked down the middle alley between the audience and filmed the crowd with their signs held high. This way of bringing people together was a very special moment in the gig and resulted in a perfect end to a great night.
Earlier on in the day we interviewed Blue Rose Code himself:
What inspired you to become a musician?
Eh, I didn’t want to get a job, it’s the truth. So eh, I was quite good at singing and i picked up the guitar because i was sick of singing other people’s songs. I wanted to sing my own stories. And I grew up kind of addicted to music, first of all it was pop music and then kind of rap music and then heavy metal and then jazz music, and i just love music, all kinds of music and that is really what inspired me to, apart from my inherent laziness, to become a musician.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Well, find your own voice, sing in your own accent, write your own songs, don’t give up. The important thing is you must understand that no one will ever care as much about your music as you do. And as soon as you realise that really the journey has to come from within that’s when you’ll start to get a bit of success, I think.
So, what are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment I am listening to Ryan Adams covers of Taylor Swift, it’s the new record.
Yeah! It’s very good, came out on Monday.
Is there any reason for that?
Oh well I love Taylor Swift and em, I love Ryan Adams so it’s a good combination. Eh and it was John Coltranes birthday yesterday so I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz. Em Admiral Fallow’s new album, I love that. And em a guy called Jason Isbell who’s just got a number 1 album in America, he’s a kinda American country act, he’s really good too.
Have you enjoyed your time at The Hub so far?
Everyone has been really polite, a little bit nervous of the teachers, they’ve been very nice but I feel like I should tuck my shirt in or something! Em but yeah it’s been great so far, so i’m looking forward to playing.
We are very much looking forward to hearing you! Have you got anything you’d like to add about Burnt Out Records, or about what we do here?
I’ve been really impressed with the social media side of things, I think that, that’s really the key. I hear a lot of musicians moaning about, nowadays, how little money there is in music business and compared to how that used to be – it’s true you know there isn’t as much money in the music business. So you have to be a bit more creative, you have to be a bit more versatile and self motivated and I think that having your own record label here and then having social media presence is priceless.
Thank you very much Ross, we look forward to hearing you perform tonight.
Interview and blog by Caitlin Andrew.