“I have followed my heart and it has been a beautiful process of building trust with myself, as an artist, and person.”

That’s the word from the thinking man’s electro-pop artist Ry X. He drops his anticipated debut album Dawn just days before he takes to the stage of St George’s Church in Brighton at this year’s The Great Escape festival. And don’t worry – plenty of his Australian heart has been involved with crafting its blissed and hushed dulcet tones.

The festival runs in the seaside idyll from May 19th to 21st and pulls together 450 of the best up-and-coming artists from around the globe for three days of music-based madness. So what are you waiting for?

I grabbed the chance to talk about the trappings of fame, home renovations and Steve Reich with him ahead of his 14-date European tour, which culminates in a headline show at Union Chapel on May 26th.

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
Heart, soundscapes, space

My favourite film ever is…
Ida is up there… such a beautiful scape they built. Felt in a way like the director was using my eyes – that’s a very rare feeling.

The most famous person I’ve met is…
Fame is a different idea for everyone. And for me something I don’t really subscribe to. Meeting people I look up to and am inspired by is always more rewarding than those considered famous. I meet those kinds of people every day.

The song I hate the most is…
Oh man! There is a lot of tough music to listen to… I have a hard time just listening to mainstream radio. I have to hope that either these artists are pushed into doing it in the hope of recognition (and that they will soon realise this themselves) and that they are on their way to finding themselves and better art in the process.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Well, it’s all part of the journey so it’s easy to forget the rough ones now…
But I’ve had a few. I used to renovate houses by the sea in my late teens – alone. Pulling thousands of nails and painting for weeks. Ripping out tiles and carpets and fixing hundreds of holes in drywall. It was really physical work but it was also very rewarding as I got to connect with my body and make something beautiful again.

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
The Police or Jeff Buckley

My favourite word is…
Community

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
A kind person – as much as I can be.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Somewhere outside in the beauty of nature – maybe under the Aurora Borealis in a cave. Or in some of the incredible natural ampitheatres around the world.

I think you should listen to…
Music that inspires you, widens your scope and is worth exploring, such as:
Gaussian Curve
Bohren & Der Club of Gore
Rodrigo Amarante
Keaton Henson (Romantic Works)
Yoshi Wada
Steve Reich
David August
DJ Koze
Kiasmos
Planningtorock
Fela Kuti
William Onyeabor
Ata Kak
Antibalas

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Ravi Shankar



Ry X play The Great Escape Festival in Brighton from 19th-21st May