Powerhouse soul is what Rag’N’Bone Man deals in. His gritty, street-trodden confessionals bare the weight of the soul, and within that it’s his emotionally candid way of expression that acts as a cathartic release.
The artist is bringing us a new live night, in the form of ‘Rag’N’Bone Man Presents…’, a night that intends to celebrate new and emerging music. It all kicks off this Friday at Manchester’s Sound Control with music from the troubadour, mesmeric folk singer River Matthews and local singer/songwriter Megan Dixon-Hood.
We grabbed a few minutes with Rag’N’Bone Man to talk about the live night, his plans for the future and more.
How did you start working in music? Was it what you always wanted to do growing up?
“I grew up with soul & Blues but my first proper love was Jungle. Stuff like Roni Size & Shy fx & Ragga Twins. I always wanted to be an MC or DJ before I realised I could sing.”
So the big news is that you are curating a new live night that shines a spotlight on new and emerging musicians. What were the deciding factors that drove your decision to start up a live night?
“Honestly, I’ve wanted to do this for ages I just didn’t have the platform. It’s hard to pull off when you don’t know promoters or booking agents but I’ve been touring for a while now & I’ve got a strong team to help me. I love new/live music, so it’s win/win for me cos I get to play myself & put on some other great acts.”
This edition of ‘Rag’N’Bone Man Presents…’ is happening in Manchester. Where are you going to take it next?
“I think the next thing will be festival season. But Presents will be back.”
What can we expect from ‘Rag’N’Bone Man Presents…’ in Manchester?
“Megan is great, you’ll love her. She sounds a bit like Sandy Deny & she writes great songs, small girl – massive voice & River Mathews who you have to hear to believe! The dude has his own style that’ll blow you away. Oh yeah and I’m playing, I’m not bad! Ha.”
When thinking about the artists and bands you want to showcase on the live nights, do you just go with your gut? Are they always going to be musicians that you’ve come into contact with before in some way?
“Pretty much. I’ve been making music & writing with quite few different artists & producers the last year. I like getting recommendations from them, I’m always asking about who they listen to & what good new music. If I don’t know them already, there’s usually a mutual friend.”
What are your plans music-wise at the moment? Are you working on any new releases or material?
“Yeah absolutely, I’ve been writing ferociously this year. I’ll have a new single out really soon & an album in the Summer/Autumn. I’m well excited!!”
‘Rag’N’Bone Man Presents…’ comes to Manchester’s Sound Control on Friday 29th January with support from Megan Dixon-Hood and River Matthews. Tickets are available here.