Andy Ruddy is an emerging singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist who writes fab acoustic driven pop songs. One of our favourites is ‘On This Great Day’, listen to it here at www.andyruddy.com.
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So, onto the nitty gritty Andy…
1. Where were you born?
Bradford, West Yorkshire.
2. Where did you grow up?
Bradford, West Yorkshire.
3. What jobs have you had? (Any jobs before you became an artist/musician etc)
I’ve worked in Law and Accountancy in previous years…now I teach music!
3. What got you started?
Music lessons as a young child- I protested and didn’t enjoy it at first but I can’t deny it helped me get started as a musician.
4. How old were you when you started?
I was 6 or 7 when I began music lessons- keyboard first, guitar came later. I wrote my first songs when I was about 10 or 11 (all terrible and high pitched but it was a start!).
5. Did you do any training? Where did you study?
I had a couple of very good teachers on my instruments growing up but I don’t think you can study to be a singer songwriter- it is something you develop yourself.
6. What was the first piece of work you did?
My first pieces of work were my band’s first recordings that we gave out at gigs when I was 16 or 17. They were raw and I was a very young songwriter but I think they were invaluable experiences of being in a studio and learning to develop the craft.
7. What piece of work are you proudest of?
My albums, definitely! My first album, ‘Everything is in Order’, which came out in 2015 and the second album which is out this year. They are the things I put my all into. A love of great albums is the reason I got into this and I’m proud of how they both turned out.
8. What are you best known for?
I’m not particularly well known on a wider scale- but by the people I’ve come into contact with, hopefully writing good songs!
9. What do you like most about your art form? The freedom of it. When you sit down to write a song, you can go anywhere with it and write about whatever you feel. Most things in life, we’re herded along and have to strictly abide by rules- creativity is a great antidote to all of that.
10. What would you improve about the field you work in?
I would change a lot about it! I think Streaming and the very poor remuneration from it for the people who create the music is something I wish could be more in artists’ favour.
11. What are you working on now?
I’m always working on new songs but right now I’m organizing things for the release of my second album. I’m also making plans for an acoustic album of songs that stylistically didn’t fit either of my albums but I think would be great to put out one day.
12. Describe your favourite kind of working day.
I enjoy teaching- I always feel far more awake and fulfilled after it. So maybe a few hours teaching piano, a soundcheck at the Royal Albert Hall before a support slot for Passenger or Frank Turner.
13. What top tip would you give to someone starting out in your artform?
Follow music that makes you feel something and try to write your own music with passion- even if it doesn’t fit with what is successful currently. What is popular will change but authenticity stands the test of time. Even if you don’t become popular, that connection and love for what you do will help you personally.