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 artist Ring Saigo to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
Dublin, Ireland. There is some music in my family, so I suppose that's where the true origin lies. I started learning it in school, felt I had an aptitude for it and decided to make it my primary focus.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up, I would have initially been quite into rock bands. The likes of Mastodon, Metallica, Alkaline Trio, Coheed and Cambria and Cave In were favoured at that time. A little later on, I became attracted to the scale and the language of orchestral music, particularly film music. More recently, I find myself drawing from the gestures and articulations of Bon Iver, James Blake and D'Angelo, to name a small few. I do feel, though, that it is paramount for the artist to be willing and able to shrug off influences after a certain point. We must strive for new ground; we must carve out our own path.
How would you describe your sound?
Ethereal, aggressive, deep, wide, gritty, versatile, fresh.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
I've just released Book of Water, which is collection of three songs. Preceding it were Book of Fire and Book of Earth, which also had three songs each. The overall idea is to present four collections of songs, each one in a slightly different style to the rest. In the end, there will be twelve tracks, with a music video for each, all of which have been and will be produced by Lagoon Pictures. I have also partnered with Subset, a body of street artists from Dublin; with each release, they have created (and will continue to create) an accompanying large-scale art piece somewhere in the city (images are below).
What’s your local music scene like?
Very active but also quite insular. There are few artists who manage to break out of the island, for whatever reason. Still, the city is always alive with music.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Book of Wind will be released before the year's end, along with its three videos and the fourth and final art piece. There are no performances on the horizon currently.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Certainly; Justin Vernon, James Blake, Billie Eilish. There are many who have a unique approach. That's something that we all must seek.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I'm afraid not, as I've yet to perform.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Perhaps only that every single stage of the musical production for all of my work (with the exception of one piano recording, with which I was assisted in the engineering sense) is accomplished by me and me alone. From writing to performance to mastering, I do it all. I want to show people what is possible when the focus is pure and the resolve is true. Beyond that, my face, my name and anything pertaining to my true identity shall remain a mystery.