Rhiannon Mair is something of a rising star in the UK. In a nutshell, she’s making accessible acoustic folk rock that has plenty of crossover appeal for anyone who enjoys hearing something a little different from someone that definitely has talent. So quit the moaning about X-Factor and wanting more genuine talent on the airwaves. Give this gal a proper listen.
Here’s her lead single – Why Can’t I Be Your Girlfriend?
Rhiannon is technically a friend of a friend of a friend, I think. I was initially going to just tweet the song but once I had a listen I wanted to put something a little more substantial out there to show my approval/support. 🙂
I took some time out of my busy schedule watching the TV show 24 on DVD to ask this talented young lady some things about London life, Sugababes reforming, her music as well as getting Rhiannon to describe Amanda Bynes definitively.
What’s your sound?
R: Acoustic folk rock
Please sum up your background in a few sentences (growing up, education etc)
R: I was raised by a Welsh lady and an Englishman in a small village called Brantham just outside of Colchester, Essex. I went to a small country school, played in lots of bands. I moved to London when I was 20 to study music.
Who are your influences?
R: Musically… Matthew Bellamy (Muse) KT Tunstall, Bonnie Raitt, Feist, My Mum..
If you could collaborate with one pop artist who would it be?
What do you think of people who pursue music (arguably risky behaviour) over a ‘clearer’ career choice with music on the side?
R: I think they are very brave people. It can be very hard at times – up and down. But I think the people that choose to do music full time do it because they wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. Sometimes being happy is far more important than making a butt load of money.
What do you think of that BRIT school?
R: I think it’s right for the right people.
Judging by celebrities, record companies seem to be quite interfering at times – what do you think of them?
R: I think it depends on what kind of artist you are, and the type of deal you sign.
How would you like to see artists compensated for their work in light of illegal downloading and general industry shifts?
R: What Id like to see is a change in people’s attitude towards illegal downloading. You wouldn’t go into a shop and walk out with a loaf of bread, or some milk without paying for it. People have worked hard to get those products on those shelves, and we pay for it, because otherwise it’d be considered as stealing. For some reason, people seem to think that that doesn’t apply to music. They don’t understand that music too is a product that in most cases a group of people have worked really hard on, and should be purchased just like any other product.
What’s your favourite TV show that isn’t Game of Thrones?
Girls Aloud had pretty good producers (Xenomania). Yay or nay?
The original line-up of Sugababes returning?
R: YES! Loved them.
What do you think of the X-Factor?
R: Don’t get me started…
R: Up until this year, I never really watched it. But I think I may have been converted.
What’s your favourite place in London?
What’s your favourite place in the world?
R: A place called Seignosse on the south west coast of France. I think it’s where I’d like to end up later in life.
Have you ever been to a gay bar/club?
R: Yes. Many times.
If you could give Bernard from Bernard’s Watch a piece of your mind for misuse of a watch that could stop time, what would you say?
R: A few things come to mind. I won’t say though 😉
If you had to be a pizza topping, which one would you be?
R: I’d be the cheese 😉 [ED: Best answer possible. I had a birthday plate of cheese instead of a cake a few days ago.]
My X-Men ability was shattered recently. I used to not bruise unless you hit me hard enough but then I bruised easily last month. What’s your X-Men ability?
R: Hmm I don’t think I have one. But, if I could, I’d like to be able to live without sleep. I’d get so much more done.
Describe Amanda Bynes.
Rhiannon Mair covered Adele’s Rolling in the Deep: