Teesside singer/songwriter, Joe Ramsey, is due to bring out a new single this month so Lee Allcock caught up with him to speak about the release, remixing, and to find out what North East artists he’s listening to at the moment.
You’re set to release your new single ‘Shelter’ this month, so what can we expect from it in terms of its sound and lyrical content?
It’s an energetic track and acoustically driven. ‘Shelter’ is about wanting to be that person who makes the man/woman they’re after happy and to be their comfort, their ‘go to’. And the word ‘Shelter’ is used in a manner to represent that happy, comforting place and the difficulties one goes through to get there.
You’re actually releasing four new singles over the next six months. Why have you decided to do it that way rather than simply releasing an EP?
I like the idea of having something new and accessible to release every couple of months as opposed to everything at once with an EP; especially with the industry as it is today, I feel a phased approach is best. I hope you can hear a ‘sound’ being created from the upcoming tracks as that is the aim.
We hear you’re also inviting a bunch of remixers to create alternative versions of the tracks…what’s the thinking behind that? And how did that come about?
I thought it would be a good (and different) idea to create different remixes of each track which can reach out to multiple audiences adhering to the various genres they’re in to.
You’re also set to play at The Green Room in Stockton this month, so what can we expect from your set?
I’ll be accompanied by a band which I’m very excited about – to try and re-create what we did in the studio onto a live setting is the goal. Expect some new songs and a festive feel with it being close to Christmas.
In terms of North East bands, who are you listening to at the moment? And who should we be keeping an eye (and ear) on in 2019?
I’m into Michael Gallagher’s stuff – I’m sure he’ll be on the radar next year – and I’m also enjoying Sam Fender, Para Alta and Zach Said who was formerly of Teesside.
And finally, if you could play any venue in the world where would that be and why? And what would you have on your rider?
For me, a venue with 200 people who know every single one of your songs and are fully invested appeals to me more than a room full of 10,000 people who only know one or two: that’s my viewpoint at the moment, it may change. As long as I have Yorkshire Tea then I’m more than happy!
Joe Ramsey plays The Green Room, Stockton on Saturday 15th December. Tickets, priced at £5.00 in advance, are available from georgiantheatre.co.uk.