Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.
Recently we’ve met Bristol artist Bingo Fury, CVC, rising musician and producer pinkpirate, Houston-born alternative artist d4vd, Nell Mescal, and now we’re introducing you to South London based Rainn Byrns.
With his debut album ‘New In Town’ out now, the LP is filled with lo-fi gems that follows Rainn’s “crappy-go-lucky” take on life. We sent him over some questions to find out a lil’ bit more!
Describe your music to us in the form of a Tinder bio.
“There’s more where this came from, if you come to the dance with me”
- Napoleon Dynamite.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
‘Millennium’ by Robbie Williams. I remember hearing it in my dad’s car on the way to Swindon town centre (which was a bustling and developed town centre back then). I loved the silky violins, and found it irritating when Robbie’s voice interrupted them. I then found the source of the sample many years later - Nancy Sinatra’s ‘You Only Live Twice’. Those violins still give me tingles to this day. Oh yeah, and the Thomas the Tank Engine theme song which is actually quite impressive musically. Following the move to the states, the endless desert road trips were punctuated by Supergrass, Moby and Coldplay’s first album which has genuine bangers.
Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
I had a phase growing up as a young teenager where I’d listen to nothing but The Smiths. It lasted for about a year and as you could imagine, did me no favours mentally. It did however inform my guitar playing a lot, then Echo and the Bunnymen, Siouxsie and the Banshees etc. I was a bit of a goth, but then discovered The Velvet Underground & Lou Reed and subsequently Jonathan Richman, who made me realise it’s okay to not be so intense all the time.
You’ve lived in Texas, Swindon and South London! What do you think of the music scenes there at the moment?
I can’t really comment on the Texan music scene as I left fairly young and have no family there. I remember doing a gig in Swindon at a night club (age 16) on a Friday night. Club goers would come in, have a listen and make a swift exit, nobody stayed for more than five minutes - truly a trial by fire. I feel like somewhat of a drifter on the South London scene, nights out aren’t particularly my thing, but people are usually really nice, and encouraging of one another.
Are there any other artists breaking through at the same time that you take inspiration from?
John Myrtle is low key a hero of mine, that man sure knows how to write a song! I’ve been listening to Susie Merry a lot (as you should too!). I hope to one day write melodies as gentle and intricate as she does. And how could I forget, My Fat Pony, insanely good live show and fantastic songs.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
That’s a tough one, Simon and Garfunkel probably, I feel like I’d learn a lot from them in the process.
Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to this year?
I’m looking forward to doing more shows and recording some more of my music and maybe with some other artists, but right now I’m training for some bike races. After 26 years of pretty much no exercise I thought it might be quite funny if I became really good at something like that. Oh, and Christmas, because I get to hang out with my little bro!
If people could take away one thing from your music, what would it be?
It’s okay to be yourself and it’s okay to be anxious about stuff. More often than not if you have a worry or insecurity, a lot of folks can probably relate even if they don’t say it themselves.
‘New In Town’ is out now via Futureproof Records. Stream and buy the album here.
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