After Years In The Making, RY X Talks His 'Sacred' Debut Album
Back in 2013, Australian singer Ry Cuming's haunting 'Berlin' found it's way in to the UK Top 40 and gained mainstream attention after a casual BBC Live Lounge cover from Sam Smith. Since then RY X has been busy on various side projects (Howling, The Acid) with the world only now just hearing his debut album Dawn, released last week.
While Ry was in London recently we caught up with him to talk shaking off the "viral star" tag and why it too so long to get his album out...
On why it took until 2016 to unveil his RY X debut he said "Maybe just time. Putting some energy into the album and to the Howling record and touring those projects and just being fully committed to that experience as well meant it just took a little bit longer until I had the space to get to this place I guess. I needed time off away from the tour and from the industry again to re-centre myself I guess and try to make a really honest, raw record.
"The [music] industry is all consuming when you're in it," he also revealed. "It would've been easier to...do what everybody else seems to be doing but I really wanted to take time and make it kind of a more special and sacred thing."
On the thought of him being perceived as a "viral star" Ry added: "I think the people that know what I'm doing really understand and acknowledge the different facets of who I am as an artist and especially in mainland Europe they've followed me around with three different projects and seen me play in clubs at 4am playing house music, and seen me doing droney kind of sets for art installation stuff, and then concerts and shows in a church for Ry X.
"So I think in terms of my real community they understand definitely you know it can be hard to have gone beyond your original expectations so early on with an EP and it takes to make sure even in your self to settle down and find out who you really are as artist, what you want.
After 'Berlin' he admitted, "I had to slow down and listen to who I was and kind of I guess it starts from now in a way, the story builds and it's shaped from everything I've done over time, I don't really want to be seen that much as an artist that runs up the charts and then disappears. For me it's about putting out records for ten years."
"It's easy to go and write a pop song and stay in the motion, it really is. You write the right words and put it with sound and I think what I've tried to do is give something incredibly raw to people and you can see them resonate with it and that's really humbling."
Now the RY X moniker debut is finally out there, has he got another new side projects in the works other than The Acid and Howling?
"There's always side-projects!" he laughed. "I do have some other collaborative projects that I've got in the wings but I just haven't had time for them yet. [It's] just the nature of the beast you know when you're putting out a record and touring and it's a whole kind of process and part of what I've wanted for the past few years is trying to break down the rules of the industry but it's harder than I thought!
"You still have all those fun, traditional structures so those collaborative projects will definitely hopefully see the light of day at some point but I just need some more time for them."
RY X's debut album Dawn is out now.