Australian musical prodigy and Audiofly Pro brand ambassador Ruel has been making waves in the global music industry with his powerful vocals and hook laden songs. After winning praise from industry heavyweights including Elton John and Khalid, Ruel became the youngest ever recipient of the ARIA Award for Best Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2018 followed by an incredibly impressive 2019 (which saw him crowned as the youngest male performer to not only headline, but sell out the Sydney Opera House…twice, and has had him land a #3 debut on the ARIA album charts for his sophomore EP, ‘Free Time’).
Now following the premiere of his latest track, As Long As You Care, and his online TV network, Ruelvision.tv, we’re excited to chat to Ruel about his journey and his creative process in our interview below.
If your music was a person, what would their personality be like? Do you have any character that comes to mind?
They would be exactly like me I think. My music is me, my experiences, my emotions and everything in between haha.
How would you sum up the past 12 months?
If you asked me this 3 months ago I would have a much different answer but right now all I can really say is confusing. I’m just really grateful I can continue doing what I love in this time though.
What’s the plan for the next 12 months?
WRITE A DAMN ALBUM. The pandemic has definitely pushed back album plans unfortunately, hopefully not by too much, but it is my main priority right now.
If you had to choose an album title as a quote to live by, which one would it be and why?
Live, laugh, love. Joke…that’s corny af. Probably something by Matty Healy. I don’t know what but that guy really blows my mind.
Who and/or what are your biggest influences?
James Blake is a huge one, James Morrison and Amy are my 3 biggest I’d say.
Have you had a ‘I made it’ moment?
Almost everyday since I started doing this properly.
How would you describe your creative song writing process?
I can’t really describe it. It changes too much, I like to switch it up with every person I write with.
What are the key differences (personally and creatively) between your two EPs, and how do you see your debut album being different from your previous EPs in those aspects?
The biggest difference I think is really just maturity, I knew what I was doing a lil’ more on the second one. This album is gonna be like that I hope, more mature, better song writing and something I’m most proud of yet.
What can listeners expect from your debut album and what do you hope they take away?
Something honest, something I would like to listen to and a Pitbull feature on every song.
Do you feel that your thinking and mindset has significantly changed from when you first came onto the scene in 2017 to now?
Oh yeah of course, I’ve learnt so much from all my mentors and I keep learning everyday. But to be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever truly understand this business.
What is the biggest inspiration behind your debut album?
I can’t really say that much right now. Not because it’s confidential, just because I haven’t written enough of it to tell you.
How are you deciding which songs will make it onto your debut album?
I want to have some sort of narrative, I don’t want to just pick the best of 50 to 100 songs. I want to write songs for specific parts of the album.
Do you still find that there’s a certain expectation from listeners based on your earlier output as to what things are going to sound like?
Not really, I think my core fans have enough of an open mind to let me keep changing and make the music I really want to make.
Any producers you really want to work with? Why?
Would love to work with James Blake as I said, Tyler, the Creator, Jack Antonoff or really anyone haha. I love working with other people who make all different types of music.
Have you learned anything new about the creative process since meeting so many different artists along your journey?
No not really, the time I have when I talk to other artists is usually quite limited because it’ll be at a festival or backstage at a show and things are never really relaxed.
Selling out the Sydney Opera House twice is such an incredible achievement. How was the lead up and actual performance at the Sydney Opera House?
That show I think to this day was still the biggest pinch me moment I’ve ever had. I was so insanely nervous but the shows were magical.
How important is audio clarity for your live shows?
Extremely, a good audio mix really decides whether I enjoy the show or not. I always like to be completely relaxed on stage so when I have good ears it makes it so easy.
What are your touring essentials?
Headphones, my own pillowcase, 1 pair of cool shoes and PS4
Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
Finally, favourite cartoon/animation?
At the moment Rick and Morty – that show will never stop being funny.