Rory Gillanders


Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Dublin singer Rory Gillanders to find out more…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from Dublin and I suppose I first got into music from listening to my parents play all the old vinyl records in the house. That sparked my interest from an early age and definitely influenced me picking up a guitar and scrawling some lyrics at a later stage.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Oasis and The Strokes were very big influences growing up as my friends and I were massive fans. Seeing those bands live definitely had a big impact on me and made me want to get into music in some way even more. My influences now would probably be Oasis or Noel Gallagher to a certain extent as well as Springsteen, Ryan Adams and Dylan.

How would you describe your sound?
I'd describe my sound as alternative or acoustic rock. Kind of old school, but with a modern sound at the same time.

What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release was an EP called 'Waiting'. Without going into too much detail I would say it was heavily influenced by the way I was feeling at the time regarding certain mental health issues I was and still am experiencing. Like anxiety, panic attacks and stuff. Not just the fact I was feeling down or whatever but there's hope in the songs about coming out the other side of it all and being even stronger. I've never sat down to write a song about anything in particular but that's what shone through on the record. Writing and recording the EP acted as a kind of medicine for me. Getting stuff off my chest was almost therapeutic and it's great that music can do that! One song in particular from the record called (I Wanna Be) a Free Man stands out in that respect.


What’s your local music scene like?
I've only recently moved back from London so am still exploring the scene in Dublin but it seems cool. There seems to be a lot of places for unsigned musicians to play so that's encouraging!

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
The plan for the next 12 months is just to organise as many gigs as possible and hopefully gain a following which will in turn lead to bigger things like playing festivals etc. I would also like to get into the studio to record a single too.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Hmmm, good question. Van Morrison or Lana Del Rey. But failing that then just somebody who's down to earth and is into the same music I am.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I got chased out of a pub in London before for refusing to play Wonderwall. The least said about that story the better! Ha.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
The one thing I'd like people to know about me... that's a tough question!! I make really good scrambled eggs!!

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