RYE SHABBY: Uncovered

RYE SHABBY

….has been scribbling down ‘really weird short stories’ since he was eleven, and ever since has been exploring his written potential. This lead to him to writing lyrics and incorporating these  with beats and playing shows. Eventually he was signed to In The Balance RecordsVerb T’s own record label. Early last year he put out his debut EP under the label, Arthur Lager.

His themes of being young, broke and a troublemaker over old school gritty and urban beats entice even outsiders of the underground UK world of hip-hop to buy tickets for his next show and see it all for themselves. Whether or not this guy is really as destructive, troubled and masterfully inventive as he sounds on his songs – to which you find out that he is – he is still just as madly entertaining.

Rye Shabby has remained active in his creative field, producing and collaborating, late last year having released his song ‘Shab City’. With his new EP DiESHABBY just around the corner, scheduled to be released this year, Rye has been working a mean amount and produced ‘a lot of cool songs’. In the interview it’s clear he’s not afraid to make his problems public, boldly choosing to come out with the issues he’s recently been tackling, regarding substance abuse and difficult life choices.

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Lewis Gant
Rye Shabby, what have you been up to recently? Any shows? Is there any planned material out soon?

Bonjour. As of recent, I have started my own business in buying and reselling refrigerators but it is going really badly so I have not given up on the rap stuff. Recently done a few shows in the midlands area one being at Nottingham’s Rough Trade venue which was fucking boss. New material is now about to land, the second E.P of the journey ‘DiESHABBY’. To cut a long story short, I basically had a bit of a difficult time in my life with drugs, alcohol and just making really bad decisions in general. The project is about me giving up on being that idiot of a person and killing him off, hence the title. It’s got a lot of cool songs.”

Could you give an insight as to what lead you to start writing as an artist?

“I started writing when I was like, 11. Not necessarily rap lyrics, or any lyrics in general, it was just really weird short stories and a lot of stuff I was just embarrassed about people seeing ahaha. I started writing actual stuff I could shout at people when I was like 13-14, it was pretty whack but I had the bollocks to rap with the older lot so people digged it.”

Who are your inspirations? Is there anyone who started it all for you?

Of course I have inspirations from the usual legendary hip-hop names, to name a few; Andre 3000, Doom, Nass & more. But the thing that actually made me want to start rapping and trying to impress people was because my older cousin who I really looked up to through my childhood used to spit and was in a group down these ways called ‘Alliance’, so I wanted to do that”

I’ve read and heard stories about how you’re pretty mental when you’re up on stage. Are there any funny or great memories from your best gig?

I don’t know what you mean about me being mental on stage!? How rude! Na, it does get a bit mad….energy levels have to be raised and faces have to be shocked otherwise it’s boring ennit. I tend to get in the crowd and be involved a bit and try and enjoy my own shows as well entertain the audience. A funny moment was at my first High Focus event I ever was blessed to be a part of at Concorde 2 in Brighton, I was so fucking nervous, and ended up drinking pretty much the entire rider and I fell off a huge speaker during my set. Luckily I managed to carry on rapping whilst on the floor, thought I broke my arm. It was described as an ‘oil painting’. S’all fun and games.”

I think some people I know could relate to Arthur Lager a little, from a younger person’s perspective, especially those that feel a bit disenfranchised. It almost feels like a cinematic experience. What’s it all about?

The first E.P was all about being broke, still wanting to let your hair down whilst struggling. A LOT of partying was going on around those times because I had just been signed to In The Balance Records and I was very proud of myself (maybe a bit too proud), so it was about the journey through all that. Which then links up with the concept of the second E.P very well.

Cinematic experience yeah? Rah, I can run with that nice one.”

Does the album name refer to the puppet that got onto the BGT final?

“Nah it doesn’t. I didn’t know that was legit, but it probably did have some subliminal link with inspiration. Fuck knows.”

You work a lot with your pals over at Indigo Frequency such as Sloth. Is there anyone else you want to give a shout out to?

“Yeah, Sloth is a good friend of mine and so is Whispy & DJ Ghosty who I also work alongside. The little toe rags. Big shout out to Forrest Moon, a producer from Ipswich you will be hearing a lot about. Shout out to the don photographer Gant…it’s his birthday today too so mega shout out blup blup blup gun fingers and all that stuff. Shout out to everyone involved at In The Balance Records ‘cos it’s takeover time. Massive shouts to Uncle Verb T, because without him all this magical shit wouldn’t be happening. Shout out mumzy too.”

What’s your favourite TV show?

“The TV shows I watch are fucking shit ‘cos I don’t really watch TV that much so it’s all just to laugh at the idiotic people on this planet. I like that shit ‘Four In A Bed’, people are petty.”

What would you do with a million pounds if you were given it?

“Most sensible thing to do would be give £20K to a responsible source for funeral costs just incase I enjoyed myself a little too much. Lol na, I dunno really. Buy a few exotic animals, just have a panda rolling around my yard or something. Dress him up in old Fila. I would name him Eric.”

If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would you pick and why?

“The 80’s Kate Bush, she was fire.”

Mr. Shabby, thank you for your time. Is there anything else you want to say?

