We first featured Birmingham producer Rude on The Tipping Point back in January this year and the talented songwriter has remained relatively quiet ever since. We caught up with the man himself recently to discuss his plans going forward.

1. Firstly, for those who are unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe your sound?

I suppose I would describe it as experimental; any musician that creates a genre of music apart from Experimental isn’t making true music – music is an art and it should always be experimental. We are here to make art, not emulate it.

2. We featured you on The Tipping Point a while back, what have you been up to since?

Since then, I have been working on getting the live set right. I won’t play a live show until I am 100% happy with the live sound. So far I have 9 tracks ready, including those from the EP, and I’m super excited to perform for people. I hope it’s not how the listeners so far imagine it live, because that’s the way I want it to be. Should be ready for a debut show end of 2015 if all goes to plan…

3. In terms of your career so far, how long have you been writing and performing as an artist?

As a writer, I started when I was 17 and have been a part of various other projects. I am now 25 and only now do I truly believe in what I do and that it is 100% what I wanted to be as a songwriter. It takes time to grow into yourself and experience things, and for me, now is the time. I’m mature and ripe, like a wonderful watermelon in the summertime.

4. Would you say you prefer recording in the studio or playing live?

Although being in the studio can be fun, it’s always what’s on my brain at that precise time which results in what you hear and sometimes, it could just be better and benefit from another brain. I am looking forward to re-recording and co-producing the EP with the right person as soon as the live unit is ready, and as soon as it feels right. I suppose the answer to your question is I prefer to play live. I think it will really bring the songs to life live, especially if we are accompanied by our own sound engineer and lighting show!

5. What is the most difficult challenge for you in the music industry?

The most difficult challenge is constantly reminding myself that I need to make sure my fans get the best possible versions of my music. I need to sometimes also hold back constantly putting every first draft of what I create on the Internet – I need it to really be a genuine and true representation of the song that I wrote and make sure it emits all emotions and feelings I had when being inspired to write it.

6. What is your biggest musical achievement to date?

To date, it’s working with the Love by Mistake label. It’s something I am proud to be a part of and the team that work there are great. I once played the HMV Hammersmith Apollo – that was also fun!

7. When can we catch you playing live next?

End of the year hopefully.

8. Will you be appearing on the festival circuit this summer?

Not this summer, but all going well, hopefully next summer.

9. Do you have any new material due for release soon?

There will be some more releases but I can’t put a date on it. I made the Winter EP and decided to let it breathe a little, and to sort out and organise the live unit.

10. Do you have any industry-related advice for emerging artists?

Wait until it feels right and be nice to as many people as mentally possible; there are so many people in this industry that want to see you fail, but don’t let them manipulate you and go with your heart. It is usually correct if you don’t have a bad one!

11. What’s the best way for people to get in contact with you/keep up to date with the latest goings on?

The best thing would be Twitter or Facebook I suppose but I just don’t enjoy social media, I feel it should not detract from what I am here to do – make great, honest music from my soul. Hopefully someday word of mouth may be how people hear of me – what a dream! Haha! Otherwise, email is cool – but yeah, Facebook and Twitter too.

12. What is your one major ambition for your career in music?

I would really like to play a gig to 10,000+ people, and hear them sing the songs that define points of high and low in my life so far. It would be really rewarding and I think anybody with a dream, drive and heart as big as mine should be given the chance to receive this reward.

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