We had a chat to Live Sound and Tour Management Diploma graduate Rory Wynne about his tours, his inspiration and why he feels now is a good time for a change in direction.
For those who may not have heard Rory Wynne before, can you sum up your sound for us?
Well, it’s ever evolving and now I would describe it as pop-rock but my last release would probably be classed as indie-rock. I’m definitely getting closer to finding my own style so hopefully the next releases will confirm ‘The Rory Wynne Sound’.
Who/What first inspired you to pick up a guitar?
I can’t really remember – there have always been guitars in the house and that. I had my first lessons when I was very young (6 or 7 maybe) and then left it for a while until I realised I really wanted to be a singer songwriter when I was 11 and ever since then I’ve been trying my best. In terms of who though, my guitar heroes are Jack White and Slash and Prince – they’re all magicians.
Can you tell us what was it like supporting Blossoms and Cabbage on tour last year?
It was amazing – better than I could have expected. It’s great to watch a band like Blossoms every night because you learn so much about production and putting on a great show that runs smoothly from start to finish. I’ve always tried to do that rather than play seven songs with a break between each as they are on Spotify. Cabbage really know how to get a crowd going too, so overall it was a great learning experience and of course a three week long party is always fun.
What’s the best & worst gig scenario’s you’ve found yourself in?
Supporting Blossoms at Castlefield Bowl was the best – I enjoyed every second and it was such a big crowd too considering I was only second on. It was one of the gigs where I really felt at home on stage and I had lots of space to do my thing.
The worst, there’s been a few terrible moments at gigs that spring to mind, but I played in Glasgow on the NME Tour and the whole show was a disaster. It started with me having to get two people doing Nazi salutes kicked out, then there were guitar breakages and the sound was terrible as there was a problem setting up, so I was very glad to walk off at the end.
You recently announced on your twitter feed that you’d be calling it a day as a solo artist to focus on other projects. Can you explain a little about why you felt it was time for a change?
Yeah, it wasn’t an easy decision to make especially after what I thought was a great start to the year, but I had a meeting with my management to make a plan for the future and it was decided that the amount of exposure I had received over the years wasn’t reciprocated by the amount of ‘fans’ or ‘followers’ or ‘recognition’ that it should; whether that was due to a lack of momentum/releases/gigs or my character or whatever, it clearly wasn’t working.
And it is frustrating when you’ve played all over the country to thousands but when you put on a show of your own only a hundred show up – meanwhile bands who play the same venue several times a month to the same people get bigger crowds. So, we decided that it was time to start with something new and fresh and now we’re just waiting for the wind to blow the right way before we fly into it. But, hopefully one day I will take to the stage as a solo artist when the time is right.
Photo credit: Kay Lang