“Thank ya you’s lot, it was a pleasure. Big up you guys. All I would like to say is keep supporting, DiESHABBY out in April – cop cop cop so I can afford to eat and keep abusing my body slightly. Nah I’m kidding. Well I’m not, but yeah look out for the new shit. Fuck Donald Trump. Keep it fucking gang. Easy.”

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Lewis Gant

 

KYANOS: Uncovered

KYANOS

Late last year saw KYANOS’ debut EP release Elevator To Japan – a body of work so short yet so satisfying – showcasing the potential of the new band. Consisting of four songs, the EP feels like it is built mostly around the second track ‘Thunder In Japan’ which highlights everything about smooth, lo-fi psychedelic and jazz, musically referring to bands like The Doors and Homeshake for direct inspiration. KYANOS harbour inspiration from these bands but take the chilled vibe to a new level, almost making you forget where you are. Making you lose all conceptions of the genres they aim for. Elevator To Japan is cleverly recorded with crisp and reverby electric guitars, bathed in washy, ghostly synths and jittered with elevator and soft rainy thunder sounds, and female Japanese vocal samples (say hello to the EP’s name). Not only did the band receive the success it deserved with the EP, but it caught the attention of NME.

Most interestingly, the entire EP was recorded on their iPhones.

For artistic reasons? To challenge themselves? A lack of equipment? The real reason being they initially recorded the first ‘Thunder In Japan’ demo on their phones so that they wouldn’t forget. Listening back to the track, however, they ended up enjoying how it sounded. “We liked the natural, lo-fi sound the recording made, whilst still sounding pretty cool and crisp. It was a couple of days after that we met up and recorded the rest of the EP live; and other than the synth solo in Lift we played everything together as if we were just jamming”.

KYANOS is: Sam Golding on Lead Vocals, Guitar and Synth, Seth Bauly on Lead Guitar, Fintan Wightman on Bass and Zach Franklin on Drums.

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How long have you all been playing together? What inspired you all to want to make music?

We all went to school together at one time or another, and we’d been in a band called The Folly, playing kinda crappy Arctic Monkeys covers and other indie rock songs, then I think we’d all started to get really into Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco and all that, and it all fell into place really. We started writing and recording our own material and eventually put out our first demo ‘BAJA‘ on Soundcloud in October 2016 I think it was. Shortly after that our boy Zach came in on the drums and it was then that we evolved into our final formation!

What does KYANOS mean?

‘Kyanos’ is the Greek word for ‘deep blue’ and is a derivation from the name of the stone Kyanite. We picked up a dictionary on New Year’s day a couple years ago and the first word we saw was kyanite, which we thought well reflected the more jazzy and psychedelic songs we had started to write.

You recently announced you are working on a debut album to be released this year. Will it be reminiscent of the 2017 EP hit Elevator To Japan, or are KYANOS seeking out a new direction in style?

I think as we were writing Elevator to Japan, specifically the main track ‘Thunder in Japan’, we’d started to really understand and develop our own sound, but we take influence from so many different things that our ideas are always evolving and changing. We haven’t been recording on our phones this time either, which has most probably had an effect on the approach we’ve taken when writing and recording the new tunes.

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What is your music making process?

Quite often a chord progression, riff or bass line might arise during a jam and we’ll all just kinda come up with ideas collectively. We had tended to focus on the music first before the lyrics which came after to fit the melody, however for some of the most recent tunes the lyrics have been written to coincide with the music a bit more, which has probably ended up giving the songs a slightly different feel to what we’ve written previously.

What about the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Does one of you focus on this aspect or do you all play a part?

We are all involved. It’s not so much one of us writing something and everyone else being told what to do, but an idea coming out of somewhere before we all contribute and get the rest of the song finished. Our latest single ‘So High’ is a perfect example, the song was a product of all of our collective ideas. Taking a group approach to writing helps the clarity of the song and the ideas we want to achieve, as well as giving it that proper KYANOS sound.

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What are KYANOS’ goals for 2018?

We’re currently coming towards the end of writing the final couple of songs for our debut album, Lost in Blue, and have been working on recording the tracks pretty consistently since about October last year. We’re also hoping to play as many gigs as possible to follow the release, as well as take part in the BurySound 2018 Final at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on March 9th.

Do you have any upcoming shows?

We’re playing at the BurySound final at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 9th March (tickets), and at The Hunter Club with our psychedelic buddies Sun Scream and F.O.X. as part of the Bury Fringe Festival on April 7th (tickets). As we’re working on the debut album at the moment we’ve been spending a lot of our time writing and recording, but as the album slowly gets into the final stages of production we will be announcing more live shows hopefully all over the place! We’ve played some great gigs at The Hunter Club in our hometown Bury St Edmunds where we’ve had a lot of great support!

Do you have any other planned releases?

Nothing is confirmed as of yet because we want to keep our focus on making the album as good as we can, however we were talking about maybe a couple singles or something being done when the album is all finished and put out for everyone to hear. But that all depends on how the album goes and the direction we feel our sound is heading. We’ve definitely got things we want to do, and have a great producer who is interested in working with us, which could lead to some really interesting music being made.

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KYANOS’ new song So High, is a bold, dreamy conglomerate of their influences, painted in a new direction, and is now out on all platforms.

Photography: Nils Carr