Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Phil from Rei Gyaamie to find out more…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the name?
We consist of myself (Phil Jerromes) as producer and drummer, and Reiner Tarry who is a singer/songwriter. We met at Hull university doing our music degree. The name comes from Rei’s full name, it’s individual but a little difficult to spell!
We worked together doing a bit of function work, and then one studio session recording some of Reiner’s original music we realised there was a good relationship forming. Reiner is the brains behind the lyrics and melodies but we share a lot of the writing responsibilities.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Rei was brought up with R&B giants like Ashanti and Ciara, as well as some Motown kings and queens. Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations to name a few. I was however, was brought up with range of music spanning Indie/Rock/Rap/RnB such as Arctic Monkeys, Pink Floyd, Eminem and Kanye West.
At the moment though we have a lot of love for the likes of Grace Carter, Chloe Howl, Mabel, Dua Lipa... a lot of powerful female vocalists that definitely influence our music the most.
How would you describe your sound?
We touch the boundaries of pop, electronic, R&B and even dance, particularly with the new track. We listen to a lot of varied music and like to think this comes across in our own songs. There’s definitely a blend of intelligent melody lines accompanied by easy listening chords and beats.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The new track is ‘The Cut’ and it was influenced by life, relationships and family. This track details the struggle of coping with another person's emotions and needs and consequently neglecting your own until you subconsciously become quite resentful.
What’s your local music scene like?
Hull is great! There’s such an avid appreciation for unsigned artists, particularly with weekly sesh going on down at The Polar Bear. There’s definitely a lot of great Indie and Rock bands about with the likes of La Bête Blooms, Hubbards and Life. The pop scene isn’t quite as big, but with regular visits from Polo there’s definitely a fan base forming!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’ve just come off a good run of support slots throughout the city, and played on the main stage at Humber Street Sesh! We have our degrees to finish but after that we’ve got a few more appearances in the pipelines and definitely more material to release.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
This is something we’d love to consider when the time is right, there’s some great artists in the city. Maybe even drop in a few bars from Chiedu Oraka in a later release? He’s got some serious noise surrounding him right now and rightly so; we’ve seen him live a few times now and everytime it’s 200%.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We’ve not had anything go wrong, and they’re the funniest memories. There’s always time yet though...
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That our music is an honest representation of us. Fun and uplifting, but at the same time meaningful and relatable.
Also check out the new single!